National Park areas are special conservation areas set aside for use and enjoyment by the public in a fashion that will leave them unimpaired for future generations. National park units do not allow activities that would destroy parts of the park such as taking natural or cultural objects, cutting trees, befouling water, leaving trash or digging up vegetation. If you leave the park the way it was before you arrived you're on the right track to helping us care for this national treasure.
Many people wonder what the difference is between the park and the preserve They differ only in that the preserve allows for sport hunting and trapping, the park does not allow these activities.
As a general rule visitors may travel and camp where they like. The only exception to this is the meadow closure at Chinitna Bay.
Common violations include:
Destroying vegetation: cutting down trees for structures or firewood and removing tundra for tent pads. Firewood must be dead or down.
Taking objects: removing historic artifacts, fossils, antlers/horns, skulls, plants, rocks, etc.
Failing to deal with human waste properly: insufficient distance from water/campsite, not burying it.
Littering/trash: not packing it out, leaving it in campfire rings.
Improper food storage: not following the park's food storage requirements in designated areas of the park.
Hunting violations: hunting in the park, failing to salvage the meat, taking undersized game.
Harassing or disturbing wildlife.
For more information about regulations, please contact park rangers in Port Alsworth (907-781-2218).
Please help us care for Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.
Did You Know?
Willow ptarmigan, found across southwest Alaska, are white in the winter and brown in the summer. These notoriously slow birds need extra camouflage from predators!