A map of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
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 Lake Clark. 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 to Lake Clark. Check out a list of rental and guiding companies authorized to do further business in the park.
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?
Earthquakes are common in the tectonically active Lake Clark area. The Alaska Peninsula is located on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" and has one of the highest earthquake frequencies in the world.