Lake Clark National Park and Preserve

The Lake Clark National Park ( Lake Clark National Park and Preserve ) is a United States National Park in Alaska. It was founded in 1980 under the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.

The park area is in the Mountains Chigmit the Alaska Range, the mountain range of central Alaska, in the Aleutian Island chain on, which continues on the Aleutian island arc. For the Aleutian chain are active volcanoes, including the two highest mountains of the park Mount Redoubt ( 3059 m) and Mount Iliamna ( 3054 m). In the mountains there is a variety of glaciers, streams, and rivers and lakes. The eponymous Lake Clark is the largest lake in the area and an important spawning area for sockeye salmon.

The park includes 200 km of sea at the Cook Inlet, the wide bay between the Kenai Peninsula and the mainland.

Clark Lake National Park and Preserve is a total of 16.3 thousand km ² in size, which make up the area of 10.6 thousand km ² for the actual National Park and 5700 km ² for the National Preserve. The Preserve has a lower protection status, in their hunting is allowed, but no facilities or marked paths, and it is managed by the National Park along with the National Park Service.

The park is not connected to the road network and is only accessible by plane or by boat in the coastal strip. On average visit less than 5,000 people per year the area.