A visit to Lake Clark National Park and Preserve carries some inherent risk. Adventures in this remote and isolated area demand self-sufficiency. Preparation can make the difference between the adventure of a lifetime and tragedy. Remember, help may be days away.
Self Sufficiency and Preparation
Have a Trip Plan
There is no cell phone service in the park, and amenities are few and far between. Consider carrying a satellite phone or satellite based text messaging device with you.
Prepare for Inclement Weather
Snow is possible at any time but most likely to occur from September to June. Bring warm clothing, a sturdy tent, and an appropriate sleeping bag.
Staying Safe in Bear Country
Food Storage Requirements
Before you head out, be familiar with the park's food storage requirements for various locations in the park. It is extremely important that bears and other wildlife be prevented from obtaining and habituating to human food and garbage. The park offers bear resistant containers for temporary use by visitors free of charge. You can pick one up at the park visitor center in Port Alsworth.
Basic Bear Safety
Lake Clark is bear country and we often frequent the same areas. Knowing how to react can increase the odds of a positive outcome for you and the bears in case of an encounter.
Brown bears gather in large numbers to feed in estuaries along the park's Cook Inlet Coast. Interactions between bears and people are different in high density sites where people come with the intent to observe the bears than it is in the remainder of the park. Learn how to stay safe in this environment by becoming familiar with the bear viewing best practices prior to your trip to Chinitna Bay or Silver Salmon Creek.