Directions

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is located on the Alaska Peninsula north of Katmai National Park, 65 air miles northwest of Homer, and about 120 air miles southwest of Anchorage.

Like many areas in Alaska, Lake Clark is not on the road system; therefore, travel takes place primarily by small plane. Fixed-wing aircraft are allowed to land on all suitable lakes, rivers, beaches, gravel bars, and open ground in both the park and preserve unless the area is closed or otherwise restricted. When weather and tides permit, the east side of the park on the Cook Inlet coast may be accessed by boat in addition to aircraft.

Lake Clark is a backcountry park. There are no roads, no campgrounds, and only one maintained 7 mile hiking trail system. Travel from one location to another is by foot, kayak, raft, boat, or small plane. More information on backcountry travel in the park can be found in the camping and backpacking section.

 
Photo of a red and white float plane flying low over forested hills with foggy mountains in the background.
Travel to the park is primarily by small plane, like this one which has floats attached that allow it to land on lakes and other suitable bodies of water.

NPS / J.Mills

 

Air Taxi and Guide Services

A half-hour to two-hour flight from Anchorage, Kenai, or Homer will provide access to most points within Lake Clark. Prices depend on group size, type of airplane, length of flight, where the flight originates, and whether or not you want to simply charter an air taxi, or also hire a guide for fishing, hunting, photography, backpacking, rafting, mountaineering, bear viewing, etc... Some companies will also rent kayaks, motor boats, backpacking equipment, fat tire bikes, and a variety of other equipment.

Below are alphabetized lists of authorized air taxis that travel to and from the park. Please contact each provider individually for pricing and availability. These lists are not endorsements by the National Park Service but intended to provide information.

Air Taxis Operating on Floats

May travel to locations like: Twin Lakes and Richard Proenneke's Cabin, Turquoise Lake, Crescent Lake, Taziminia Lakes, Port Alsworth, Lake Clark, and other inland lakes.

Be aware that while any floatplane can land on the state waters in Hardenburg Bay at Port Alsworth, there may be issues with parking planes on privately owned sections of the shoreline. For this reason, some float plane air taxis based out of other communities may choose not to fly to Port Alsworth.

 

Air Taxis Operating on Wheels

May travel to locations like: Port Alsworth, Chinitna Bay, Silver Salmon Creek, and other suitable beaches, runways, or frozen lakes if conditions are right.

Be aware that the two airstrips in Port Alsworth are privately owned by Lake Clark Air and Lake and Peninsula Airlines, who charge a ramp fee to other airplanes; therefore, other air taxis may decline traveling to Port Alsworth.

 

Air Taxis Operating on Skis or Wheeled-Skis

Primarily in winter, these businesses are capable of landing on frozen lakes or any snow packed area if the conditions are right.

 
A Piper Supercub plane on wheels sits in the sand next to the ocean

Have a Plane? Private Aircraft Info

Useful information for private pilots including aviation weather stations, airstrips, and fuel.

Float plane landing on a blue lake surrounded by steep mountains.

Aviation Safety Tips

Most visitors travel to Lake Clark via small plane. Safety in this remote place depends on more than just a pilot's skill.

A red and white floatplane flies through the air

Find a Ride: Air Taxi Providers

Browse all authorized air taxi providers for Lake Clark.

 

Boat

Several charter boat services on the Kenai Peninsula offer tours that include portions of the Lake Clark coastline, drop-off and pick-up services, or custom charters.

 

Car

There is no road access to or within Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.

Last updated: September 13, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 226
Port Alsworth, AK 99653

Phone:

(907) 781-2218

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