Using a canoe or kayak to travel through Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is a peaceful and rewarding experience. There are numerous lakes and rivers to explore in this way.
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.
Please keep your safety in mind.
Alaska has the highest rate of recreational boating deaths in the nation. ALWAYS wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD), even when the air temperature is warm. For more information, check with the state Office of Boating Safety.
You must also be prepared to encounter bears. Read up on bear safety before starting your trip.
Last updated: November 8, 2016