Lake Clark National Park   3 comments

Where Is It: It’s not a part of the road system, so access is by air or boat. The Park is about 100 miles southwest of Anchorage.

The Birth: From wikipedia:

It was first proclaimed a national monument in 1978, then established as a national park and preserve in 1980 by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. The park includes many streams and lakes vital to the Bristol Bay salmon fishery, including its namesake Lake Clark.

It Happened Here:

During the 20th century the future park area was lightly populated by people with a high tolerance for solitude. One such person was Richard Proenneke, a former Iowan who came to Alaska in 1949. Proenneke lived at Twin Lakes from 1968 to 1999 in a cabin he built himself, feeding himself through subsistence hunting and by salvaging meat from animals left by sport hunters. A compilation of movie footage shot by Proenneke of his life in the wild was compiled as a documentary, Alone in the Wilderness. Produced posthumously, it has become popular on public television in the United States. Proenneke’s cabin is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Size: 4,030,015 acres

# Visitors: This lightly attended Park had only 13,000 visitors in 2013.

Plants: From the Park’s website:

The Lake Clark area is special for its diversity of flowers, plants, trees, and lichen in a relatively small area. Four of the five biotic communities found in Alaska – coastal, lakes/rivers/wetlands, tundra, and forest – exist in the park.

Animals: From

Lake Clark is home to a full complement of subarctic wildlife species. Land mammals include brown and black bears, moose, the Mulchatna caribou herd that numbers more than 100,000, Dall sheep and wolves. Harbor seals, beluga whales, Steller’s sea lions and sea otters are seen along the coast while the rivers and lakes feature outstanding fishing for salmon, Arctic char, Arctic grayling, Dolly Varden, northern pike, lake trout, and rainbow trout.

Fees: There are no fees to enter or camp in the Park. If you’re going into the back country, there is a voluntary form that the Park requests you fill out.

Staying There: There are private lodges within the Park boundary, but there are no improved campsites in the Park.

Contact Info:

Lake Clark National Park & Preserve
General Delivery
Port Alsworth, AK 99653
Phone: (907)644-3626

Don’t Miss This: If you’re going into the back country, make sure you are familiar with the principles of Leave No Trace. Here is how it’s explained by the Boy Scouts of America. How wild is this Park? From

For the self-sufficient adventurer, Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is a paradise found. It’s a wild land in which—unlike many other national parks—no “improvements” to nature have been made. All camping is primitive and there is only one maintained hiking trail.


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