Wild Wilderness: Lake Clark National Park Alaska
How close are you to visiting all 61 of the US National Parks?
Well Seth B is three steps closer after hitting the road this summer and one of them was Lake Clark National Park & Preserve in Alaska! Check out Seth B’s full albums & pics from his adventure on Flicker HERE.
Seth now has less than 5 National Parks left out of the 61 to visit. He’s likely to be the first Hashtag 59 writer to visit all 61 of them.
Check out his adventures below in Lake Clark National Park and learn more about this splendid wilderness in Alaska below!
How do you get to Lake Clark National Park in Alaska?
That answer is satisfied by taking a gaze at the above picture. Airplane. Lake Clark is located 100 miles Southwest of most accessible city to reach in Alaska (Anchorage.)
Yet there are no roads (or other routes) to reach Lake Clark except by flying there. Float or bush planes depart from Anchorage daily and are only around 40 minutes. Don’t let that fool you you into thinking you are just headed out of the city for a little bit.
What awaits you is pure wilderness. You are headed to the wild when you head to Lake Clark National Park.
Who will you be with at Lake Clark National Park?
Likely not many other humans! Lake Clark is consistently ranked as one of the least visited of the 61 US National Parks. It’s almost always in the top 5 least visited. And one of the harder ones to reach in Alaska, which is certainly saying something! Check out Mike R’s recent visit to Isle Royale National Park HERE to learn about the least visited of the 61 National Parks in the lower 48.
However you will be with pristine waterfalls, alpine lakes, mountains, wildlife, flowers, & an area unbeknownst to so many citizens of the country that it resides in, let alone of humans from all over the world.
Be prepared for adventure!
Seth visited Port Alsworth & Fort Lodge on his journey. The Huffington Post recently gave a perfect description to this place in words we couldn’t describe better ourselves! Read their full report on Lake Clark National Park HERE.
”About 40 minutes by float- or bush-plane from Anchorage resides the small lakeside community of Port Alsworth on the southwestern edge of the park. In Port Alsworth, a little bit of everything can be found. There are several lodges, the most popular being the Farm Lodge that is owned and operated by the Alsworth family who are 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation ascendants of the community's founder: Babe Alsworth, a missionary and bush pilot who laid down roots in 1950. If you are looking for wholesome lakeside family fun, this is your jam. Nearby are 10 waterfront lodges overlooking a protected bay where kayaks float, motorboats scoot off for fishing adventures, and seaplanes come and go ferrying passengers in and out of relaxed stays and backcountry adventures.”
There’s a great story in the book by our buds @MattandKarenSmith in Dear Bob & Sue that describes their excitement in visiting Lake Clark National Park. When arriving there they got the opportunity to tour the cabin of a gentlemen who lived off the grid for several decades in this cabin.
In the middle of nowhere in remote Alaska. No electricity, no running water, bears, salmon, etc. He also stayed here year round.
Lake Clark National Park (before it was officially a National Park) was the chosen place for a person who really wanted to get away from all of it. Before you think we can’t be a bit grittier and tougher and rougher in our lives when it comes to how we experience the outdoors then I say we might want to remember this human. If he can live in a cabin until his 80’s then we can certainly do a backpacking trip or certainly sleep on the ground in a tent for a night or two right?!
Learn more about Richard Proenneke’s Cabin HERE.
How many National Parks are in Alaska?
There are 8 of them to be exact! If you click on our full blog archives you can see more of Seth B’s adventures in some of the other parks but here’s the run down and the easiest mode of transportation to get there.
Unlike most National Parks you won’t just be able to cruise in on a scenic drive to these parks!
1. Denali National Park: One of the few that is accessible by road. 4 hours from Anchorage.
2. Lake Clark National Park: We are diving into that.
3. Glacier Bay National Park: Cruise ship or float plane to the tiny town of Gustavus.
4. Wrangell St Elias National Park: A rugged long road trip in car or plane. This is the largest of the 61 National Parks and bigger than some states in the lower 48. (Looking at you Rhode Island & Connecticut.)
5. Katmai National Park: The land of the salmon runs and grizzly bears. Float Planes!
6. Gates of the Arctic National Park. No trails. No roads. A long float plane ride.
7. Katmai National Park: This place is above the Arctic Circle. Caribou and Inuits live there, no one else. Float plane or one helluva walk.
8. Kenai Fjords National Park: Home to Exit Glacier & near Seward Alaska this is likely the park most like the ones you would recognize going to in the lower 48. Because you can drive to it in a reasonably short amount of time from a city.
Thanks for checking out more amazing photos from Seth B on his journey to visit all 61 of the US National Parks! We can’t wait to share his other parks and ultimately celebrate & toast when he visits his last one!
Have you ever been to Lake Clark? Or any of the other parks in Alaska? Share your adventures below!
Because Adventure Travel Feeds the Soul,
Seth B and the Hashtag 59 Team