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Name: Lake Clark National Park and Preserve

Address: 240 West 5th Avenue, Suite 236, Anchorage, Alaska, 99501

Phone : 806-814-9894

Description

Overview:
 
Lake Clark National Park is a land of stunning beauty where volcanoes steam, salmon run, bears forage, craggy mountains reflect in shimmering turquoise lakes, and local people and culture still depend on the land and water of their home. Solitude is found around every bend in the river and shoulder of a mountain. Venture into the park to become part of the wilderness. With over four million acres of tundra, lakes, glaciers, mountains, and coastline, Lake Clark has been called a little Alaska.
 
A range of outdoor activities are available in the park. The National Park website provides a detailed listing of activities and locations. For visitors that like to hike, the Tanalian Trail system originates in the community of Port Alsworth on the southern shore of Lake Clark. The visitor center in Port Alsworth offers information on current trail conditions and directions to the trailhead. There are three trails from this trailhead that are rated moderate to difficult. A popular option is the Tanalian Falls and Kontrashibuna Lake hike that winds through birch groves offering views of Lake Clark and passing the Tanalian Falls, one of the park’s most popular attractions, on the way to Kontrashibuna Lake.
 
For rafting, the park has three designated wild and scenic rivers – Tlikakila National Wild River, Mulchatna National Wild River, and Chilikadrotna National Wild River. Visit the park’s website for more detailed information. 
 
Other popular areas of the park include:
 
Lake Clark – centrally located in the park, this fifty-mile long lake offers fishing and kayaking. The private community of Port Alsworth sits on the southern shore of the lake. Port Alsworth offers visitor services such as lodging, air taxis, guide services, and kayak rentals. As noted earlier, the Tanalian Trails network begins in town. A park visitor center in Port Alsworth has displays, films of the park and rangers who can help with trip planning.
 
Lakes Country – North and south of Lake Clark are turquoise blue lakes situated between the tundra and the Chigmit Mountains. Base camping, backpacking, and hiking options are common recreational activities. Dick Proenneke’s cabin, famous from the PBS special on Dick’s life in the Alaskan backcountry, is located on upper Twin Lake north of Lake Clark.
 
Chigmit Mountains and Volcanoes – Running north south through the center of the park, the craggy Chigmit Moutains and Redoubt and Illiamna Volcanoes provide a challenge for mountaineers. Flight-seeing through the mountains is available from air taxis along the Kenai Peninsula and in Port Alsworth.
 
Permits are not required to travel throughout the park and preserve. For safety reasons, visitors are encouraged to fill out a Voluntary Backcountry Registration. When the National Park Service is contacted regarding over-due parties this information assists Rangers with search and rescue operations. This can be filed with the visitor center in Port Alsworth either in-person or e-mail the center.
 
Accommodations and Facilities:
 
There are no designated camping facilities in the park. All camping is primitive. There are several lodges in the Lake Clark area around Port Alsworth. Several lodging options can be found on the National Park Service website
 
The park is open year-round, although most people visit between June and September. The Port Alsworth Field Headquarters, Anchorage Administrative Headquarters and the Homer Field Office are staffed throughout the year. During the summer, rangers based in Homer provide interpretive programs at various locations including the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center and the Pratt Museum. Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center is located at 95 Sterling Highway in Homer, Alaska while the Pratt Museum is located at 3779 Bartlett Street in Homer.
 
Activities:
 
Bird Watching
Camping
Backpacking
Hiking
Fishing
Hunting
Kayaking
Canoeing
Power Boating
Rafting
Wildlife Viewing
 
Location:
 
Located in southwest of Anchorage, Alaska, Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is not served by roads and access is primiarly via air with a one to two hour flight. When weather and tides permit, the east side of the park on the Cook Inlet coast may be accessed by boat in addition to aircraft. For a list of authorized outfitters and air taxis, click here. http://www.nps.gov/lacl/planyourvisit/directions.htm
 
 
Photo Credit: National Park Service

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