Operating Hours & Seasons

Cross country skier heads towards plane sitting in snow on skies.
Properly equipped aircraft can land in the park and preserve year-round.

NPS photo / Page Spencer

Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

The park and preserve are open 24 hours per day year-round. Most visitors arrive between June and October when the weather is warmer and a wider variety of lodging, transportation, and guiding services are available.

Seasonal and temporary closures are listed by location below.

 
A female park ranger stands at the bottom of a stairway leading up to a brown, wooden building.

NPS photo

Lake Clark Visitor Center

The visitor center is open daily late May to mid September. Located midway up the eastern-most runway in Port Alsworth, the visitor center provides exhibits, films, bear canister rentals, assistance with trip planning, an Alaska Geographic bookstore, and youth programs in the summer. Contact us for exact dates and hours of operation.

 
Map of Chinitna Bay indicating area closed to public access
A larger map is available on the Chinitna Bay page.

Chinitna Bay

The meadow north of the slough is closed to hiking, camping, and all other human access May 1 - August 31. A map showing the area closure is available on the Visit Chinitna Bay page.

Picnicking in Chinitna Bay from Glacier spit to the NPS ranger cabin (2 miles east) is prohibited above the beach June 1 - August 31.

 
Dick Proenneke's cabin on a snowy winter's night.

photo courtesy of Raymond Proenneke

Dick Proenneke's Cabin

The Proenneke cabin is locked late September - late May. You may explore the area year round, but may only enter the cabin in the summer months. The spring opening date of the historic cabin is tentative due to ice melt. Please contact the chief of resource and visitor protection at (907) 644-3647 with questions or concerns.

 
A map of Silver Salmon Creek indicating the area closed to public access.
A larger map is available on the Visit Silver Salmon Creek page.

Silver Salmon Creek

The sedge meadow between the Sargent Creek confluence and the Silver Salmon Creek is closed to hiking, camping, ORVs, and all other human entry from June 15 to September 15 for habitat restoration. Visitors are asked to please stay on the established foot path. A map showing the area closure is available on the Visit Silver Salmon Creek page.

 
White tent overlooks lake surrounded by mountains.

NPS photo

Upper and Lower Twin Lakes

Camping within two miles of Upper or Lower Twin Lakes is limited to a total of 21 days between April 15 and September 30 unless otherwise authorized by the superintendent. There are no time restrictions October 1 - April 14.

Camping at the Hope Creek campsite near Dick Proenneke's cabin is limited to a total of 14 days between April 15 and September 30 unless otherwise authorized by the superintendent. There are no time restrictions October 1 - April 14.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

General Delivery
Port Alsworth, AK 99653

Phone:

(907) 781-2117

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