King Salmon (South Eastern)

With a name like King Salmon, you can be certain that fishing in this Alaskan town is a big part of daily life. A gateway city to Katmai National Park, King Salmon is a popular tourist destination as well as a major shipping point for Bristol Bay Salmon.

Located just under 300 miles from Anchorage, King Salmon has roughly 450 full time residents. The town was originally built during World War II as an air base, with a road being put in during the 1950’s and other government agencies such as the National Park service and Alaska Department of Fish and Game setting up facilities there. The King Salmon Inn opened in 1956, and as of today, more than 30,000 visitors make their way through King Salmon each year, seeking fishing and outdoor adventures.

Visitors to King Salmon can catch a charter to one of the many fly-in lodges or nearby lakes and rivers, for some of the best fishing opportunities in the state. The King Salmon Visitors Center is located by the airport, and has a great selection of books, maps and information about activities in the area, as well as Bristol Bay and other parts of Southwest Alaska. Day tours of the area are available, taking guests into nearby Naknek, hiking and visiting a salmon cannery. Nearby Katmai National Park, Becharof National Wildlife Preserve and the Alaska Peninsula Wildlife Reserve all provide the opportunity for sportfishing, wildlife viewing, camping and hiking.

In addition to providing some of the best access to fly-in lodges and camps, King Salmon has several local lodges, a hotel and two restaurants for those visitors wanting to spend a little time there.

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