Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

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Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

Alaska

(406) 243-6933

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Overview

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is a composite of ecosystems representative of many regions of Alaska. The spectacular scenery stretches from the shores of Cook Inlet, across the Chigmit Mountains, to the tundra covered hills of the western interior. Wilderness travel, backpacking, hiking, rafting/kayaking, wildlife viewing, hunting and fishing are some of the many activities available in the Park & Preserve.

Map of Lake Clark

Latitude, Longitude: 60.199431, -154.323939

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Activities

  • Boating

    Kayaking, canoeing, power boating and rafting are all options in this area.

  • Camping

    Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is a wild part of the world. All camping is primitive, no facilities or designated campsites exist. You should use Leave No Trace guidelines to minimize your impacts. Backcountry permits for camping and hiking are not required, however there are rules and regulations governing one's behavior in all national park areas.

  • Climbing

    Rock climbing is available. Please contact the park for more information.

  • Fishing

    Federal regulations require an Alaska fishing license and compliance with all State of Alaska fishing regulations. Licenses and tags can be acquired in Anchorage or in Port Alsworth. Most lodges in Port Alsworth sell licenses, and tags can be obtained at Lake Clark Air.

    The National Park Service strongly supports catch and release fishing and suggests all visitors comply with this conservation program. If you do decide to keep the fish you catch, you must comply with the park's requirements for securing your catch from bears and other wildlife. You'll find this information in the park's requirements for food storage.

  • Hiking

    Lake Clark is a trailless wilderness, and you are free to travel where you like. No trails, no cabins, just you, out there. Trails become travel corridors that congregate people and concentrate their impacts. Traillessness helps to disperse use and its associated impacts. However, spending time in this pristine country requires preparation, self-sufficiency, and backcountry skills.

    Day hiking opportunities are endless. Enjoy a climb up to alpine lakes and tundra meadows, a stroll across river gravel bars, or a challenging bushwhack up to a seldom-visited waterfall. There is one maintained trail system, the Tanalian Falls trail, which originates in Port Alsworth. Other day hiking spots can be reached by plane or boat.

  • Hunting

    Sport hunting and trapping are permitted in Lake Clark National Preserve, but not in Lake Clark National Park. To hunt in the preserve, you must have all required licenses and permits and follow all other state regulations. Licenses and permits can be purchased in Anchorage, and may also be available at some lodges in the park area.

  • Water Sports

    There are numerous lakes and rivers to explore by kayak or canoe. Travel by power boat is an option to see the beautiful coast line. Rafting rivers in the Lake Clark area is a great way to experience wilderness, and there are numerous float trip possibilities.

  • Winter Sports

    Seasonal sports are available. Contact the park for more information.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open year-round, although most people visit between June and September. The visitor center and field headquarters in Port Alsworth are staffed throughout the year, as well as the park administrative headquarters in Anchorage and field office in Homer.

Directions

Driving

There is no highway access to the park and preserve.

Flying

Access to the Lake Clark region is by small aircraft and many air taxi services provide transportation to the park. Float planes may land on the many lakes throughout the area. Wheeled planes land on open beaches, gravel bars, or private airstrips in or near the park. A one to two-hour flight from Anchorage, Kenai or Homer will provide access to most points within the park and preserve.

Public Transportation

Scheduled commercial flights between Anchorage and Iliamna, 30 miles outside the boundary, provide another means of access.

Transportation to and within the park can be obtained in a number of surrounding towns. Port Alsworth, a small lakeside community, is the park field headquarters. Other towns providing access to the park include Homer, Kenai, Iliamna, Newhalen, and Nondalton.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(406) 243-6933

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