Lake Clark Fast Facts
How big is Lake Clark National Park?
Lake Clark covers a total area of 4,030,025 acres or 6,297 square miles.
How many people visit Lake Clark National Park?
18,278 people visited Lake Clark in 2021. A table showing all years can be found at Lake Clark Visitation Stats.
When was Lake Clark National Park created?
Lake Clark was made a national park on December 2, 1980.
What are the highest and lowest elevations in Lake Clark National Park?
Lake Clark’s lowest point is 0 feet at the Pacific Ocean. The highest point in Lake Clark is 10,197 feet on Mount Redoubt.
What time zone is Lake Clark National Park located in?
Lake Clark is in the Alaska Time Zone.
How much does it cost to enter Lake Clark National Park?
There is no entrance fee for Lake Clark National Park.
Five Random Facts About Lake Clark
Richard Proenneke lived on the shores of Upper Twin Lake from 1968 to1999 in a self-built cabin, living off of the land. In 1973 the book One Man’s Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey was published, and was based on his journals. The cabin still stands, and can be visited today.
The highest point in the park, Mount Redoubt, is an active volcano. A recent ash eruption on December 14, 1989 caused problems for air traffic, including a KLM Boeing 747, on which all four engines failed. The plane made it safely back to Anchorage. In March and April 2009 it erupted again, this time releasing pyroclastic flows.
On November 16, 1978, Lake Clark National Monument was created along with 15 others. On December 2, 1980, the monument was changed to a national park, along with all other Alaskan national parks, by the Alaska Native Interests Land Conservation Act.
Large mammals in Lake Clark National Park include caribou, grizzly bears, moose, wolves, and Dall sheep. Smaller mammals include coyotes, wolverines, lynx, voles, and arctic ground squirrels.
The first air taxi service to Lake Clark was provided by the Alsworth family, for whom the in-park town of Port Alsworth is named. The family still operates Lake Clark Air to this day.
Where is Lake Clark National Park?
Lake Clark National Park is located in a very remote area of southern Alaska. The village of Port Alsworth is within the park and acts as the park’s headquarters. Very limited services are available. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Lake Clark.