Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

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Summer season activities in the Lake Clark area largely center around backpacking, river running, and fishing. For all activities you must either arrive fully self-sufficient, or make advance arrangements with a guide, outfitter, or lodge operator. Although there are no maintained trails in the park, the western foothills offer ideal backpacking on open, relatively dry tundra and afford beautiful vistas of mountains, glaciers and lakes. Popular destinations include Telaquana Lake, Turquoise Lake and the Twin Lakes area. The historic Kijik-Old Village Trail shown on the U.S.G.S. maps is not discernible on the ground. The general route, however, provides good hiking opportunities. Other excellent hiking routes are also available out of Port Alsworth. The mountains themselves are steep, rugged, and subject to year-round inclement weather. The lowlands can be boggy, wet tundra punctuated by maddening tangles of alder.

There are no designated campgrounds in the park. Backcountry camping is allowed on any federally owned land within the park and preserve. Permits are not required. For your own safety, please leave your itinerary with park rangers or a friend.

Sport hunting is allowed in the preserve only. Big game animals present include dall sheep, caribou, moose, black and brown bear. The park and preserve offer anglers plenty of opportunity to find trophy fish. Sport fish present include arctic char, grayling, dolly varden, northern pike, lake trout, rainbow trout, and five species of salmon. Check with park rangers and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for additional fishing areas.

Fishing and hunting is in accordance with State of Alaska and federal regulations. Alaska State licenses are required and should be purchased prior to departure to the park. Licensed guides and outfitters are available.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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