a park sign with a title reading Bears Live Here and other words, unreadable from this distance, with a real bear standing in brush nearby

A wide variety of decisions go into managing a park from where to develop trails to how to protect sensitive resources and how to communicate with the public.

NPS Photo / K. Jalone


Established first as a national monument in 1978 and then as a national park and preserve in 1980, Lake Clark is one of the nation's 401 National Park Service units. The staff take pride in their role in managing this legacy and protecting your cultural and natural resources.

The overall management of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve emanates from the 1916 Organic Act that created the National Park Service to:

"...promote and regulate the use of the Federal areas known as national parks, monuments, and conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."

Park managers work with local communities, state and federal agencies, the general public, and numerous other partners to ensure that actual and armchair visitors can experience Lake Clark National Park and Preserve's incredibly diverse and dynamic ecosystems and cultural landscapes in meaningful ways while keeping the promise of preservation for future generations.

Learn more about the management of Lake Clark by exploring the links below.

Park Statistics
Find facts about the park ranging from acreage to budget; as well as the annually produced Superintendent's Report.

Laws and Policies
Learn about the laws that dictate how we manage the park, including the Code of Federal Regulations, the Superintendents Compendiums, and other governing documents.

Park Planning
Discover how to express your voice in the management of the park through the park planning process, and find copies of existing park management documents.

Doing Business in the Park
Commercial service providers fill a vital role in helping Lake Clark carry out its mission by providing visitor services that are necessary and appropriate for public use and enjoyment. Learn more about Commercial Use Authorizations and Concessions Contracts here.

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