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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. The Chigmits, where the Alaska and Aleutian Ranges meet, are an awesome, jagged array of mountains and glaciers which include two active volcanoes, Mt. Redoubt and Mt. Iliamna.

Lake Clark, 40 miles long, and many other lakes and rivers within the park are critical salmon habitat to the Bristol Bay salmon fishery, one of the largest sockeye salmon fishing grounds in the world. Numerous lake and river systems in the park and preserve offer excellent fishing and wildlife viewing.



Email - dennis_knuckles@nps.gov

Fax- (907) 781-2119

Write to
Field Headquarters
1 Park Place
Port Alsworth, AK 99653

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Administrative Headquarters
4230 University Drive, Suite 311
Anchorage, AK 99508

Headquarters - (907) 271-3751
Visitor Information - (907) 781-2218


Operating Hours, Seasons
Open year round Highest Visitation June through September

Getting There
PLANE - Access to the Lake Clark region is by small aircraft. 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.

CAR - There is no highway access to the park and preserve.

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

Weather & Climate
June through August temperatures average between 50? and 65? F with considerable precipitation. Weather conditions in the region change suddenly and proper equipment, rain and cool weather gear, extra food, and extra cooking fuel, are essential for any back country travel. Frost and snow can occur in September and October, and in mid-summer evening frost should be expected. Strong winds can occur at any time. Winter temperatures can sink to -40? F.

Most National Park Service buildings and local visitor services, facilities, and air charters are not handicapped accessible.

Getting Around
There are no roads in the park. A two and one half mile trail to Tanalian Falls and Kontrashibuna Lake is accessible from the town of Port Alsworth. The 50 mile Telaquana Trail depicted on maps is an undeveloped historic route from Lake Clark to Telaquana Lake.


No Campground
There is currently no designated camping area in Port Alsworth, however camping is allowed without a permit throughout the park (with the exception of private inholdings).


Visitor Centers
Open All Year 8-5
Phone - (907) 781-2218
Closures - During the winter months, November through April, the visitor center is open on request.
Special Programs - Slide shows and videos of the park and surrounding area are available as staffing allows. Ranger guided hikes are available during the summer months.
Exhibits - Hands-on exhibits on natural history and history of the area.

Detailed Map

Contact Info
contact info
Phone, Email, Address, GPS coordinates

Campgrounds Nearby
List of Nearby Campgrounds

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Lake Clark National Park & Preserve.

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