• Autumn photo of Lake Clark and the Aleutian Range in Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

    Lake Clark

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Things To Know Before You Come

three men look out across an open field; near them is a sign showing a picture of a bear and explaining how bears eat grasses in the marshy field
Visitors watch brown bears at the Chinitna Bay Bear Viewing Site.
M. Richotte
 

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.

 
  • Your Safety
    A rugged wilderness like Lake Clark requires special care from visitors. The weather, terrain and wildlife can all present new challenges. Learn more about staying safe

  • Laws and Policies
    It is your responsibility to know what is and is not permitted within the park. Take time to look over relevant laws and policies, and feel free to contact us with questions. Learn more about park laws and policies

  • Getting Around
    No roads lead to Lake Clark. Learn how to access this remote park.

  • Aviation Information
    Whether you're a pilot or a passenger, plan a safe and exciting adventure by plane

  • Lodging
    There are a wide variety of lodging options within Lake Clark National Park and Preserve from rustic camping opportunities, to bed and breakfasts, to all inclusive lodges offering guided excursions.


  • Where to Eat
    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.

  • Pets
  • 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?

Kijik National Historic Landmark is one of only 50 NHLs in the state of Alaska.

Kijik National Historic Landmark in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve contains the world's largest concentration of prehistoric and historic Dena'ina Athabascan houses.