Motor BoatingMany lodges and commercial operators provide boating trips, charters or boat rentals for visitors who want to explore Lake Clark, Crescent Lake, or the rugged coastal areas of the park on Cook Inlet.
Lake Clark is a forty-two miles long body of water ringed by glacially carved hanging valleys and snow-capped peaks. Crescent Lake, located in the heart of the Chigmit Mountains near the base of Redoubt Volcano is another popular lake destination in the park. Fishing opportunities abound in both locations, and boats can be a way of accessing this beautiful country. Motor boats are not available on most other lakes due to the difficulty of transporting one to their remote locations.
Many lodges and commercial operators provide boating trips and charters or even boat rentals for visitors who want to explore Lake Clark or the rugged coastal areas of the park on Cook Inlet. The list of companies authorized to operate within the park and preserve is a critical component for your trip planning. Additional charter services offering trips along the Cook Inlet coast can be found with an online search. Charters that don't offer guided services inside the park, but rather ply the waters along the coastline, don't need a permit from the park and aren't listed on our authorized guide list yet often offer clients access to the park.
Most access to the park is by plane, which creates packing challenges for kayakers and canoers. A full-size boat, people, and gear won't fit in a smaller plane. Ask the air taxi service you plan to use whether they can accommodate your trip. Inflatable canoes and kayaks or foldable kayaks are good choices for small aircraft. If your personal gear can't be flown into the park, you may want to consider hiring a guided kayak adventure or renting equipment from local gear shops who specialize in gear that fits small planes.
The rivers in Lake Clark are more suitable for use with a kayak or raft than a canoe. See the river rafting page to get further details on the class of whitewater for some rivers.
Last updated: October 13, 2021