A trip to Silver Salmon Creek on Lake Clark's Cook Inlet coast offers outstanding bear viewing and sport fishing opportunities for visitors. This page provides the information you need to plan your trip.
Getting to Silver
Flying to Silver Salmon Creek
Prices depend on group size, type of airplane, length of flight, where the flight originates, and whether you choose to hire a guided trip or just an air taxi. Contact each operator directly to determine the cost for your trip.
Taking a Boat to Silver Salmon Creek
Area lodges transport their guests in trailers towed by ATVs. Everyone else must travel between sites on foot. Be prepared to walk through sandy terrain a few hundred yards from the beach to the nearest sedge meadow or fishing spot. You may walk two or more miles back and forth between sites on the salt marsh and/or those in the tidal flats and creeks in search of bears or fish.The sedge meadow is closed to human entry between the Sargent Creek confluence and the Silver Salmon Creek from June 15 to September 15 for habitat restoration. Visitors are asked to please stay on the established foot path.
Off-Road vehicle trails: The beach is the only corridor formally approved for ORV use by the general public. ORV use on trails highlighted in pink on the map requires a special use permit from the National Park Service.
Please park ORVs at the end of the beach trail adjacent to the creek crossing and access the creek on foot. It is disruptive to bears and other visitors to ride up to the edge and along the creek.
Things to Do
Brown Bear and Wildlife Viewing
Lodging and Guided Trips
Checklist: Common Salt Marsh Plants
Brush up your knowledge of common sedges, grasses, flowers, and other plants of the Cook Inlet Coast.
Common Showy Flowers of Cook Inlet
Look closer at common showy flowers to learn how to identify and where to find them.
Sedges and Grasses of Cook Inlet
Get a closer look at common salt marsh sedges and grasses and how to identify them.
West Cook Inlet Ecology
Dive in to learn how the Cook Inlet Coast is an extremely dynamic ecosystem.
West Cook Inlet Coastal Geology
Tune in to how Lake Clark National Park's physiographic features are still shifting today.
Bear Viewing Best Practices
Fishing In Bear Country
In Addition to All Other Park Rules and Regulations
More Lake Clark Coast
Last updated: July 25, 2021