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First established in 1918 as Katmai National Monument, Katmai National Park and Preserve protects an active volcanic landscape, as well as an important habitat for salmon and the thousands of brown bears that feast on them.

When most people envision Katmai, they think of bears. The National Park is one of the best brown bear viewing areas in the world. More than 2,000 brown bears call Katmai home, many of them gathering at the Brooks Camp area of the park to fish for sockeye salmon in the Brooks River. A short hike will lead you to three wildlife-viewing platforms along the river where you can watch the bears dive for their dinner.