Crescent Lake, in the heart of the Chigmit Mountains, offers outstanding fishing and bear viewing opportunities for visitors. Sockeye and silver salmon run up the Crescent River each summer. Brown and black bears travel the shoreline of the lake and river in search of their next meal.
The towering Chigmit Mountains and Redoubt Volcano reflect in the clean, clear, cold water. Crescent Lake is a spectacular and wild place. It is also the park's most visited destination and visitors should expect to see other people here.
Getting to Crescent Lake
Getting Around Crescent Lake
Most visitors explore the lake by motor boats or kayaks that are provided by their guide or lodge. While it is possible to walk at Crescent Lake, it is not recommended. Dense brush extends from steep mountain slopes to the lake's shoreline. Thus, the few brush-free areas along the shore that exist are travel corridors for bears.
Things to Do at Crescent Lake
Brown Bear Viewing
Lodging and Guided Trips
NPS Photo / Warren Hill
Staying Safe at Crescent Lake
Fishing In Bear Country
In Addition to All Other Park Rules and Regulations
For More Information
Brown bears and American black bears flourish in Lake Clark. Learn about these two species and why they thrive in Lake Clark.
Catch and Release Fishing - Proper catch and release fishing methods increase the chances of survival for the fish you choose not to keep.