Things To Know Before You Come
Chances are, Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is unlike any park you've experienced. It's remote and undeveloped, beautiful and vast. The information below will help you come prepared for all that this wonderful, challenging place has to offer.
A rugged wilderness like Lake Clark requires special care from visitors. The weather, terrain and wildlife can all present new challenges.
If you are not staying at a lodge, you should be prepared to provide all your own meals during your visit to the park. You may be able to make advance arrangements for a meal with a lodge in the area you plan to visit. There is also one cafe and store in Port Alsworth, open during the summer, which serves the public.Weather
Conditions change rapidly in most of Alaska, and Lake Clark is no exception. Find out what to expect, and how to prepare, for subarctic mountain weather.
Leashed pets are permitted in the park and preserve. However, we strongly encourage you to leave your pets at home, for your safety, their safety, and the health of the ecosystem. Dogs running loose can bring enraged bears or moose back to their owners. They can also harrass or kill local wildlife, and leave waste that can pollute streams and introduce diseases. If you must bring your pet, remember that it must be leashed at all times, and that you must properly dispose of its waste.
Did You Know?
Pilot Matt Nieminen was the first to fly into Lake Clark country in 1930, in a Waco 10 biplane on floats. Nieminen is seen here on the floats of a Fairchild 71 at Two Lakes, just after he became the first to fly over Mt. McKinley in it.