Katmai National Park and Preserve  

Site of the largest volcanic eruption during the 20th Century, this remote wilderness park is also a refuge for about 2,000 brown bears. When the salmon are running, bears gather and gorge themselves, making for some of the most amazing wildlife viewing in the world. In the Valley of 10,000 Smokes, rivers are slowly carving their way through hundreds of feet of ash left by the explosion of Novarupta, one of at least 14 active volcanoes in the park. Katmai also has the largest lake in the entire National Park system.

Established as a national monument six years after the 1912 eruption. Expanded and redesignated a national park and preserve in the 1980 Alaska lands act.

Size: 4.1 million acres, five times larger than California’s Yosemite National Park. Located approximately 300 miles southwest of Anchorage.

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