Safety

A visit to Lake Clark National Park and Preserve carries some inherent risk. Adventures in this remote and isolated area demand self-sufficiency. Preparation can make the difference between the adventure of a lifetime and tragedy. Remember, help may be days away.

 
High winds and large waves are only two of the potential hazards visitors may encounter during a trip to Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.

NPS / J. Mills

 

Self Sufficiency and Preparation

Have a Trip Plan
Always leave a trip itinerary with a friend or family member who can notify the National Park Service if you are overdue. We also encourage you to leave your itinerary at our field headquarters at Port Alsworth before departing. Park staff will not track your trip; however, this information is extremely valuable to rangers in case of an emergency. Knowing the color of your tent fly, pack, and rain coat can be especially useful during searches.

There is no cell phone service in the park, and amenities are few and far between. Consider carrying a satellite phone or satellite based text messaging device with you.

Prepare for Inclement Weather
Be prepared for the possibility of inclement weather delaying scheduled pick-up, often by several days. Give yourself extra days in your schedule and always bring extra food and fuel with you.

Snow is possible at any time but most likely to occur from September to June. Bring warm clothing, a sturdy tent, and an appropriate sleeping bag.

Park Safety Topics

 
a woman in a canoe points towards a storm ahead

Park Weather

Weather conditions can change rapidly in the park. Brush up on all things weather-related.

3 backpackers wade through a river

Safe River Crossings

There are no bridges in Lake Clark. Although fording wild rivers presents many challenges, it is also part of true wilderness hiking.

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.

 

Bear Country Basics

 

Staying Safe in Bear Country

Bears and people use the same areas in Lake Clark. Become familiar with these tips for staying safe in bear country prior to your trip.

Photo of a small brown bear wrestling with a large metal box designed to store salmon.

Lake Clark's Food Storage Requirements

Know how to properly store your food, toiletries, and fish prior to arriving in Lake Clark.

Two fishermen watch a brown bear on the opposite side of the river.

Fishing in Bear Country

Familiarize yourself with the responsibilities that come with fishing in bear country prior to your trip to Lake Clark.

A man stands with his back towards the photographer watching a brown bear sow and 2 cubs in a meadow

Brown Bear Viewing in Lake Clark

Watch "A Day on the Lake Clark National Park Coastline," learn where to go see bears, & become familiar with bear viewing best practices.

Last updated: December 13, 2017

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Port Alsworth, AK 99653

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(907) 781-2218

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