A bear splashes into a stream and emerges with a spawning salmon...tundra swans glide elegantly across a boggy pond...a porcupine curls up and shows his quills to a curious hiker...a sharp-shinned hawk dives on a redback vole...wolves howl into the winter night. Lake Clark National Park and Preserve teems with wildlife.
A full complement of sub-arctic wildlife species inhabits the Lake Clark area. Thirty-seven species of terrestrial mammals are believed to be present in the region. Five different marine mammal species use haulout sites or feeding areas along the coast. The wood frog, the lone species of amphibian found in the region, inhabits the margins of lakes and ponds of the western foothills and the shores of Cook Inlet. Over 160 species of birds have been observed in the park and preserve. Fish include salmon, arctic char, arctic grayling, Dolly varden, northern pike, lake trout, and rainbow trout.
To learn more, click the links on the navigation bar to the left or visit the State of Alaska's Wildlife Pages.
It is an amazing experience to view wild animals in their natural environment. Please visit the Wildlife Viewing page for more information about safely and respectfully viewing the park's wildlife.
Did You Know?
Dena'ina Athabascan people in the Lake Clark area preserve salmon by drying and smoking, as their ancestors have done for thousands of years.