Katmai National Park and Preserve

Izzy Ross/KDLG

Bears have a harder time fishing in deep waters of the Brooks River, and the park's partial closure will give bears unhindered access to shallower waters. 

Izzy Ross/KDLG

A commercial de Haviland Turbine Otter made an emergency landing Tuesday. Katmai National Park's superintendent said the pilot and passengers were unharmed.



Sage Smiley / KDLG

For years, Katmai National Park has had a problem with "bear jams." On June 30, the park opened a new, permanent, elevated bridge aimed at fixing the problem for good. 


Katmai Bear Study Continues

Aug 8, 2016
Katmai National Park

A three-year study at Katmai National Park has hit the mid-point. Changing Tides is the name of the research project looking at, among other things, food resources for bears along coastal areas. 


A new study centers on Katmai bears, but it's the people watching them both in the park and online who are the focus. Researchers are looking at how watching wildlife changes attitudes toward conservation.


Superintendent positions are open in King Salmon and Kotzebue, and the National Park Service's Alaska Native liaison is encouraging locals to apply. 

Disqus user RieRie Liz / Explore.org

The National Park Service has published it's annual look at possible regulation changes - including some for Southwest Alaska parks.

Gavin Gardner / LEGO Ideas

Brown bears, salmon, Katmai rangers and camera-wielding tourists -- Coming soon, probably, to a LEGO box set near you. 

Bristol Bay and Beyond, January 22, 2016

Jan 22, 2016

A North Pole Republican wants to consolidate the University of Alaska system, lawmakers and Bristol Bay students react to Governor Bill Walker's State of the State, and a park ranger presents LEGO Katmai.


The cub tested positive for canine infectious hepatitis, a disease that's been detected in more than 10% of Kodiak and Alaska Peninsula brown bears.

Two Brooks bears dead of unknown causes

Nov 6, 2015

Thousands watched via bear cams as two bruins quietly laid down and died. In a rare and mysterious case of non-traumatic bear death, those viewers have taken on the roles of both witness and investigator.

Katmai team fights invasive plants

Sep 10, 2015

Staff are urging visitors to take care not to spread seeds or weeds that can threaten native wildlife in Katmai. 

The hunt for a dino dancefloor in Katmai National Park

Aug 25, 2015
Ray Troll

Artist Ray Troll and Katmai's Roy Wood were on the search for evidence of Jurassic creatures... and all signs pointed to the stomping grounds of the duck-billed dinosaur. 

Tina Crowe / NPS

The bear cams at Brooks Camp, first installed by Explore.org in 2012, have a massive and dedicated online following.

Katmai's Brooks Camp Open Through Mid-October

Sep 22, 2014
National Park Service

The Brooks Camp Visitor Center in Katmai National Park will be open through October 12th this year.  Rangers will be at the center to answer questions and provide bear safety orientations. 

Usually Brooks Camp closes for the winter in early to mid-September. However, after an incline in camp attendance in late fall, this year the campground and the visitor center will stay open longer.