Vacations in King Salmon, Alaska

Vacations in King Salmon, Alaska
King Salmon, a small town on the Naknek River of the Alaska Peninsula, is 290 miles from Anchorage. Though small, the area is full out opportunities for outdoor vacations. McNeil River State Game Sanctuary, a 200-square-mile habitat for native wildlife, is a great place to visit. Accessible only by float plane, the sanctuary has a large concentration of brown bears. Other animals you are likely to see include wolves, wolverine, moose, caribou, sea ducks, sea birds and other waterfowl. King Salmon is also close to many lakes, parks and other wildlife refuges for vacationers interested in outdoor experiences.

Katmai National Park and Preserve

Katmai National Park and Preserve is a nearly 5 million acre property perfectly suited for outdoor vacations. In the park you will find glaciated volcanoes, volcanic rubble and the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes which is a 40 square mile, 700 foot deep ash flow left by Novarupta Volcano. The park is also home to more than 2,000 brown bears, some of which you are sure to see when you visit the park's Brooks Campground. The bears go there to eat sockeye salmon from the Brooks Falls and Brooks River. These waters and others in the area are excellent spots to fish for rainbow trout, grayling and salmon. The outdoor adventure continues in Katmai with canoeing, kayaking and hunting.

Katmai National Park & Preserve
P.O. Box 7
King Salmon, AK 99613
(907) 246-3305
nps.gov/katm

Alaskan Experience Guide Service

Alaskan Experience Guide Service will help you have an outdoor vacation you won't forget. Experienced guides will go with you to the Nankek River in King Salmon where you can fish for all five species of Pacific Salmon. The outing may take you to areas where you will fish for trout and salmon in the same area where brown bears are fishing for their dinner. Hunters may want to vacation in King Salmon in the fall during waterfowl hunting season. Guides will set up a spot on the river banks where you will hunt different types of ducks, including pintail and gadwall.

Alaskan Experience Guide Service
P.O. Box 376
King Salmon, AK 99613
(907) 246-6772
fishalaskanexperience.com/default

Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge

Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge has a varied, complex and beautifully inviting landscape for outdoor lovers. The refuge has several lakes and rivers perfect for fishing, and spotting brown bears and moose. Other native wildlife you could see in the park are caribou and more than 200 species of birds, including raptors, shorebirds and songbirds. Exploring the refuge will bring you to the Castle Cape Fjords where you will see rugged mountains towering above the sea flowing between them. The refuge is also home to the active volcano Mount Veniaminof which has a 5-mile summit crater.

Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 277 MS 545
King Salmon, AK 99613
(907) 246-3339
alaskapeninsula.fws.gov

Article Written By Serena Brown

Serena Brown graduated from the University of South Alabama with a bachelor's degree in communication. She has more than 15 years of experience in newspaper, radio and television reporting. Brown has also authored educational, medical and fitness material.

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