Katmai National Park and Preserve Environmental Factors

Katmai protects the pristine lake and river systems necessary for the perpetuation of the Bristol Bay red salmon fishery, the heartbeat of the economy, ecology, culture, recreation, and history of southwest Alaska.

Weather, climate change, and geologic processes are also constantly changing Katmai. Volcanic eruptions and earthquakes are always a threat in this part of Alaska. Air pollution, water pollution, increased visitation, and changing use patterns are additional impacts that may affect Katmai.

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Featured Park
Rising above a scene rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes, and alpine terrain, the Teton Range stands monument to the people who fought to protect it. These are mountains of the imagination. Mountains that led to the creation of Grand Teton National Park where you can explore over two hundred miles of trails, float the Snake River or enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place.
Featured Wildlife
The pika is a close relative of the rabbits and hares, with two upper incisors on each side of the jaw, one behind the other. Being rock-gray in color, pikas are seldom seen until their shrill, metallic call reveals their presence.