Air Taxi and Guide Services
A one 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.
Tips for Finding an Air Taxi
The list of air taxi operators, guides, and equipment rental companies authorized to do business in the park is organized by activity. You can search for air taxis, bear viewing guides, and much more. Within those categories, you can narrow down the selection of operators to those most suitable for your adventure by calling only those who are based out of the town you wish to depart for the park from (Anchorage, Homer, Kenai, and more are listed).
If you know where you are going, you can narrow your search down further by selecting an air taxi, big game transporter, or incidental hunt transporter whose planes operate on the appropriate type of equipment. Traveling to the Proenneke site, Crescent Lake, or another lake in the park? Choose an air taxi that flies on floats in the summer. Visitors to Port Alsworth can fly on floats or wheels, and those going to see bears on the coast typically land on beaches in wheeled planes. Depending on snow and ice conditions, the plane will need either skis or wheels to land on frozen lakes in the winter. If you are hiring a guided service, they will typically plan the flight for you, so call them first.
Flying in a Small Plane
Flights in bush planes be an exciting experience, and very different from the passenger experience on a commercial jet. The short video below captures some of the feel of a bush plane flight.