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Lassen Volcanic National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Darlene Koontz
To visit Lassen Volcanic National Park is to witness a brief moment in the ancient battle between the earth shaping forces of creation and destruction in Northern California. Nestled within Lassen's peaceful forests and untouched wilderness, hissing fumaroles and boiling mud pots still shape and change the land, evidence of Lassen's long fiery and active past.
Park Acreage: 
106372
Highest Point: 
Lassen Peak
Highest Point Elevation: 
10457 feet
Visitor Count: 
388741
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Drakesbad Guest Ranch; Sierra Nevada Mountains; Great Basin Desert; Main Park Road; Loomis Museum; Manzanita
Endangered Species: 
Bald Eagle (threatened); Peregrine Falcon (threatened)
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $10; Annual Lassen Volcanic National Park Pass: $25; Commercial Tours (valid for 7 days): $25-$150 (varies depending on seating capacity)
Nearest Major City: 
Redding, CA
Gateway Communities: 
Mineral, CA; Old Station, CA; Shingletown, CA; Manton, CA; Paynes Creek, CA
Nearby Airports: 
Sacramento International Airport (SMF); Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO); Redding Municipal Airport (RDD); Red Bluff Municipal Airport (RBL)

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Lake Clark National Park and Preserve

Superintendent Name: 
Joel Hard

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is a composite of ecosystems representing distinctly different regions of Alaska. The spectacular scenery stretches from the shores of Cook Inlet, across the Chigmits, where the Alaska and Aleutian ranges meet, are an awesome sight - a jagged array of mountains and glaciers that include two active volcanoes: Mount Redoubt and Mount Iliamna.

Park Acreage: 
4.04531
Highest Point: 
Redoubt Volcano
Highest Point Elevation: 
10197 feet
Visitor Count: 
5320
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Chigmit Mountains; Lake Clark; Mount Redoubt; Mount Iliama; Bristol Bay; Tanalian Falls; Kontrashibuna Lake
Endangered Species: 
Peregrine Falcon (threatened); Bald Eagle (threatened)
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Anchorage, AK
Gateway Communities: 
Port Alsworth, AK
Nearby Airports: 
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC); Kenai; Homer Airport (HOM)

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Kenai Fjords National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Jeff Mow
Kenai Fjords national Park is a dramatic glacial landscape of ice, tidewater glaciers, deeply chiseled fjords and jagged peninsulas - 607,805 acres of unspoiled wilderness on the southeast coast of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. The park is capped by the Harding Icefield, a relic from past ice-ages and the largest icefield entirely within U.S. borders. At Kenai, visitors can witness a landscape continuously shaped by glaciers, earthquakes and storms.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round; Kenai Fjords Information Center opens May 21; Exit Glacier Nature Center opens May 21
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round; Kenai Fjords Information Center closes September 29; Exit Glacier Nature Center closes September 29
Park Acreage: 
669541
Highest Point: 
McCarty Peak
Highest Point Elevation: 
6450 feet
Visitor Count: 
251630
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Harding Icefield; Kenai Lake Road; Moose Pass; Exit Glacier; Chiswell Islands
Endangered Species: 
Bald Eagle (threatened); Grizzly Bear; Humpback Whale
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Seward, AK
Gateway Communities: 
Seward, AK; Moose Pass, AK; Cooper Landing, AK
Nearby Airports: 
Kenai Municipal Airport (ENA); Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC)

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Katmai National Park and Preserve

Superintendent Name: 
Ralph Moore

Katmai National Park and Preserve is justly famous for volcanoes, brown bears, fish and rugged wilderness. The park also has some noteworthy historic features - it is the site of the Brooks River National Historic Landmark, with North America's highest concentration of prehistoric human dwellings (about 900). If volcanic activity was what originally sparked the interest of the National Park Service, population of brown bears continues to be one of the area's most salient features and major attractions.

Park Open Info: 
Year-round; Brooks Camp opens June 1
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round; Brooks Camp closes September 17
Park Acreage: 
4.12408
Highest Point: 
Griggs Mountain - Knife Peak
Highest Point Elevation: 
7650 feet
Visitor Count: 
68630
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Fure's Cabin; Naknek Lake; Fisheries Building; Brooks Camp; Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes
Endangered Species: 
Grizzly Bear
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
King Salmon, AK
Gateway Communities: 
King Salmon, AK
Nearby Airports: 
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC); King Salmon Airport (AKN)

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Isle Royale National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Phyllis Green
Accessible only by boat or seaplane, visitors come to experience this island park through hiking its trails, paddling its inland waterways, exploring its rugged coast, or venturing into the depth of its shipwrecks. Isle Royale's physical isolation and primitive wilderness challenged human use for centuries; ironically today it has become the Island's main attraction.
Park Open Info: 
16-Apr
Park Closed Info: 
1-Nov
Park Acreage: 
571790
Highest Point: 
Mount Desor
Highest Point Elevation: 
1394 feet
Visitor Count: 
17070
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Lake Superior; Scoville Point; Rock Harbor; Windigo
Endangered Species: 
Gray Wolf
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass: $4 per day; Individual Season Pass: $50; Season Boat Rider Pass: $150
Nearest Major City: 
Duluth, MN
Gateway Communities: 
Copper Harbor, MI; Grand Portage, MN; Houghton, MI; Hancock, MI; Dodgeville, MI; Atlantic Mine, MI; Dollar Bay, MI; South Range, MI; Painesdale, MI; Mason, MI; Chassell, MI; Hubbell, MI; Calumet, MI; Toivola, MI; Lake Linden, MI; Allouez, MI; Wolverine, MI; Kearsarge, MI; Hovland, MN; Ahmeek, MI;
Nearby Airports: 
Houghton County Memorial Airport (CMX)

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Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Superintendent Name: 
Tomie Lee
Welcome to the marine wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, which includes tidewater glaciers, snow-capped mountain ranges, ocean coastlines, deep fjords, and freshwater rivers and lakes. An abundance of plant communities and a variety of marine and terrestrial wildlife exist in this diverse land and seascape. opportunities for adventuring and learning about this unique and powerful place abound in this magical land.
Park Acreage: 
3.28317e+06
Highest Point: 
Mount Fairweather
Highest Point Elevation: 
15300 feet
Visitor Count: 
413382
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Fairweather Range; Mount Fairweather
Endangered Species: 
Humpback Whale; Peregrine Falcon
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Juneau, AK
Gateway Communities: 
Gustavus, AK
Nearby Airports: 
Juneau International Airport (JNU); Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC); Gustavus Airport (GST)

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Congaree National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Tracy Swartout
Congaree National Park is home to the largest remnant of old-growth floodplain forest remaining on the continent! Experience beauty and tranquility as you visit the national and state champion trees in the park, towering to a record size amidst astonishing biodiversity. Walk, paddle or just take it easy within this dynamic floodplain ecosystem.
Park Acreage: 
26546
Highest Point: 
"Cedar Heights"
Highest Point Elevation: 
145 feet
Visitor Count: 
134045
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Cattle Mounds; Weston Lake
Endangered Species: 
Red-cockaded Woodpecker; Bog Mint; Fox Squirrel
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Columbia, SC
Gateway Communities: 
Gadsden, SC; Hopkins, SC; Pinewood, SC; Eastover, SC; Columbia, SC
Nearby Airports: 
Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)

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Channel Islands National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Russell Galipeau
Just off the coast of California's mainland lies Channel Islands National Park, one of North America's most pristine treasures. Due to isolation over thousands of years, the park has created unique animals, plants, and archeological resources found nowhere else on Earth. The park encompasses five remarkable islands (Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel, and Santa Barbara) and their ocean environment, preserving and protecting a wealth of natural and cultural resources.
Park Acreage: 
249561
Highest Point: 
Devil's Peak (inholding)
Highest Point Elevation: 
2475 feet
Visitor Count: 
375256
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Anacapa Island; Santa Barbara Island; Santa Cruz Island; San Miguel Island; Santa Rosa Island; Cabrillo Monument; Lester Ranch Site; Caliche Forest; Point Bennett
Endangered Species: 
Island Fox; Hoffmann
Entrance Fees: 
Campsite: $15.00 (per night per site)
Nearest Major City: 
Ventura, CA
Gateway Communities: 
Ventura, CA; Oxnard, CA; Springville, CA; Oakview, CA; Port Hueneme, CA; Camarillo, CA
Nearby Airports: 
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX); Burbank Airport (BUR); Santa Barbara Airport (SBA)

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Biscayne National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Mark Lewis

Biscayne National Park protects the spectacular underwater life of Biscayne Bay and the coral reefs, as well as the tropical hardwood hammocks of its keys. It is an unparalleled wildlife sanctuary, protecting an incredible diversity of mammals, birds, fish and flora. Visible from downtown Miami, Biscayne boasts a rare combination of aquamarine waters, emerald islands, and fish-bejeweled coral reefs. Visit Biscayne and see why humans, ranging from pirates to pineapple farmers to presidents, have been inhabiting this area for 10,000 years.

Park Acreage: 
172924
Highest Point: 
Totten Key; Old Rhodes Key
Highest Point Elevation: 
9 feet
Visitor Count: 
608836
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Biscayne Bay; Florida Keys; Stiltsville
Endangered Species: 
West Indian Manatee; Eastern Indigo Snake; Piping Plover; American Crocodile; Peregrine Falcon; Schaus' Swallowtail Butterfly; Least Tern; Loggerhead Sea Turtle; Leatherback Sea Turtle; Kemps Ridley Turtle; Green Turtle; Hawksbill Turtle
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Miami, FL
Gateway Communities: 
Homestead, FL; Miami, FL; Key Largo, FL; Biscayne, FL
Nearby Airports: 
Miami International Airport (MIA)

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Connie Rudd
Black Canyon of the Gunnison's unique and spectacular landscape was formed slowly by the action of water and rock abrading down through hard Proterozoic crystalline rock. No other canyon in North America combines the narrow opening, sheer walls, and startling depths offered by the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. With a plethora of recreational activities, including hiking and ranger guided programs, there are many ways to experience Black Canyon.
Park Open Info: 
North Rim - mid-April; South Rim - Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
North Rim - late November; South Rim - Year-round
Park Acreage: 
32950
Highest Point: 
Poison Spring Hill (inholding)
Highest Point Elevation: 
9040 feet
Visitor Count: 
160450
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Gunnison River; The Painted Wall
Endangered Species: 
American Peregrine Falcon; Gray Wolf; Columbian White-tailed Deer
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $15; Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $7; Black Canyon Annual Pass: $30
Nearest Major City: 
Montrose, CO
Gateway Communities: 
Montrose, CO; Crawford, CO; Cimarron, CO; Olathe, CO; Hotchkiss, CO
Nearby Airports: 
Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ); Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC); Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT)

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