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Lake Clark National Park

Lake Clark National Park







Description of Lake Clark National Park

Location: Anchorage, Alaska Map

Area: 4,030,025 acres (16,308 km²)

Official site

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 a rescue.


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.

The 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.




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