Much of Alaska is seemingly uncharted wilderness, but in the late 70s many of the national monuments that had been implemented in the state gained some much needed attention from the government and in 1980 those monuments became officially part of the national park registry.

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Among those national monuments turned national parks was the forever grand Lake Clark National Park. Since that time, it has become one of Alaska’s top destination and people are returning again and again to this park for its natural beauty and uncommon attractions.

Newhalen River

Lake Clark National Park 1 150x150 Lake Clark National ParkYou cannot go to a national park without finding some form of water within its boundaries. Water is the life source of all living things and nothing personifies that more than the fish that are found within those waters. Sockeye Salmon is one of the most sought after fish in the world and the vast majority of these fish can be found within Newhalen River. The species of fish has astounded researchers for years for their ability to migrate in huge numbers to the exact same location within Lake Clark National Park each and every year. The average number of sockeye salmon that are said to make the journey is approximately 372,000 and in Lake Clark National Park, the protection of these fish has enabled the species to thrive, but also given science a better understanding of their lives as well as habits throughout their existence.

The Bears

One of the best things about Alaska is the high number of bears that call the area home. Lake Clark National Park is home to a great population of the beautiful brown bears. Viewing the bears can be in all warm weather seasons, but if you want to see the largest concentration of bears you Chinitna Bay and Silver Salmon Creek will assure you a wonderful photo opportunity. The bears of Chrinitna Bay are most prevalent within the months of June and July while the Silver Salmon Creek bears are seen most often in the months of July and August.

There are some precautions that need to be taken when viewing the bears. Although the bears of the area have become somewhat accustomed to seeing people, they are still wild animals and prone to wild animal behavior when threatened. Therefore, it is advised that you remain as non-threatening to the bears as possible by staying on the viewing areas that are stationed around the areas where bears are commonly seen in groups. Any approach to a bear or group of bears may be seen as a threat on the bear’s food source and you need to make certain that you know the cues that a bear will give that it is agitated. Here are a few that you can watch for.

The most common way that a bear will show that you have aggravated him is when he calmly moves away. This means that he is not angry yet, but you should not pursue the bear any further. If the bear becomes a little more agitated he may pop his teeth, yawn, or stand on his hind legs. These are messages to you telling you that he is the dominate one and ready for action. If the bear becomes very agitated, you will see him hit the ground of even make advances toward visitors by lunging at them slightly. This means that you need to leave the bear alone immediately. Bears are majestic and what people want to see when they come to Lake Clark National Park, but the park is their home and humans must respect that notion to the highest degree.

Other Things to Know

Lake Clark National Park2 150x150 Lake Clark National ParkWith the idea of seeing brown bears and salmon runs firmly placed within your mind you may be ready to hit the road and get out to Lake Clark National Park straight away, but there are some things that you may want to consider before you make your way to Alaska. The first thing is the there are no fees associated with entering or camping within the park. This makes it a great and option for more budget conscious individuals, but there are no roads within the park. Even though you may be saving money from fees, you will have to pay out to get there either by air or boat.

The most popular way to enter Clark Lake National Park is by air taxi. These taxis are piloted by pilots with special licensing to land within the park. The planes will land by water if they are equipped with the proper floats or on the sand if only equipped with wheels. When choosing to travel by air ensure that you pack extra food and survival gear to account for any bad weather that may keep you from leaving the area at your scheduled times. The rangers also ask that you sign the voluntary registry book and leave your itinerary with someone at home in the case that you do not get back at your scheduled time. Safety is always your best policy.

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Download a Lake Clark National Park Map

Planning a trip to Lake Clark National Park Map? Be sure to download the official Lake Clark National Park Map, below, or use our interactive maps to find restaurants, hotels, or activities along the route of your choosing in and around the park. Either way, don’t leave home without a map of Lake Clark National Park Map. This free Lake Clark National Park Map map shows park roads, attractions, and more.

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