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.
Did You Know?
The Snug Harbor Cannery off the coast of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve operated from 1919 to 1980. In its early years the cannery used fish traps, which were banned after Alaska gained statehood.