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Katmai Wilderness

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Area Management

The Katmai Wilderness is part of the 110 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of lands provides clean air, water, and habitat critical for rare and endangered plants and animals. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. You play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the requirements outlined below and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting the Katmai Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.

Visitor Management:

Visitor use of the Katmai Wilderness is governed by applicable provisions of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, National Park Service regulations in 36 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) Part 13, Department of the Interior regulations in 43 CFR Part 36, and the Katmai Superintendent’s Compendium (

No fees are required to access the Katmai Wilderness. Visitors may complete a Backcountry Planner in Brooks Camp. Bear Resistant Containers (BRC) must be used and can by checked out in King Salmon or Brooks Camp. A permit is required to overnight at Fure’s Cabin, located near the Bay of Islands on the North Arm of Naknek Lake. Permits are obtained at the Katmai National Park and Preserve headquarters in King Salmon. The headquarters may be reached at (907) 246-3305.

The following regulations and guidelines apply to backcountry travel within the Katmai Wilderness: • Stay 50 yards or more from any bear or other large animal. • Food and food containers, garbage, and fish must be stored in approved bear resistant containers (BRC) or lockable section of a vessel or aircraft. BRCs are available for free checkout at the King Salmon or Brooks Camp Visitor Centers. Coolers are NOT bear resistant. • Pack out all garbage. • Dispose of human wastes in holes 6 to 8 inches deep and at least 100 feet from any freshwater source. Toilet paper must be removed as garbage. • Do not disturb, deface, dig, or alter any archeological sites, historical structures, or remains. • Disturbing or damaging plants and wildlife and collecting plants, wildlife, rocks and pumice, and fossils are prohibited. • Edible fruits, berries, and nuts may be collected for personal consumption. • Camping is NOT permitted within 1.5 miles of Brooks River Falls except in the designated campground on Naknek Lake. Camping is NOT permitted in the core Hallo Bay Meadows from April 1-October 31. • Camping is limited to 14 consecutive nights in any one location. Each new camp must be at least two miles away from the preceding camp. • Campfires are permitted. Utilize previously used sites, employ a fire pan, or choose durable surfaces to reduce impacts. Collection of dead and down wood is permitted for use in campfires. Keep fires small and break up fire rings before leaving the area. • Fish should be immediately cleaned and consumed or stored in a BRC. Fish remains should be deposited in swift flowing or deep water. All fish caught and retained within the Brooks Camp area must be immediately placed in a plastic bag (available at the Brooks Camp Visitor Center) and carried directly to the Fish Freezing building located adjacent to the Brooks Lodge Office. • A valid state license is required to hunt, fish, or clam. • Explosives and fireworks are not permitted within Katmai National Park and Preserve. Firearms are prohibited in federally owned or leased buildings.

Natural Resources Management:

Each natural resource within the wilderness is a critical, defining element and is managed within the context of the whole ecosystem. Natural resources management in the Katmai Wilderness is guided by a coordinated program of scientific inventory, monitoring, and research.

In evaluating environmental impacts from natural resource management activities, the National Park Service considers wilderness characteristics and values, including the primeval character and influence of the wilderness, the preservation of natural conditions, and assurances that there will be outstanding opportunities for solitude.

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