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Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is not on the road system; therefore, access is primarily by small aircraft. Fixed-wing aircraft are allowed to land on all suitable lakes, rivers, beaches, gravel bars, and open ground in both the Park and Preserve unless the area is closed or otherwise restricted. When weather and tides permit, the east side of the park on the Cook Inlet coast may be accessed by boat in addition to aircraft.
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Air Charter Services
A one to two-hour flight from Anchorage, Kenai or Homer will provide access to most points within the Park and Preserve. The following air taxi operators are organized by the park location they most often travel to and their community of origin. However, they are not limited to those destinations, and may land anywhere in the Park and Preserve. Prices depend on group size, type of airplane, length of flight, and where the flight originates. Air taxi operators can be helpful in determining the most efficient way to reach your destination, so don't feel limited to the locations listed below.
Please note that this page lists only air taxi operators that can transport you into the Park and Preserve. Please visit the "Getting Around" page of our website to see a full list of companies that are authorized to provide equipment rentals and guided services in the Park and Preserve.
Destination: Coastal Areas
Including Silver Salmon Creek, Chinitna Bay, Tuxedni Bay and Crescent Lake
Traveling from Homer
Traveling from Kenai/Soldotna/Nikiski
Traveling from Kodiak
Destination: Inland Remote Points
Including Dick Proenneke's Cabin, inland lakes and rivers, mountains and volcanoes.
Traveling from Anchorage
Traveling from Wasilla
Traveling from Port Alsworth
Traveling from Dillingham
Park and Preserve lands and waters are open to fixed-wing aircraft.
Fuel is available in Port Alsworth from Lake Clark Air (wheels and floats) and Lake and Peninsula Airlines (wheels). Fuel with both float and wheel access is also available south of the park in Iliamna.
Airstrips in Port Alsworth are private and a ramp fee may be charged. Contact Lake Clark Air or Lake and Peninsula Airlines (Wilder/Natwick) regarding use of their airstrips and tie down options. Pilots should confirm up to date information with private businesses. The Wilder/Natwick runway (05R- 23L) is in the Alaska Supplement.
Weather stations are another tool that can help pilots obtain current weather conditions. They record and archive hourly weather observations including wind speed and direction, snow depth, and air temperature. Stations located within Lake Clark National Park & Preserve include: Chigmit Mtns, Hickerson Lake, Port Alsworth, Silver Salmon Lakes, Snipe Lake, and Stoney. In addition to supporting real-time needs, the four weather stations operated by the National Park Service's Southwest Alaska Inventory and Monitoring Network are intended to also provide reliable climate data that can help researchers understand ecosystem changes, identify natural variability in weather, and identify long-term climate trends. Click here to learn more about weather and climate science.
Download a park map that includes approximate locations of select FAA webcams and NPS weather stations. For exact locations, please visit the website for each webcam or weather station using the links above or those inbeded in the map.
Several charter boat services on the Kenai Peninsula offer tours that include portions of the Lake Clark coastline, drop-off and pick-up services, or custom charters.
There is no road access to Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.
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Did You Know?
Berries are an important traditional food for the Dena'ina Athabascan people of the Lake Clark region. Seven different kinds of berries are available in the summer and fall, including blueberries, cranberries, and salmonberries.