Katmai Calling!

Matthew Boyer is the Director of Development for the National Park Foundation, he is currently blogging from Katmai National Park & Preserve – a hot spot for bear activity in Alaska.

Katmai National Park & Preserve is located on the Alaska Peninsula, 290 miles southwest of Anchorage and a short distance from Kodiak Island. Katmai is one of the most remote parks in the national park system and was established in 1918 to preserve the famed Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, a spectacular forty-square mile ash flow deposited by the Novarupta Volcano. We are joined by National Park Service Rangers who have shared their knowledge of Katmai’s pristine waterways, ancient volcanoes, remote wilderness and of course, bears.

Bear standing in rushing river waters

We got some great photos of bears doing what they do best, catching salmon. The park offers us the opportunity to witness an abundant brown bear population catching salmon during the famous Alaskan King Salmon run. Currently, the King Salmon are jumping over the falls at a rate of 130 per minute and the migratory activity of the salmon has caused as many as 14 bears to be spotted at the falls by park rangers in recent days.  

Salmon swimming upstream

The weather has been fairly cold, windy (temperature reaching no more than the high 40s), and cloudy but the experience in Katmai is providing lifetime memories for myself and the other members on the the National Park Foundation's Expedition to Katmai. National Park Foundation Expeditions are multi-day excursions to some of our nation’s most beloved and sacred places – our national parks. Planned in detail with the National Park Service, each trip provides a unique experience for National Park Foundation donor to discover the history, legacy and challenges facing our national parks.

Bear sitting at rivers edge

Last updated July 12, 2012.

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