Plan Your Visit

looking over the bow of a kayak across a blue lake toward cloud-covered mountains

Kayaking on Upper Twin Lake.

NPS Photo / Kent Miller


Your visit to Lake Clark National Park and Preserve might include a quiet moment watching coastal Alaskan brown bears graze on the protein rich sedges at Silver Salmon Creek or Chinitna Bay. It could include a visit to Dick Proenneke's historic cabin on upper Twin Lake. Or maybe your visit will be a rigorous backpacking trip with friends over tundra slopes and past turquoise lakes.


Chances are, Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is unlike any park you've experienced. It's remote and undeveloped, beautiful and vast. The information below will help you come prepared for all that this wonderful, challenging place has to offer.

Directions and Getting Around
Lake Clark National Park is not on the road system; therefore, access is primarily by small aircraft. A one to two hour flight from Anchorage, Kenai, or Homer will provide access to most points within the park. In addition to air taxis which will provide drop-off services, a variety of guide services offer trips throughout the park.

A rugged wilderness like Lake Clark requires special care from visitors. The weather, terrain wildlife can all present new challenges. Learn more about staying safe in bear country, aviation safety, and river crossings.

Things to Do
Spectacular wilderness adventure is easy to find at Lake Clark National Park. Figuring out what you want your adventure to be is the first step on your journey to the park.

Places to Go
As a vast and largely undeveloped wilderness, there are countless places to visit in the park; however, there are a few areas of particular interest or significance.

Eating and Sleeping There are a wide variety of lodging options within Lake Clark National Park and Preserve from rustic camping opportunities, to bed and breakfasts, to all inclusive lodges offering guided excursions.

Conditions change rapidly in most of Alaska, and Lake Clark is no exception.

Leashed pets are permitted in the park and preserve. However, we strongly encourage you to leave your pets at home, for your safety, their safety, and the health of the ecosystem.

Laws and Policies
It is your responsibility to know what is and is not permitted within the park. Take time to look over relevant laws and policies, and feel free to contact us with questions.

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