• Autumn photo of Lake Clark and the Aleutian Range in Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

    Lake Clark

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Stories

Stories can be written, spoken or inferred from places and objects; and in a place like Lake Clark, all three kinds are valuable in understanding an area and its people, past and present.

 
 

Written Stories

Check out descriptions of books and stories about the people of Lake Clark, past and present. These range from investigations into the prehistory of Alaska Natives, to first-hand accounts of Alaska Native culture and the experiences of other Americans seeking to make a living, through industry or self-sufficiency, in this remote part of the world. Look through publications about Lake Clark.

 
small plane flying just above trees

NPS Photo / Kent Miller

The Age of Air Travel

The first aircraft to land on Lake Clark was a Waco 10 biplane on floats in 1930. This historic flight ushered in a new era and strongly connected the lives of people in Lake Clark with the outside world. Discover stories about the age of air travel in Lake Clark.

 
a cabin near a lakeshore, surrounded by trees and mountains

NPS Photo / Kent Miller

Wilderness Living

As the country became more aware of wilderness areas in the 1960s and 1970s, Lake Clark began to receive more visitors. Some just passed through, but others put down roots and built cabins.

 
small white bone - a vertebra.

Vertebra

NPS Photo

Stories From Bones

In this video, Dr. Michael Etnier describes how animal bones from archaeological sites provide clues for what the landscape looked like in the past and how our world has changed over time. Watch Understanding Climate Change Through Archaeology
 
Oral Histories

The Lake Clark Jukebox Project - part of a University of Alaska Fairbanks program - consists of photo albums and recorded interviews that represent different, but overlapping, historic themes. These include stories about:

  • early education
  • reindeer herding
  • the establishment of this national park, as well as trails and transportation
  • Dena'ina technology.

Listen to storytelling by Native community members and watch slideshows of historic photographs.

Did You Know?

Kijik National Historic Landmark is one of only 50 NHLs in the state of Alaska.

Kijik National Historic Landmark in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve contains the world's largest concentration of prehistoric and historic Dena'ina Athabascan houses.