A fat tire bike and backpack rest on the ice of a vast frozen lake bound by snowy mountains.
Fat tire bikes float over snow and ice with ease, making exploration of Lake Clark a breeze during the park's the cold winter days.

NPS Photo / Matthew Cahill

Biking can be a wonderful way to experience Lake Clark National Park in the winter. Traditionally winter has been a time of movement in the Alaskan environment when frozen lakes and rivers open country to transportation.

Fat tire bikes work particularly well in this environment and studded tires allow riders to ride directly on ice. Like all travel in remote environments, thorough planning and understanding the environment and risks are important. Preplanning winter bike trips can be challenging due to unknown weather and ice conditions. Late winter (February and March) often offers the longest daylight, best winter weather, and strongest ice conditions.

Currently Lake Clark does not have a specific restriction on bike use. This does not preclude the National Park Service from closing land to protect natural and cultural resources, which has been done in some of the parks created by Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA). Please check rules in each park before riding.

Last updated: November 10, 2016

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