Lake Clark National Park in Alaska is just southwest of Anchorage and accessible via small aircraft or boat from Kenai Peninsula. Definitely off the beaten path, Lake Clark is worth a visit for adventure travel, wilderness backpacking, hunting and fishing.
Famous for: Four active volcanoes, including Mt. Augustine, which last erupted in 2006. All these volcanoes are part of the larger Pacific “Ring of Fire” with 70 active volcanoes.
Admission: No fees for this national park!
Visitors will enjoy: In addition to birdwatching and wildlife viewing, visitors to Lake Clark National Park also enjoy a number of water activities including kayaking, canoeing and fishing.
Where to stay while visiting: Many lodges are available in the area, and because no restaurants or concessions are available in the park, they are also the best way to feed yourself while visiting (unless you plan to bring your own food! Bear-safe containers are definitely recommended).
Best campground in the park: No reservations are required to camp in Lake Clark National Park. However, Lake Clark is considered wilderness and camping is only recommended for seasoned travelers. When in doubt, consider joining a guided tour of the backcountry.
Best months to visit for weather: June to September, but because the weather can change so quickly, visitors should be prepared for sun, rain and storms, even in the middle of the summer!
Visit the National Park Services website for more information on Lake Clark National Park.
Photo courtesy of USGS Photo and National Park Service.