Kayaking and Canoeing
Ginger S. Irvine
Using a canoe or kayak to travel through Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is a peaceful and rewarding experience. There are numerous lakes and rivers to explore in this way.
Rangers at visitor center (907-781-2117) can help you decide which trip is right for you. Visitors looking for guided kayak adventures or local gear rentals can find information on our getting around page.
Most access to the park is by plane, which creates packing challenges for kayakers and canoers. A full-size boat, people, and gear won't fit in a smaller plane. Ask the air taxi you plan to use whether they can accommodate your trip. Inflatable canoes and kayaks or foldable kayaks are good choices for small aircraft.
The rivers in Lake Clark are more suitable for use with a kayak than a canoe. See the rafting page to get further details on the class of whitewater for some rivers.
Please keep your safety in mind.
Alaska has the highest rate of recreational boating deaths in the nation. ALWAYS wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD), even when the air temperature is warm. For more information, check with the state Office of Boating Safety.