Places To Go

With four million undeveloped, wild acres to explore there are countless places go for adventure, solitude, and recreation in Lake Clark. Part of the purpose of the park is to allow for individual, personal exploration of wilderness; however, listed below are a few areas of particular significance or interest.

 
 

Cook Inlet Coast

The park's coastline is across Cook Inlet from the Kenai Peninsula and the communities of Homer, Kenai, and Soldatna. The coastal meadows and streams have world-class Alaska brown bear viewing and fishing.

 
Slope Mountain over a beaver dam at Silver Salmon Creek

Silver Salmon Creek

Located midway up the park's Cook Inlet coast, this is the place to be if you are interested in bear viewing or fishing.

A mountain above a sedge meadow with bears grazing

Chinitna Bay

At times, visitors are able to see twenty or more brown bears in the salt marsh and on the tidal flats east of Middle Glacier Creek.

A rocky shoreline

Coastal Beach Hike

Travelers with experience in brown bear country can follow a spectacular 25 mile hike from Chinitna Bay to Silver Salmon Creek.

A kayak on a sandy beach next to a lake

Crescent Lake

Crescent Lake is tucked into the coastal Chigmit Mountains, with views of Redoubt Volcano, high bear populations, and strong salmon runs.

 

Lake Clark

Lake Clark is centrally located in the park. This spectacular fifty-mile long lake offers fishing and kayaking. The private community of Port Alsworth sits on the southern shore of the lake.

 
A floatplane parked at a dock in Port Alsworth

Port Alsworth

Port Alsworth offers visitor services such as lodging, air taxis, guide services, gear rentals, post office, and park visitor center.

Two hikers on a boardwalk through the tundra

Tanalian Trails

The Tanalian trails network begins in town. Hike options include a beaver pond, Tanalian Falls, Kontrashibuna Lake, and Tanalian Mountain.

A still and reflective Kontrashibuna Lake

Kontrashibuna Lake

Intrepid hikers with more time can extend a trip beyond Kontrashibuna Lake into the trailless high country.

Trees reflected in an outlet of a lake surrounded by mountains

Priest Rock Cabin

Reserve an overnight stay in the Priest Rock public use cabin.

 

Lakes Country and Richard Proenneke's Cabin

North and south of Lake Clark stunning iridescent and turquoise blue lakes stud the connection between the tundra and the mountains.

The famed historic Proenneke cabin is located on upper Twin Lake north of Lake Clark. For many people, Proenneke is an icon of wilderness values. Enamored with the wilderness in Alaska, in the 1960s he constructed a cabin on Twin Lakes, using hand tools he also built himself. His journals and self-made film clips served as the inspiration for the documentary One Man's Wilderness, and his cabin remains a huge draw for park visitors.
 
A log cabin with a grass covered roof

How To Visit The Proenneke Cabin

See Dick Proenneke's cabin at Upper Twin Lake

A handmade wooden chair

The Story of Richard Proenneke

Learn how Dick Proenneke came to live in Lake Clark country.

The wooden ceiling of a log cabin

Proenneke's Cabin

Explore details of how Proenneke built his cabin.

 
Photo of a woman backpacker walking on a gravel stream bank with mountains in the background and pink flowers in the foreground.
Backcountry hiking in the lakes country rewards the adventurer with scenic vistas.

NPS photo / Dan Young

Hiking and Backpacking in the Lakes Country

Base camping, backpacking, and hiking options abound in this section of the park and preserve. While the only developed and maintained trails in the park are part of the Tanalian Trails network near park headquarters in Port Alsworth, hiking is allowed anywhere not otherwise closed to public use. Lake shores, coastal beaches, and high tundra are excellent areas for that activity. Adventurers in Lake Clark will need to rely upon their way-finding and trailless hiking skills, or hire a guide who can help them.

The following route descriptions are not a complete listing. They are simply a sampling of the variety of trips available in the park and preserve. Many of these routes could be expanded, linked together, or the descriptions used simply to get an idea of the terrain in order to plan your own unique trip. Regardless of how you chose to use them, thorough research and preparation will be important in creating your own safe adventure in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.

  • Hope Creek Route - Explore some of Dick Proenneke's stomping grounds by hiking into the valley above his cabin at Upper Twin Lake.
  • Low Pass Route - Backpackers on this route will explore more of Dick Proenneke's stomping grounds in the high country above Upper Twin Lake.
  • Trail Creek Route - Traverse a gentle glacier and navigate across alpine tundra between Telaquana and Turquoise Lakes.
  • Historic Telaquana 'Trail' Route - This popular backpacking journey follows a historic Dena'ina Athabascan route between Kijik Village on Lake Clark and Telaquana Lake.
  • Upper to Lower Twin Lakes Route - Explore some of Dick Proenneke's stomping grounds by walking the shoreline between Upper and Lower Twin Lakes.
  • Fishtrap Lake to Snipe Lake Route - Backpackers willing to navigate through extremely dense brush at lower elevations will reach secluded alpine tundra with endless ridgelines to explore.
 

Last updated: February 16, 2018

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