The Katmai Wilderness is within Katmai National Park & Preserve, located on the Alaska Peninsula approximately 290 air miles southwest of Anchorage. The majority of visitors that experience the Katmai Wilderness arrive at Brooks Camp via floatplane. From Brooks Camp, visitors can be transported by bus to the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, one of the more popular Katmai Wilderness destinations.
The Katmai Wilderness may be directly accessed via air taxi flights chartered from Anchorage, King Salmon, Iliamna, Kodiak, Soldotna, Port Alsworth, or other nearby Alaska towns and villages. Regularly scheduled commercial flights are available from Anchorage to King Salmon, which serves as the Katmai National Park and Preserve administrative headquarters. Boats can access the Katmai coast from villages and towns along the Pacific Ocean coastline and wilderness locations along the Naknek River drainage can be reached by boat from the villages of Naknek and King Salmon.