For those who want to dip their paddle, spin a fly rod, stretch their legs or just watch wildness in motion, Lake Clark National Park has adventure to offer. With over four million acres of tundra, lakes, glaciers, mountains, and coastline, Lake Clark has been called a little Alaska.
Kayaking is a wonderful way for experienced paddlers to explore the lakes.
The park offers outstanding tundra hiking with both base-camping and point to point backpacking trip options.
The park's only trail system, leaving from Port Alsworth on Lake Clark, offers outstanding day hiking options.
Many Alaskans think of rivers as travel corridors weather they are frozen for easy winter travel or flowing in the summer. The park has three designated wild and scenic rivers and many more spectacular rafting opportunities.
The coastal areas of Silver Salmon Creek and Chinitna Bay offer world class brown bear viewing for large portions of the summer.
Fishermen ply the waters of Lake Clark, surrounding streams and lakes, and the costal creeks annually. The park and surrounding area is known for its outstanding fishing.
Permits are not required to travel throughout the park and preserve. However, for your safety, we encourage you to always establish a responsible party to ensure you get home safely. We also encourage you to fill out and give us a Voluntary Backcountry Registration. When the National Park Service is contacted regarding over-due parties this information assists Rangers with search and rescue operations. This can be filed with the visitor center in Port Alsworth either in-person or downloaded here and emailed to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did You Know?
The nest and eggs of the surfbird were a mystery until 1926. The species is extraordinarily far-ranging, and in winter is found from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego in southern Chile.