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

    Lake Clark

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Park Statistics

Iliamna Volcano towers 10,016 feet above Silver Salmon Creek and the Lake Clark coast.
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve protects more than 4 million acres of diverse habitats ranging in elevation from sea level to over 10,000 feet.
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Quick Facts and Stats

Purpose:

Lake Clark was established to protect a region of dynamic geologic and ecological processes that create scenic mountain landscapes, unaltered watersheds supporting Bristol Bay red salmon, and habitats for wilderness dependent populations of fish and wildlife, vital to 10,000 years of human history.

Established:

  • December 1, 1978 - Designated as a National Monument by President Carter
  • December 2, 1980 - Designated as a National Park and Preserve and enlarged by congress through the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA).

Size:

  • Total - 4,030,006 acres
  • National Park - 2,619,713 acres
  • National Preserve - 1,410,293 acres
  • For comparison, the state of Hawaii is 4.11 million acres in size, and Rhode Island and Connecticut combined are only 3.77 million acres.

Plants:

  • ~800 plant species, 30 of which are not native to the area.

Fish and Wildlife:

  • 37 species of terrestrial mammals
  • 190 species of birds
  • 1 species of amphibian
  • 25 species of freshwater and anadromous fish
  • 147,000 to 3.1 million red salmon migrate into Lake Clark via the Kvichak watershed each year as recorded at the Newhalen Counting Station.
  • ~13,000 red salmon are harvested by subsistence users up-stream of the Newhalen Counting Station.

Geology

  • 2 active volcanoes, Iliamna and Redoubt
  • 4 confirmed eruption events in recorded history
  • 3.6 cubic miles of ice in the four largest glaciers on Iliamna Volcano, which is triple the amount of ice and perennial snow on Mt. Rainier in Mount Ranier National Park (measured as volume).
  • 81,000 acres of glacial ice has melted since the mid 1950s (measured as surface area).

Annual Base Budget:

  • 2013 - $3,101,300
  • 2012 - $3,297,300
  • 2011 - $3,301,000
  • 2010 - $3,295,300
  • 2009 - $3,061,530
  • 2008 - $2,487,800
  • 2007 - $2,135,300

More Park Facts and Stats

Available in the downloadable Fact Sheet.

Did You Know?

Antlers are covered with velvet while still growing - the velvet contains blood vessels that bring nutrients to the growing tissue.

Female caribou have antlers, but female moose do not. Male moose and all caribou shed their antlers in the late fall or early winter, and grow new antlers in the spring. Caribou and moose are the only two members of the deer family found in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.