Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

Overview

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is a composite of ecosystems representative of many regions of Alaska. The spectacular scenery stretches from the shores of Cook Inlet, across the Chigmit Mountains, to the tundra covered hills of the western interior. Wilderness travel, backpacking, hiking, rafting/kayaking, wildlife viewing, hunting and fishing are some of the many activities available in the Park & Preserve.

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Seasonality / Weather

The park is open year-round, although most people visit between June and September. The visitor center and field headquarters in Port Alsworth are staffed throughout the year, as well as the park administrative headquarters in Anchorage and field office in Homer.

Directions

Driving: 

There is no highway access to the park and preserve.

Flying: 

Access to the Lake Clark region is by small aircraft and many air taxi services provide transportation to the park. Float planes may land on the many lakes throughout the area. Wheeled planes land on open beaches, gravel bars, or private airstrips in or near the park. A one to two-hour flight from Anchorage, Kenai or Homer will provide access to most points within the park and preserve.

Public Transport: 

Scheduled commercial flights between Anchorage and Iliamna, 30 miles outside the boundary, provide another means of access.

Transportation to and within the park can be obtained in a number of surrounding towns. Port Alsworth, a small lakeside community, is the park field headquarters. Other towns providing access to the park include Homer, Kenai, Iliamna, Newhalen, and Nondalton.