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

    Lake Clark

    National Park & Preserve Alaska


Chinitna Bay is a prime bear-viewing location.
Chinitna Bay, in the far southeastern part of the
park, is a popular bear-viewing spot.

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve boasts 123 miles of coast along Cook Inlet. The entire coast is located just west of the Kenai Peninsula, and includes parts of Tuxedni and Chinitna bays. Several islands in Tuxedni Bay are managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of the Alaska Maritime Wildlife Refuge.

The Lake Clark coast is famous for bear viewing, bird rookeries, and spectacular scenery. For more information see our pages on bears, birds, and wildlife viewing.

Did You Know?

Matt Nieminen on the floats of his plane.

Pilot Matt Nieminen was the first to fly into Lake Clark country in 1930, in a Waco 10 biplane on floats. Nieminen is seen here on the floats of a Fairchild 71 at Two Lakes, just after he became the first to fly over Mt. McKinley in it.