Surrounded by trees, mountains and volcanoes — all reflected in turquoise water — and with only subarctic wildlife to keep you company, Lake Clark is Alaskan wilderness at its best. Waterfalls, glaciers, rivers teeming with Sockeye salmon, and the largest lake in the state make this one of Alaska’s most scenic places. Kayaking and fishing on calm Lake Clark are highlights for many, as well as brown bear spotting at the park’s Silver Salmon Creek and Chinitna Bay. The Tanalian trails network helps hikers get to some of the park’s best natural spots.
The park’s geography ranges from mountain ranges to tundra to rainforest, creating habitats for a diverse amount of wildlife. Visitors to the park may encounter wolves, moose, caribou, dozens of species of fish, and of course, Alaskan brown bears. Parts of the park run along the coastline, opening up even more wildlife encounter opportunities.
Lake Clark National Park is located 100 miles southwest of Anchorage. According to the National Park Service, access to Lake Clark is limited to floatplanes and small aircraft as there are no major roads leading to the area. There are no fees for park entrance nor permits required for backpacking or camping.