Crescent Lake, in the heart of the Chigmit Mountains, offers outstanding fishing and bear viewing opportunities for visitors. Sockeye and silver salmon run up the Crescent River each summer. Brown and black bears travel the shoreline of the lake and river in search of their next meal. Crescent Lake is a spectacular and wild place. It is also the park's most visited destination and visitors should expect to see other people here. This page provides the information you need to plan your trip.
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The park's most visited destination is deep in the wild. Watch this introduction to learn how to stay safe while visiting this stunning place.
Getting to Crescent Lake
Flying to Crescent Lake
Click the link above to see information for private pilots and to obtain a list of all the air taxis that are permitted to operate in the park. Prices depend on group size, type of airplane, length of flight, and where the flight originates. Contact each air taxi operator directly to determine availability and the cost for your trip.
There are no developed trails or roads at Crescent Lake. Most visitors explore the lake by motor boats or kayaks that are provided by their guide or lodge. While it is possible to walk at Crescent Lake, it is not recommended. Dense brush extends from steep mountain slopes to the lake's shoreline. Thus, the few brush-free areas along the shore that exist are travel corridors for bears. It can be very easy to startle a bear in this environment, which is a dangerous situation that should be avoided.
Things to Do
Brown Bear Viewing
Lodging and Guided Trips
Click the link above to see a list of all the companies that are permitted to operate in the park. Contact each company directly to determine the cost for your trip.
Fishing In Bear Country
Staying Safe in Bear Country
In Addition to All Other Park Rules and Regulations
Know Before You Go
Last updated: April 14, 2020