Lake Clark National Park is the perfect example of environmental diversity. Located in south-western Alaska, the park’s landscape includes the rainforest coastline of Cook Inlet; the striking Chigmit Mountains; and to the west, alpine tundra. Glaciers, stunning turquoise lakes, salmon rich streams and active volcanoes are just some of the park’s magnificent features.
The park covers an area of 16,309 km2 (~6,297 sq mi) and is situated at the base of the Alaskan Peninsula. Located 160 km (100 mi) of Anchorage, it cannot be reached by road; boat and air taxi offer the only routes in.
The jagged peaks of the Chigmit Mountains cut impressively against the skyline. The range combines glaciers, mountains and two volcanoes. Mt. Redoubt and Iliamna are both still active and in recent history, Redoubt has erupted three times in 1966, 1989 and 2009. Dramatic geological activity is common in the park and the region experiences at least one large earthquake every year.
Recreational activities in the park are varied, allowing visitors to discover all it has to offer. The park has just one trail system with exceptional one-day hiking routes. Of course, suitably prepared visitors are free to head off the beaten track and backpacking across the tundra is popular with avid explorers.
Alaskan wildlife freely roams in Lake Clark National Park, offering splendid animal watching opportunities. During the summer months, visitors can watch brown bears in their natural habitat. At Silver Salmon Creek bears can be seen deftly catching and feeding on salmon, an unforgettable experience.
Three scenic rivers are perfect for rafting, while proficient paddlers may kayak in the many lakes. The area is also renowned for exceptional wilderness fishing. Fishing is permitted in the turquoise waters of Lake Clark and the surrounding streams and creeks.