Katmai National Park and Preserve

Summer: A Great Season To Find Yourself In A National Park

National Parks. They are places of wonderment. They spark our curiosity, help us relax, and can keep us in shape. They offer thousands of miles of hiking trails, majestic vistas, deep woods, rushing streams, and quite literally an open-air zoo of wildlife that relies on these landscapes to thrive and, in some cases, merely survive.

Abandoned Ship Beaches At Katmai National Park, Possibly Leaking Fuel

Salvage teams hoped to get a chance this weekend to work on recovering a capsized vessel that came aground at Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska, where an oil sheen was seen drifting away from the wreck.

Wrestling Bears At Katmai National Park, The Video

Bears 32 Chunk (darker brown) and 89 Backpack (grizzled brown) spar in an extended play fight.

Bear At Katmai National Park Belly Flops For His Fish

Brown bears at Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska are renowned for their fishing prowess at Brooks Falls, but one apparently has refined his/her technique: The bruin does a belly flop into the water to catch a salmon.

Katmai National Park Moves To Ban Bicycles From Valley Of 10,000 Smokes

As mountain bikes continue to evolve, they are able to tackle more and more terrain...and are found in more and more places. But at Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska, officials don't believe bikes of any kind fit in the Valley of 10,000 Smokes and are moving to ban them via an update to the superintendent's compendium, or rulebook.

Do Coastal Brown Bears At Katmai National Park Have A Taste For Clams?

Coastal brown bears can get to be huge animals. With their hankering for salmon, they certainly get a lot of protein to help bulk up. But what about shellfish? Do the bears of Katmai National Park in Alaska relish clams, whether on the half shell or not?

Photography In The National Parks: Looking Back On 2014

Whether you were looking to improve your technical expertise with a camera, or curious about the thought processes that professional photographers went through in framing their photos, Contributing Photographers Deby Dixon and Rebecca Latson covered the bases for you through the past 12 months. Here for your review, and just a click away, are the columns they wrote in 2014.

Wednesday's The Last Day To Comment On Proposed Sport Hunting Regs At National Preserves In Alaska

National Park Service officials, looking to offset the recent liberalization of Alaska state hunting regulations, are proposing regulations that aim to better protect predators from hunters. The comment period on the proposed regulations runs out Wednesday.

Photography In The National Parks: Katmai Or Lake Clark National Parks, Which Is Best For Bear Photography?

So you can't decide between Katmai National Park or Lake Clark National Park for your bear viewing photography? Rebecca Latson weighs in on comparisons between the two.

Katmai National Park Snared Bear Saved By Park Rangers, Biologists

A coastal brown bear doomed to death by a snare around her neck was saved by Katmai National Park and Preserve rangers and biologists who were able to remove the snare, and tatoo her for future identification, in a quickly performed procedure.

Photography In The National Parks: Leading Lines, Tight Compositions And One’s Point Of View

Opposites do attract...the viewer's eye. Rebecca Latson offers up a few more handy techniques for you to try out during your next visit to a national park.

Subsistence-Collection Regs To Be Developed For National Park Lands In Alaska

Regulations will be developed for gathering of "wild, renewable resources" on national park lands in Alaska where it is allowed.

National Park Service Proposing Hunting Restrictions In Alaskan Units

The National Park Service, responding to the state of Alaska's liberalized hunting seasons for predators, is proposing to shorten the hunting seasons in some of its units in the state.

Photography In The National Parks: My Five Favorite Images Of 2013

Of all the photos you've taken during your 2013 national park visits, do you have any particular favorites? Contributing photographer Rebecca Latson has chosen five of her own favorites and explains why they are favorites.

What You Didn't Know About Katmai National Park: Its Rich Archaeological History

Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska is world-renowned for its brown bears that while away their days fishing in the Brooks River. But the park also has a rich archaeological history, one that shows human life there dating back at least 4,500 years.

Katmai National Park Camping Reservations Added To Recreation.gov

Another national park has added its camping reservations system to the recreation.gov portal. At Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska, this means you can go online to reserve campsites at Brooks Camp and other destinations in the park.

Traveler's Gear Box: The Lowepro Flipside 500 AW Backpack

Love at first sight: A photographer's connection with Lowepro's Flipside 500 AW backpack.

Photography In The National Parks: Landscapes Of Katmai National Park And Preserve

For the most part, a visit to Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska, is going to be either for the sport fishing or the bear photography. Usually, not much is mentioned regarding landscape photography within the park. That being said, there *are* all sorts of landscape photo ops waiting to be captured within that amazing place.

Photography In The National Parks: The Bears Of Katmai

“Walk quickly!” the ranger urgently called out to the two of us as we were halfway across the floating bridge between Brooks Lodge and the Lower Platform. Without another word, my fellow photo tour attendee and I hefted our tripods with supertelephotos attached and “walked (very) quickly” across to the opposite gate nearest the platform before they closed down the bridge for a morning “bear jam.”

Exploring The Parks: Brooks Lodge And The Bears Of Katmai National Park

Last month I joined up with Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris for a tour to photograph the coastal brown bears (Ursus arctos) of Katmai National Park, Alaska. It was an experience of a lifetime for me and one I so enjoyed that I am hoping to return in 2014.

Is National Park Service Embarking On A Bridge Too Far, And Costly, At Katmai National Park?

Though funding has not yet been identified, the National Park Service is proposing to build a bridge and boardwalk across the Brooks River in Katmai National Park and Preserve that could cost upwards of $7.4 million.

Politicians, Staff Heading To National Parks During Congressional Recess

Denali National Park and Preserve seems to be quite popular this August with congressional staffers, though a number of other parks also are destinations for politicians and their staff during the August recess.

Katmai National Park And Preserve Officials Reviewing Sport Hunting Guidelines

National Park Service officials are reviewing their sport hunting guidelines for Katmai National Preserve, where some have compared hunting brown bears to shooting fish in a barrel.

Issue Of Hunting Brown Bears At Katmai National Preserve Arises Again

Four years ago we brought you a video that touched more than a few nerves. The subject was hunting brown bears in Katmai National Preserve and raised the question of whether it was really sporting or ethical. While the resulting uproar died down, it's creeping up again as Park Service officials seek public comment on a proposal to allow two sport-hunting guide businesses to operate in the preserve.

National Park Service Implementing "Flight Following" Technology in Alaska, Perhaps Nation-wide

"Flight following" technology, which can help dispatchers keep an eye on the whereabouts of aircraft, is being required aboard all National Park Service aircraft, or any aircraft carrying Park Service personnel, in Alaska, and soon could be required throughout the National Park System.

Where Can You See Wildlife Right Now: Brown Bears In Katmai National Park and Preserve

Perhaps the biggest stage for bears in the National Park System these days is Brooks Camp at Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska, where July is a great month for viewing bears fishing the Brooks River there.

What's Real And What's Not Behind Reality TV's Nature Shows?

Have you ever wondered what's real, and what's not, in those reality TV shows that take you into the backcountry to explore survival? Well, read on.

Research Fellowships Being Offered at National Parks In Alaska

The National Park Service is currently accepting applications for research fellowships in national parks and preserves in Alaska.
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