The headwaters of Alagnak Wild River lie within the rugged Aleutian Range
of neighboring Katmai National Park and Preserve. Meandering west towards
Bristol Bay and the Bering Sea, the Alagnak traverses the beautiful Alaska
Peninsula, providing an unparalleled opportunity to experience the unique
wilderness, wildlife, and cultural heritage of southwest Alaska.
Given its remote location and
challenging weather conditions, Aniakchak is one of the most wild and least
visited in places in the National Park System. This landscape is a vibrant
reminder of Alaska's location in the volcanically active "Ring of
Fire" as it is home to an impressive six mile (10 km) wide, 2,500 ft (762
m) deep caldera formed during a massive volcanic eruption 3,500 years ago.
Katmai National Monument was established in 1918 to protect the
volcanically devastated region surrounding Mount Katmai and the Valley of Ten
Thousand Smokes. Today, Katmai National Park and Preserve remains an active
volcanic landscape, but it also protects 9,000 years of human history as well
as important habitat for salmon and thousands of brown bears. Brooks falls is
the most visited area where you can see lots of bears catching salmon in the
Lake Clark National Park is a land of
stunning beauty where volcanoes steam, salmon run, bears forage, craggy
mountains reflect in shimmering turquoise lakes, and local people and culture
still depend on the land and water of their home. Solitude is found around
every bend in the river and shoulder of a mountain. Venture into the park to
become part of the wilderness.