• Autumn photo of Lake Clark and the Aleutian Range in Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

    Lake Clark

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Getting Around

Plane over Telaquana Lake.
The park is primarily accessed with small aircraft.
J. Mills

Visit the directions page for specific information on accessing the park.

Park Communities
The park's field headquarters and visitor center are located in Port Alsworth, a small community on Lake Clark. Other towns providing access to the park include Anchorage, Homer, Kenai, Iliamna, Newhalen, Pedro Bay and Nondalton.

Backcountry Travel
Lake Clark is a backcountry park. There are no "improvements" to hiking or camping (with the exception of the Tanalian Trail). More information on backcountry travel in the park can be found in the camping and backpacking section.

Backcountry Gear and Boat Rentals

Independent travelers may wish to rent kayaks, motor boats or backpacking equipment to use without a guide service. Tulchina Adventures offers gear, kayak, canoe, and skiff rentals. Alaska Alpine Adventures offers kayak rentals. The Farm Lodge offers skiff rentals. The General Inn Cafe & Store offers skiff, open style recreational kayaks, and bikes. All companies are located in Port Alsworth on Lake Clark.

Authorized Guide Services
There are numerous guide services authorized to conduct business within the park and preserve. Check out a list of authorized guiding companies. These companies provide services such as big game transport, fishing, hunting, photography, backpacking, rafting, and mountaineering guide services.

Did You Know?

Matt Nieminen on the floats of his plane.

Pilot Matt Nieminen was the first to fly into Lake Clark country in 1930, in a Waco 10 biplane on floats. Nieminen is seen here on the floats of a Fairchild 71 at Two Lakes, just after he became the first to fly over Mt. McKinley in it.