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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.
NPS Photo / M. Richotte
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.
Coastal Areas (Including Silver Salmon Creek, Chinitna Bay, Tuxedni Bay and Crescent Lake)
Inland, Remote Points (including Dick Proenneke's Cabin, inland lakes and rivers, mountains and volcanoes)
Park and Preserve lands and waters are open to fixed-wing aircraft.
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.
Flying in a Small Plane
Flying in a small plane - also called a bush plane - can be an exciting experience, and very different from the passenger experience on a commercial jet. The short video below captures some of the feel of a bush plane flight.
Did You Know?
Willow ptarmigan, found across southwest Alaska, are white in the winter and brown in the summer. These notoriously slow birds need extra camouflage from predators!