Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
Mountains rise dramatically over turquoise lakes reflecting the park's spectacular scenery. Volcanoes still steam on the eastern flank, the terrain descending westward through tundra-covered foothills and boreal forest. Winding glaciers, fossil remnants of ancient sea life, and an abundance of wildlife all characterize this unique parkland.
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Tips for Visitors
• Hike the historic Telaquana Trail, a traditional Dena’ina Athabascan route.
• Attend a lecture at the Port Alsworth Visitor Center.
• Visit Dick Proenneke’s historic cabin and be inspired to live in the wilderness.
• Plan a stay at one of the park’s many wilderness lodges.
• Fish for one of the 6 million sockeye salmon that spawn here every year.
• Sportfishers from around the world come here for the abundance and diversity of fish. In fact, one of the main reasons the park was established was to preserve the watershed for a rich red salmon fishery.
• This subarctic environment teems with wildlife, including 37 terrestrial mammals, 5 marine mammals, 1 amphibian, and more than 125 species of birds.
Dick Proenneke, an icon of wilderness, built his cabin on Twin Lakes in Lake Clark National Park using only hand tools and his own labor. He began work on the cabin in 1967 at the age of 51 and lived there until 1998, when he was 82.
Lake Clark is 1,056 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 outwash deposits.
Dena’ina Athabaskans are the most prevalent Alaska Natives in the area while the southern portions of the Lake Iliamna area are home to Yup’ik people.
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Climate and Weather
Getting There and Around
How to Get There
Air Taxi Services
Alone in the Wilderness
Dick Proenneke's Story
Dick Proenneke's Cabin: Informational Brochure
Inns and Lodges in the Park
Camping and Backpacking
Hiking the Telaquana Trail
Kayaking and Canoeing
Authorized Guide Services
History and Culture
Kijik National Historic Landmark
Nature and Science
Common Animals of Lake Clark
Common Plants of Lake Clark
Lake Clark's Volcanoes
Ecological Profile: Lake Clark National Park & Preserve
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NWS Forecast for Lake Clark Area
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