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Lake Clark Fast Facts

  • Lake Clark National Park covers a total area of 4,030,025 acres
  • The number of people visiting Lake Clark in 2019 was 17,157 (All Years)
  • Lake Clark was made a national park on December 2, 1980
  • The lowest elevation found in Lake Clark is 0 feet at the Pacific Ocean
  • The highest elevation found in Lake Clark is 10,197 feet on Mount Redoubt
  • There is no entrance fee for Lake Clark National Park
  • Lake Clark National Park lies in the Alaska time zone

Random Facts About Lake Clark

  • 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 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.
  • Richard Proenneke lived on the shores of Upper Twin Lake from 1968 to 1999 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.

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.

More About Lake Clark

We have pages on specific topics about Lake Clark National Park. We have sections on Weather, Getting to the Park, and a page to buy Trail Maps. You could also check out the park’s Photo Gallery.

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