Things To Do

Red double hole kayak on turquoise-colored lake with foggy mountains in the distance. Warmly dressed young person paddling with double bladed paddle in front, wamly dressed adult paddling in rear. Yellow kayak in distance.

Warmly dressed family kayaking on Upper Twin Lake in June.

NPS Photo / Kent Miller

Spectacular wilderness adventure is easy to find at Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. Figuring out what you want your adventure to be is the first step on your journey to the park.

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
    Kayaking is a wonderful way for experienced paddlers to explore the lakes.

  • Camping and Backpacking
    The park offers outstanding tundra hiking with both base-camping and point to point backpacking trip options.

  • Day Hiking
    The park's only trail system, leaving from Port Alsworth on Lake Clark, offers outstanding day hiking options.

  • Rafting
    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.

  • Bear Viewing
    Several coastal locations in Lake Clark offer world class brown bear viewing. Click the link above to learn about bear viewing best practices and see where the bears will be and what they will be doing at different times of the year. You can also explore the three most popular bear viewing locations in the park at the links below; Silver Salmon Creek, Chinitna Bay, and Crescent Lake.

  • Fishing
    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.

  • Visit Dick Proenneke's Cabin
    For many people, Proenneke is an icon of wilderness values. Enamored with the wilderness in Alaska, in the 1960s he constructed a cabin on Upper Twin Lake using hand tools he also built himself. His journals and self-made film clips served as the inspiration for the documentary One Man's Wilderness, and his cabin remains a huge draw for park visitors.

  • Birdwatching
    With 190 species documented in the park, Lake Clark is a fantastic place to visit for birdwatching.

  • Biking
    Winter biking is a fantastic way to explore the park. Fat tire bikes work particularly well on the compacted snow covering the park's many lakes and rivers.

  • Hunting
    Sport hunting and trapping are permitted in part of Lake Clark. State of Alaska rules and regulations apply.

  • Power Boating
    Guided boat trips and boat rentals are possible on the 42-mile long Lake Clark, and a power boat is a fantastic way of exploring the country adjacent to the lake.

There are endless opportunities to explore this wild and unspoiled land. We ask only that you keep your safety in mind and follow park rules and regulations, including requirements for food storage.

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

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