Katmai National Park photos

Brown bears play fighting behaviour in the Brooks River, Katmai National Park, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Brown bears play fighting behavior in the Brooks River, Katmai National Park, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Katmai National Park and Preserve

Katmai National Park photos

Katmai attracts photographers, sports fishing enthusiasts, and adventure tourists alike and it remains one of my favorite places to photograph, not only for the great brown bears, but also the beautiful vistas along its shores and surrounding mountains. All of the Katmai National Park photos are available for purchase as stock photography, or as fine art prints to display in your home or office.

A Wilderness Sanctuary

Katmai National Park and Preserve is a wilderness sanctuary that spans four million acres of wild and rugged country. It is a land of lakes, coastal shores, fish choked rivers and volcanic and mountain topography. It is famous for the extraordinary viewing opportunities of the coastal brown bears which congregate to feed on the abundant spawning salmon. Other activities include hiking and kayaking, backpacking and camping. 

Overview of Naknek lake and the Kejulik mountains from Dumpling mountain, Katmai National Park, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Overview of Naknek lake and the Kejulik mountains from Dumpling mountain, Katmai National Park, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


DIGITAL COMPOSITE: Brown bear walks along the shores of Naknek lake at dawn, Kejulik mountains, Katmai National Park, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Brown bear walks along the shores of Naknek lake at dawn, Kejulik mountains, Katmai National Park, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Brooks Falls Brown Bears

There is perhaps no greater or more famous bear viewing destination in the world that the waterfalls along the Brooks River. Platforms allow for safe viewing and photographing the abundant brown bear population that returns each year during the salmon migration to fill their hungry bellies on the fat and protein-rich food source.

Brown bear attempts to grab a red salmon as it jumps the Brooks river falls, Katmai National Park, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Brown bear attempts to grab a red salmon as it jumps the Brooks river falls, Katmai National Park, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Panorama of brown bears fsihing for salmong at Brooks Falls on the Brooks River, Katmai National Park, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Panorama of brown bears fishing for salmon at Brooks Falls on the Brooks River, Katmai National Park, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Tourists view brown bears at the Brooks falls, Katmai National park, southwest, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Tourists view brown bears at the Brooks Falls, Katmai National park, southwest, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Tourists view bears from the viewing platform along the Brooks River, Brooks Lodge, Katmai National Park, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Tourists view bears from the viewing platform along the Brooks River, Brooks Lodge, Katmai National Park, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Fishing for salmon and trout

Katmai is also a mecca for fisherman as well. The Brooks River is filled with salmon during the summer migration and fisherman come from the world over to fish its waters. They share the space with the brown bears, and sometimes, it gets a little crowded.

Fly fishing in the Brooks river with the brown bears, Katmai National Park, southwest, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Fly fishing in the Brooks river with the brown bears, Katmai National Park, southwest, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Fly fishing for red salmon on the Brooks river, Katmai National Park, southwest, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Fly fishing for red salmon on the Brooks River, Katmai National Park, southwest, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Red salmon migrate up the Brooks River and leap up the Brooks falls, Katmai National Park, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Red salmon migrate up the Brooks River and leap up the Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Brown bear wades in the Brooks river, morning sunrise over the Brooks river and Naknek lake, Katmai National Park, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Brown bear wades in the Brooks River, morning sunrise over the Brooks River and Naknek Lake, Katmai National Park, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Brown bear walks along the shore of Naknek lake, Katmai National Park, southwest, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Brown bear walks along the shore of Naknek Lake, Katmai National Park, southwest, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Brown bear spring cubs walk along the shore of Naknek lake at sunrise, in Katmai National Park, Alaska (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Brown bear spring cubs walk along the shore of Naknek Lake at sunrise, in Katmai National Park, Alaska (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Two small brown bear spring cubs playfight in Katmai National Park, Alaska (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Two small brown bear spring cubs playfight in Katmai National Park, Alaska (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Wildlife of Katmai

While Katmai is famous for its brown bears, there are other animals that make the region home including moose, wolves, lynx and many other species of birds and animals.

Brown bear sow and spring cub watch bull moose walk through Brooks river, Naknek lake, Katmai National Park, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Brown bear sow and spring cub watch bull moose walk through Brooks river, Naknek Lake, Katmai National Park, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Lynx walks along a grassy field in Katmai National Park, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Lynx walks along a grassy field in Katmai National Park, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Gray wolf in the Brooks river, Katmai National Park, southwest, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Gray wolf in the Brooks River, Katmai National Park, southwest, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Spruce grouse, Katmai National Park, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Spruce grouse, Katmai National Park, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Red squirrel eats spruce cones, Katmai National Park, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

A red squirrel eats spruce cones, Katmai National Park, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Valley of 10,000 Smokes

The Valley of 10,000 Smokes is a valley in Katmai that has a very odd, lunar feel. The massive volcanic eruption of Novarupta in 1912 filled the area with ash up to 700 feet. The Ukak River has carved its way through the ash remnants leaving steep banks.

Ukak river, Valley of 10,000 smokes, Katmai National Park, Alaska. Ash landscape from the 1912 Novarupta volcano eruption. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Ukak River, Valley of 10,000 smokes, Katmai National Park, Alaska. Ash landscape from the 1912 Novarupta volcano eruption. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Dwarf fireweed and Ukak river, Valley of 10,000 smokes, Katmai National Park, Alaska. Ash landscape from the 1912 Novarupta volcano eruption. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Dwarf fireweed and Ukak River, Valley of 10,000 smokes, Katmai National Park, Alaska. Ash landscape from the 1912 Novarupta volcano eruption. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Fossils in rocks, Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, Katmai National Park, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Fossils in rocks, Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, Katmai National Park, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Coastal Katmai

Katmai is a huge park and its outer boundaries border the Pacific Ocean along the Alaska Peninsula. The area is rugged and extremely wild, flanked by mountains and beautiful shores.

Landscape of waves washing up along the sandy beach of Katmai National Park, Aleutian mountain range, Alaska peninsula, southwest Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Landscape of waves washing up along the sandy beach of Katmai National Park, Aleutian mountain range, Alaska Peninsula, southwest Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Lupine wildflower meadow in Katmai National Park, Alaska Peninsula, southwest Alaska. Aleutian mountains in the distance. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Lupine wildflower meadow in Katmai National Park, Alaska Peninsula, southwest Alaska. Aleutian mountains in the distance. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Hikers walk along the sandy beach on the coast of Katmai National Park, Alaska Peninsula, southwest Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Hikers walk along the sandy beach on the coast of Katmai National Park, Alaska Peninsula, southwest Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Coastal brown bear in a meadow of lupine wildflowers, Katmai National Park, Alaska Peninsula, southwest Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Coastal brown bear in a meadow of lupine wildflowers, Katmai National Park, Alaska Peninsula, southwest Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Savannah sparrow perches on a lupine blossom in a field of wildflowers in Katmai National Park, Alaska Peninsula, southwest Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Savannah sparrow perches on a lupine blossom in a field of wildflowers in Katmai National Park, Alaska Peninsula, southwest Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Brown bear among the driftwood along the shore of coastal, Katmai National Park, Alaska Peninsula, southwest Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Brown bear among the driftwood along the shore of coastal, Katmai National Park, Alaska Peninsula, southwest Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Coastal brown bear rolls in a grassy meadow with its feet sticking in the air. Katmai National Park, Alaska Peninsula, southwest Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Coastal brown bear rolls in a grassy meadow with its feet sticking in the air. Katmai National Park, Alaska Peninsula, southwest Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

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