Katmai National Park & Preserve...

Katmai National Monument was created in 1918 to preserve the famed Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, a spectacular forty square mile, 100 to 700 foot deep ash flow deposited by Novarupta Volcano. A National Park & Preserve since 1980, today Katmai is still famous for volcanoes, but also for brown bears, pristine waterways with abundant fish, remote wilderness, and a rugged coastline.

Operating Hours and Seasons:

The Park and Preserve are open year-round.


Maps, by Air, by Boat.

Filming in Alaska:
Katmai National Park and Preserve

Whether you want to film grizzly bears or polar bears, from humpback whales to sea otters, or eagles to puffins, Alaska's fabulous wildlife is a major attraction. Wildlife photography and filmmaking are specialized arts requiring a great deal of experience, time and special equipment. More importantly the Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G) regulates fishing and hunting on Alaska lands in conjunction with the US Fish & Wildlife Service. If your production involves any use of Alaska's Fish & Game resources be sure to talk to the folks at the ADF&G - Alaska's hunting and fishing regulations must be followed by all productions.  If your project involves any use of Katmai National Park and Preserve, be sure to talk to the folks at National Park Service (NPS), as regulations must be followed by all productions. 

We have provided some links (see sidebar) to get you started in the correct direction, both ethically and legally.  Make sure you are observing the correct protocol to avoid any delays to your project, or legal problems.  We take our Alaska wilderness and wildlife seriously, and we would hope that you will, too.

Search and Rescue: click here

Questionable Activites: click here




  "I come more and more to the conclusion that wilderness, in America or anywhere else, is the only thing left that is worth saving."
Edward Abbey