King Salmon Tourist Attractions
The town of King Salmon (pop. 442) is located on the north bank of the Naknek River. A 25-km (15.5-mi) long road from King Salmon to Naknek was constructed in the 1940s and 1950s. It was also the site of an air navigation silo for the US Air Force from the 1930s to 1993.
Katmai National Park & Preserve
Katmai covers 4.1 million acres in the north of the Alaskan Peninsula and is known particularly for it's volcanoes. In 1912 a huge volcanic eruption created what is now called Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes; a forty square mile area as deep as 700 feet in some areas.Following the eruption the peak of Mount Katmai collapsed forming a caldera which filled with water. From the air it is possible to see this incredibly green lake as well as other volcanoes in the area. The park currently contains 14 active volcanoes.Also of interest in the park are about 900 prehistoric human dwellings.Katmai National Monument is home to over 2,000 brown bears and the world's largest sockeye salmon run each July, which is the reason the monument was created in 1918.
Address: Katmai NP&P Field HeadQuarters, Box 7, #1 King Salmon Mall, King Salmon, AK 99613, United States
Entrance fee: FREE
Useful tips: The park and preserve are open year-round. Bear viewing in coastal areas is possible during June through August. Backcountry activities are best during June through September. Brooks Camp Campground - cost is $8 per camper per night (from June 1 to Sept 17).
Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve
The Aniakchak Caldera (volcanic depression) is located in the active Aleutian Mountains. The crater contains many outstanding examples of volcanic features, including lava flows, cinder cones, and explosion pits. Known as the "Ring of Fire", the Aniakchak National Monument is the least visited National Park due to its remote location and tendencies for bad weather.
Address: #1 King Salmon Mall, Box 245, King Salmon, AK 99613, United States
Entrance fee: FREE
Useful tips: Access to and movement within Aniakchak, however, may be limited or restricted at any time depending upon prevailing weather conditions and/or volcanic activity. Please also be aware that in-holdings of private property exist within the monument and preserve. At no time is it permissible to enter private lands without prior consent from the landowner. Please respect the rights of property owners and avoid illegal trespassing.
Alagnak Wild River
Located in the Aleutian Range, Alagnak Wild River offers wildlife, camping and boat trips. Sportfishing is a highlight on the Alagnak Wild River where rainbow trout, arctic char, grayling, sockeye and king salmon abound.Visitors can also float, cruise or white water raft on the river!