This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act in which congress created a system of lands preserved in their natural condition for you. 'Why Wilderness?' might you ask. In the words of Sir John Lubbock: "Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountains and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books." We'd like to see what Lake Clark's 2.47 million acres of designated wilderness inspires in you, be that a sense of freedom, creativity, family, peace or home. This contest is made possible through the National Park Service's partnership with Alaska Geographic. For more information about how you can participate, please click on the link in the title above.
The Superintendent's Compendium is reviewed annually and provides a list of regulations under the discretionary authority of the superintendent. It will answer questions you may have about how long you can camp near Proenneke's cabin, where use of a bear canister is required, which activities in the park require permits, and much more. The 2014 compendium has been published and is available at the link above.
Are you curious about the various inventory and monitoring projects that are planned to be conducted in the park? Take a look at SWAN's Spring Update by clicking on the title above.
Lake Clark National Park & Preserve operates a salmon counting tower on the Newhalen River below Six Mile Lake. Salmon escapement counts assist the park in meeting our congressionally mandated purpose to protect the watershed for the perpetuation of the red salmon fishery of Bristol Bay. 230,844 sockeye salmon passed the counting tower during their migration upriver to spawning grounds between June 30 and August 6, 2013. This year's daily counts and historic daily and cumulative counts are now available at the link above.
The prospective development of the Pebble Prospect and the opening up of a wide-spread mining district just outside of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve has been widely reported in the media. This document outlines park management's concerns regarding potential impact on the park and preserve.
Park Historian's New Book Published
The park has just printed and will be distributing a new book on the park's namesake, The Life and Times of John W. Clark of Nushagak Alaska, 1846-1896 by the park's historian, John Branson. To receive your own copy email us.
Looking for other ways to stay in touch with Lake Clark?
Look no further! Through Facebook and Twitter you can stay abreast of the latest happenings in Lake Clark National Park & Preserve, and further connect with our plentiful natural and cultural resources and park stories.
You can also stay connected by reading our Object of the Month blog. Each month the park's curator features a different item from the park's extensive collection and archive.
Did You Know?
The Snug Harbor Cannery off the coast of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve operated from 1919 to 1980. In its early years the cannery used fish traps, which were banned after Alaska gained statehood.