TRIP IDEA

An Outdoorsy Week Around Port Alsworth

Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

An aerial photo of Port Alsworth on Lake Clark
Duration Multiple Days
Topic(s) Photography, Lakes, Mountains, Natural Sounds, Scenic Views, Trails, Watersheds, Wilderness, Fish, Waterfalls, Animals, Tundra, Geology, Coasts, Islands and Atolls, Architecture and Building
Activities Backcountry Camping, Fishing, Front-Country Hiking, Kayaking, Camping
Type Active
Parks Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

A red fox sits on the visitor center porch by the front door
Port Alsworth is a slice of civilization among the wilderness

NPS / D. Young

Embedded in Wilderness


Port Alsworth is a remote village in Southwest Alaska accessible primarily by plane. It is not connected to any road system which makes it a perfect springboard for outdoor Alaskan adventures.

These trip ideas are a few things visitors can do in Port Alsworth. They're meant to inspire people who want the most out of their time around town. However, there's much more to explore in the park and preserve so visitors are not limited by these selections. If you'd like more inspiration about trip planning or have questions, feel free to contact us

Lake Clark Visitor Center


Summer travelers should stop by the visitor center before they head out into the park for up-to-date information about local conditions. The visitor center has bear barrels to check out, a small bookstore, a park film selection and educational exhibits. It is staffed by friendly rangers who answer trip planning questions as well as share Lake Clark's incredible history and culture.

Information about getting to Port Alsworth can be found on our Directions page.

Things to Do Around Port Alsworth
  • Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

    Go Fly Fishing at Tanalian Falls

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Fishing
    • Age: 5 and Older
    • Pets: Yes with Restrictions
    • Location: Port Alsworth, Alaska
    • Duration: 2–5 Hours
    • Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day, Dawn, Dusk
    A raging water fall on a sunny day

    Want to try fishing in Alaska? This scenic spot offers both the lure of possible grayling catches and opportunities to take stunning pictures

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  • Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

    Camp at Kontrashibuna Lake

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Backcountry Camping
    • Age: 7 and Older
    • Pets: Yes with Restrictions
    • Location: Port Alsworth, Alaska
    • Duration: 2–7 Days
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    Mountains and yellow trees reflect in blue waters

    Pack up and journey out to the wilderness. Lay in your tent listening to a lone wolf's howl. Stand in awe as mountains reflect across still waters in the early morning light.

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  • Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

    Kayak from Port Alsworth to Tommy Island

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Kayaking
    • Age: 15 and Older
    • Pets: Yes with Restrictions
    • Location: Port Alsworth, Alaska
    • Duration: 2–7 Hours
    • Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day, Dawn, Dusk
    An aerial view of an island in the blue waters of Lake Clark

    Get acquainted with the beauty and vastness of Lake Clark firsthand. Spend a day on the water watching birds and jumping fish while paddling out to Tommy Island

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  • Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

    Hike up Tanalian Mountain

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Front-Country Hiking
    • Age: 10 and Older
    • Pets: Yes with Restrictions
    • Location: Port Alsworth, Alaska
    • Duration: 1–12 Hours
    • Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day, Dawn, Dusk
    A woman stands on top of a rocky mountain looking out towards the turquoise water of Lake Clark

    Epic elevation, heart-pumping exercise and stellar views. Discover the wild from Port Alsworth as you hike the trail to the top of Tanalian Mountain.

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  • Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

    Spend the Night in a Rustic Cabin

    • Activity Fee: Yes
    • Reservations: Yes
    • Activity: Camping
    • Pets: Yes with Restrictions
    • Location: Port Alsworth, Alaska
    • Duration: 1–5 Days
    • Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    A wooden bench sits on the front porch of a cabin

    Experience the simplicity and beauty of a public use cabin. Enjoy world class fishing and kayaking right outside the front door of a beautiful cabin in remote Alaska.

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Last updated: July 28, 2017