Fees and permits There are no fees or
permits anywhere within the park. Backcountry hikers are requested
to fill out a
free registration form, which can assist rangers in the event of
Lake Clark National Park is situated near Anchorage, Alaska in USA.
It is a protected natural area composed of a United States National
Park and a reserve located in southern Alaska, which protects
numerous streams and lakes of vital importance for the Bristol Bay
salmon fishery. Administratively, the park belongs to the boroughs
of the Lake and Peninsula, the Kenai Peninsula and Matanuska-Susitna
and the Bethel census area. It was first established as a national
monument in 1978 and then as Lake Clark National Park in 1980. It
protects an area of 16 308 km², making it the fifth largest national
park in Alaska and also in the entire United States. The park allows
a wide variety of recreational activities throughout the year.
The Lake Clark Park has been called "the essence
of Alaska" as it concentrates in a relatively small area of the
Alaska Peninsula, southwest of Anchorage, a variety of Great
features that do not occur together in none of the other national
parks of Alaska: the union of three chains of mountains (the Alaska
mountain range to the north, the Aleutian mountain range to the
south, and the park's own rugged Chigmit mountains); two active
volcanoes, the Iliamna and the Redoubt; a forested coast in the east
(similar to southeastern Alaska), washed by the waters of Cook
Inlet; a plateau with tundra, in the west (similar to the Arctic
Alaska); and several turquoise lakes.
No road or road leads
to Lake Clark National Park and can only be reached in small planes,
the hydroplane being the best method. The park, one of the least
visited of the entire National Park System of the United States, has
an average of just over 5,000 visitors per year.
documentary film Alone in the Wilderness (2003) looks at what is now
the park. Most of the film was shot in 1968 and 1969 and shows the
twin lakes park area, Twin Lakes.