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    Is there anywhere to get a wheel plane in around Brooks Camp?
    How about the coastal cabins/camps? Hallo Bay, Amalik Bay, the abandoned village on the NPS map?

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    For wheels to Katmai you are going to have to land at Kind Salmon and take a charter over to Brook's Camp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by polardds View Post
    For wheels to Katmai you are going to have to land at Kind Salmon and take a charter over to Brook's Camp.
    Nothing even on the coast?

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    Not in your National Park

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    You can land on the beaches in katmai along the coast. It is done every day by many operators and private folks.
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    Along the coast and as long as you are below the mean high water mark. That area is not considered part of the park. Just be careful to not cross the mean high water mark or you can get into trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by polardds View Post
    Along the coast and as long as you are below the mean high water mark. That area is not considered part of the park. Just be careful to not cross the mean high water mark or you can get into trouble.
    Cool. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by polardds View Post
    Along the coast and as long as you are below the mean high water mark. That area is not considered part of the park. Just be careful to not cross the mean high water mark or you can get into trouble.
    What kind of trouble? The only regulation against landing an aircraft in a national park relates to helicopters. Airplanes are fair game except for certain areas in Glacier Bay.

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    As cp says, there is no general restriction on landing wheel planes in National Parks in Alaska. There may be specific restrictions in some parks, I don't know, but there are none in Katmai.

    Regardless, there are no good places to land a wheel plane at Brooks Camp when there are bears to see there.

    The coastal areas can be accessed by landing on the beaches, but it is a long way from anywhere. Not the place to go to learn to land on beaches...do that somewhere else, then make your trip.
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    No wheel options in Amalik Bay area, Hallo yes, Swikshak yes, as well as some of the bays south of Hallo.
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    And the abandoned village has not been locatable for 50 years. You might find a place to land on the beach in that region, but the entire floodplain of that valley was completely wiped out by a massive landslide failure flood and there is absolutely nothing left that has been seen since of the village.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy Hamon View Post
    As cp says, there is no general restriction on landing wheel planes in National Parks in Alaska. There may be specific restrictions in some parks, I don't know, but there are none in Katmai.
    Indeed, thanks Troy. This is very much Alaska specific, with Uncle Ted and perhaps others ensuring that we retained access to our lands through ANILCA. Any restrictions on this right require regulatory hurdles, and must be published in the Alaska Supplement. Each parks Compendium also lays out any restrictions.

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