Lake Clark National Park

Lake Iliamna, Wilderness Lodges, Volcanoes, Bear Viewing

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve in Alaska’s southwest region was established in 1980 to protect this area’s scenic beauty which includes volcanoes, massive glaciers, wild rivers and spectacular waterfalls. The region also offers critical habitat for fish and wildlife including a massive watershed essential for red salmon. Lake Clark itself is 1056 feet deep and covers 128 square miles. Thousands of years ago, the lake (and nearby Lake Iliamna) may have been open to salt water before being closed off by glacial out wash deposits. The glaciers of the last ice age retreated from Lake Clark National Park 14,000 years ago, and the earliest archaeological evidence of people in the park is about 10,000 years old. Lake Clark National Park and Preserve provides a true Alaska wilderness experience for those who visit.

Alaska wilderness backpacking, hiking, rafting, kayaking, wildlife viewing, and fishing are the primary activities in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. The Lake Clark Visitor Center in Port Alsworth offers interpretive displays, and the most up-to-date information on park activities and conditions. 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.

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is not on the road system and access is primarily by small aircraft. Float planes may land on 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, the Kenai or Homer will provide access to most points within the park and preserve. There is no highway access to the park and preserve. When weather and tides permit, the east side of the park on the Cook Inlet coast may be accessed by boat from the Kenai Peninsula.

There are several hunting, fishing and recreational wilderness lodges in Alaska located at Port Alsworth or on Lake Clark itself. Along the park boundary on the Cook Inlet Coast you will find great bear viewing opportunities, including Alaska Homestead Lodge.

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Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $921 / per person

Depart from Anchorage by wheeled plane for a 90-minute scenic flight southwest over Cook Inlet toward the Chigmit Mountains. Enjoy spectacular views of the Alaska and Aleutian... Read more.

Duration: 2 Days
Starting at: $1635 / per person

Redoubt Bay Lodge is a rustic nature lodge located 50 miles southwest of Anchorage at the entrance to Lake Clark Pass on the shores of Cook Inlet. This classic Alaska adventure lodge... Read more.

Duration: 3 Days
Starting at: $1899 / per person

Alaska Homestead Lodge is nestled at the foot of Mt. Iliamna in Lake Clark National Park and near Silver Salmon Creek, a place of unsurpassed beauty. The lodge is reached via airplane... Read more.

Unique Itinerary
Duration: 14 Days
Starting at: $5209 / per person

Discover 4 of Alaska’s National Parks! Travel independently by rental car. This program provides unique experiences and takes you to some more remote areas! First, enjoy scenic... Read more.