Archeological, ethnographic, and historic research tell us that people first came to the Lake Clark region around the end of the last ice age.
Dena'ina Athabascans, Yup'ik, Russian explorers, gold prospectors and trappers, and American pioneers are the forebears of today's residents.
The Dena'ina Athabascan People
Alaska Natives settled in this region some time after the close of the Last Great Ice Age -- 14,000 years ago. Dena'ina, Alutiiq, Yup'ik and other groups have interacted with one another over the centuries, through warfare as well as trading and peaceable exchanges. Today, six Resident Zone Communities are identified for Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.
Richard L. Proenneke
The source of Sam Keith's book, One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey, Richard Louis Proenneke (1916-2003) embodies humanity's fascination with wilderness.
Can People Still Practice Traditional Subsistence?
The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), the enabling legislation for Lake Clark National Park and Preserve and other Alaska public lands, stipulates that local rural people may continue subsistence practices on federal lands, including the park and preserve.
The People Who Study People
Cultural anthropologists and historians promote the identification, evaluation, documentation, and interpretation of ethnographic resources in the National Park System. Learn more about the specialists who study the people of Lake Clark.
Did You Know?
Richard Proenneke built his cabin on Twin Lakes using only hand tools and his own labor. He began work on the cabin in 1968 at the age of 51 and lived there until 1998, when he was 82.