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Lake Clark National Park. How to get by car to the Lake Clark National Park. How to book a room and its price in the Lake Clark National Park

 

Lake Clark

National Park & Preserve

In southwestern Alaska, near Port Alsworth

 

Covering 4 million acres, this spectacular park and preserve stretches from the shores of Cook Inlet across the Chigmit Mountains to the tundra-covered hills of the western interior. The Chigmits, the junction of the Alaska and Aleutian ranges, are an awe-inspiring array of jagged mountains and glaciers that include Mt. Redoubt and Mt. Iliamna, two active volcanoes. The 50-mi-long Lake Clark and other waters in the park are vital salmon habitats for the Bristol Bay salmon fishery, one of the worlds largest sockeye salmon fishing grounds. Anglers find trophy fish; hikers explore high tundra slopes; river runners thrill to the Tlikak-ila, Mulchatna, or Chilikadrotna wild rivers; and campers find lakeshore sites inspirational. The site was proclaimed a national monument in 1978 and established as a national park and preserve in 1980.

 

WHAT TO SEE & DO

Backpacking, bird- and wildlife watching, fishing, flightseeing (charters, Port Alsworth, Kenai, Anchorage), hiking, hunting (preserve), kayaking, mountaineering, river running (rentals, Anchorage, Kenai, Port Alsworth). Facilities: Visitor center (Port Alsworth), backcountry patrol cabins (Telaquana Lake, Twin Lakes, Crescent Lake, and Chinitna Bay), trails. Book sales area, post office. Programs & Events: Slide shows and presentations (on request as staffing permits). Slide presentations (June-Sept.), guided hikes (on request). Tips & Hints: Go in summer for best fishing, Sept. for fall colors. Prepare to be self-sufficient for backcountry travel. Stay away from game trails and fresh signs of bears. Bring extra food and cooking fuel. Expect 50-65°F temperatures June-Aug., with considerable precipitation. Plan for frost and snow as early as Aug. Plan for strong winds any time and winter temperatures to -40°F. Respect private property within park boundaries. Weather changes can delay scheduled pickup by aircraft by several days. Busiest June-Sept., least crowded Jan. and Feb.

 

FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES

Camping: Backcountry camping only. 13 Hotels: None in park. In Port Alsworth: Farm Lodge (on the lake, tel. 907/781-2208 or 888/440-2281; 5 cabins; $244), Lake Clark Inn (1 Lang La., tel. 907/781-2224; 4 cabins; $145). X Restaurants: None in park. In Port Alsworth: Homestead Cafe (1 Willow Rd., tel. 907/781-2256; closed Oct. 15-May 15).  Groceries & Gear: None in park. In Port Alsworth: The Tanalian Country Store (tel. 907/781-2224).

 

FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS

Free. Alaska state fish and hunting licenses required. Hunting and trapping in preserve only. No gathering of plants or live trees. Leashed pets only. No rest rooms available. Park and preserve open daily. Visitor center open summer 8-5.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

150 mi southwest of Anchorage on the west side of the Cook Inlet and the north end of the Alaska Peninsula. Access to the Lake Clark region is by air only. A one- to two-hour flight from Anchorage, Kenai, or Homer provides access to most points within the park and preserve. Scheduled commercial flights between Anchorage and Iliamna, 30 mi outside the boundary, also provide access. Floatplanes may land on lakes. Wheeled planes land on open beaches, gravel bars, or private airstrips in or near the park.

 

CONTACT

Lake Clark National Park & Preserve (1 Park PL, Port Alsworth, AK 99653, tel. 907/781-2218).

 

Lake Clark National Park. How to get by car to the Lake Clark National Park. How to book a room and its price in the Lake Clark National Park