What Wildlife Lives Here?
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is home to healthy and wild populations of animals.
Lake Clark is also home to many less conspicuous mammals.
Both Chinitna Bay and Tuxedni Bay support a variety of marine mammals. Some of these mammals include sea lions, beluga whales, harbor seals and porpoises. Other whales may also be seen occasionally in the area.
NPS Photo / Kevyn Jalone
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve offers world class bear viewing. The Alaska Peninsula coastal habitat includes unique sedge filled meadows in close proximity to salmon filled rivers. This coastal habitat, while patchy, stretches through Katmai National Park and Preserve and into Lake Clark National Park and Preserve and includes the extensive meadows of Chinitna Bay and Silver Salmon Creek. These two sites offer outstanding brown bear viewing.
Several guiding services specialize in bear and wildlife viewing expeditions and day trips. Visitors who wish to capture animals on film can arrange a trip with a photography guide to view wildlife and record their animal encounters in photographs. Guide services authorized to operate within the park and preserve can be found on our getting around page.
Viewing Wildlife Ethically - Take The Pledge!
The state of Alaska offers the following ethics guidelines. Pledge to uphold them and keep the wilderness wild!
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.