The Alaska Peninsula extends 550 miles into the Pacific Ocean and offers some of the best bear viewing opportunities in the state. Katmai National Park and Preserve is home to the famous Brooks Falls, where dozens of bears gather to feed on spawning salmon, plus the unearthly volcanic landscape of Valley of 10,000 Smokes. Lake Clark National Park and Preserve encompasses a wilderness of coastline, mountains, glaciers, and lakes filled with trophy-sized rainbow trout. The remote McNeil River State Game Sanctuary protects the world’s largest concentration of brown bears and is accessible only to lucky permit winners who enter a lottery to visit the sanctuary.
The town of King Salmon is the hub for access to most of the region, where visitors can book air taxis to the nearby national parks, wildlife refuges, and remote communities. King Salmon is accessible by scheduled air service from Anchorage.
Alaska Peninsula: Cities & Towns
Alaska Peninsula: Parks
Local Climate & Weather
For Alaska's day-to-day weather, it’s best to plan for a bit of everything. Learn more about weather in this area.