National Geographic : 1963 Jun
IAN (ABOVE) AND NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER WINFIELDPARKS River. A 905-acre lake, 400 feet deep, was impounded. The dam broke in 1915, and the flood swept down the river valley 15 miles to the sea in one mighty wave. It was ten feet deep and six miles wide when it emptied into Shelikof Strait. Now the Katmai River was but a few feet wide, a silver ribbon on the golden delta. Ed Seiler piloted the plane on up the coast and turned inland to land on isolated Dakavak Lake for a picnic lunch on a beautiful wide crescent of white beach (page 828). Then the four flew over Serpent Tongue Glacier and sighted little-known Kaguyak Volcano, in the northeast part of Katmai National Monument. There was a serene lake in its crater; a small cone rose from the lake. 830 At two in the afternoon the pilot pointed the plane southwest, and across the monu ment they flew. As they came down the Savon oski River, they spotted bear tracks in the sand, and then saw the bears themselves five of them in as many minutes. They landed on Naknek Lake in front of Brooks River Lodge, their tour finished. I asked them later whether the seacoast of Katmai is really its most scenic section. The answer was one I myself would probably have given: There is no single most scenic area; all of Katmai is superb. I remember something National Park Serv ice Ranger Dave Bogart, Katmai's ranger in-charge, said: "Most of our national parks and monuments are known for one feature or N.G .S.