The Alagnak River meanders 67 miles from the two lakes on the northern end of Katmai National Park to Bristol Bay. The Alagnak River is properly designated as wild and scenic by the National Park Service. Each summer, millions of salmon return from their ocean feeding groups to spawn in the Alagnak River watershed, bringing with them a wealth of nutrients that feed the ecosystem and allow other wildlife species to thrive.



Bears, moose and bald eagles are some of the well-known species you will commonly see, but the region has plenty more to offer, including caribou, beaver, wolves, and over 150 bird species!

Katmai National Park and Preserve, covering over 3.5 million acres, is home to one of the largest concentrations of brown bear in the world. With the location of the Alagnak Lodge on the western edge of the park, bears are commonly seen. In particular they are found scouring the riverbanks or swimming the river during late afternoon and early evening. You will long remember seeing bears in their natural habitat as one of the highlights of your visit to the Alagnak Lodge.

Moose are less commonly seen that bears, but are often seen swimming the river, or grazing in meadows along the banks. Finding an eagle of takes no more effort than walking out of the lodge and looking down the bluff upon which the lodge sits.

The Alagnak River offers excellent opportunities for wildlife photography, always have your camera nearby, whether in the lodge or out on the river. The excellent views from the lodge, in particular from the upstairs porches, result in many sightings.


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