Power Boating

a motor boat on a brilliantly turquoise lake surrounded by spruce trees

Some lodges and commercial operators provide boating trips and charters or even boat rentals for visitors who want to explore Lake Clark, Crescent Lake, or the rugged coastal areas of the park on Cook Inlet.

NPS Photo / Kent Miller

 

Lake Clark is forty-two miles long. There are glacially carved hanging valleys and snow-capped peaks ringing the shore. Fishing opportunities abound and boats can be a way of accessing this beautiful country. Many lodges and commercial operators provide boating trips and charters or even boat rentals for visitors who want to explore Lake Clark or the rugged coastal areas of the park on Cook Inlet. Information on companies authorized to operate within the park and preserve can be found on our getting around page. Additonal charter services offering trips along the Cook Inlet coast can be found with an online search. Charters that don't offer guided services inside the park, but rather ply the waters along the coastline, don't need a permit from the park and aren't listed on our authorized guide list yet often offer clients access to the park.

Keep your safety in mind at all times. Each person in the boat must have a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) on board the vessel, and we strongly recommend that PFDs be worn at all times. Alaskan waters are icy cold, even when air temperatures are warm. Wind and weather can quickly work the lake's surface into a stormy sea unsuitable for small boats. Alaska has the highest rate of recreational boat fatalities in the nation. For more boating safety tips, check the State of Alaska Office of Boating Safety.

 
Safety
Plan ahead to ensure a safe adventure. Read more about safety.
 
Bear Safety
Learn more about staying safe around bears. Read more about bear safety
 
Know the Rules
Helps us care for Lake Clark National Park. Know the rules before you go. Read more about park laws and policies

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