Lake Clark National Park, Alaska

Lake Clark National Park is in the southern part of Alaska and the closest city is the capital Anchorage. It was established as a national park on December 2, 1980. The park covers an area of 6297 square miles and around 12,000 vistors attend the park each year. The park contains an abundance lakes, rivers, parts of several mountain ranges, glaciers, a rainforest, an alpine tundra, and also some volcanoes. Only one of the volcanoes in the park is active and it is named Redoubt. Redoubt has erupted a couple times in the past three decades. The waterways in park are key to the health of the Bristol Bay sockeye salmon fishery which is the biggest one on the planet on the planet. The park is always open but the most popular times to visit are between June and September.

Lake Clark National Park Info


Lake Clark National Park

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News

National Park Service Celebrates Dedication of the Jay S. Hammond Wilderness Area

The National Park Service dedicated the Jay S. Hammond Wilderness Area yesterday in a ceremony that celebrated Governor Hammond’s contributions to Alaska and the Hammond family’s legacy at Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. Former First Lady of Alaska, Bella Hammond, her daughter Heidi Hammond, and granddaughter Lauren Stanford attended.

Lake Clark National Park Opens a Second Public Use Cabin in an Historic Prospector’s Log Home

Anchorage, AK – Lake Clark National Park and Preserve opened its second public use cabin on October 22, 2019. The historic Joe Thompson cabin is at the base of the newly revitalized Portage Creek Trail on the north shore of Lake Clark about thirteen miles from Port Alsworth, Alaska. This is an opportunity for park visitors to step into the shoes of a mid-century cabin builder, prospector, and commercial fisherman – stay in his cabin, hike the trail towards his prospect, and explore the Lake Clark country he lived in for forty years.

Extreme Fire Danger: Lake Clark National Park and Preserve encourages caution with use of campfires and to report new wildfires

Port Alsworth, Alaska –Fire danger in Lake Clark and Iliamna Lake region is extreme as prolonged hot, dry and windy weather has dried park vegetation. These conditions mean that given an ignition source, new fires may readily start and spread quickly. Smoky conditions are widespread throughout the park as smoke moves in from distant fires.

Lake Clark National Park Photos

Just curious...

danielusescanon posted a photo:

Just curious...

This Coastal Brown sow saunters close to our group near Bear Camp on the Katmai. She knows we're there but tries to ignore us by not looking at us directly. This was the second closest bear encounter our group had and our guide was seconds away from releasing bear spray to move her away from our group after she came within yards of us. Thankfully, no spray was released. But, wow!

No crop at all for this image. In fact I was busy pulling the lens in to get more of the bear in the image. I'm headed out for a while, so I'll leave you with this image for a bit ;)

Taken 5 June 2019 at Bear Camp, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska

I'm back here mom...

danielusescanon posted a photo:

I'm back here mom...

Late May early June the coastal brown bears come down from the mountains to eat the sedge grass and mate. The cubs that are present are yearlings, born last year. The sows that have just given birth avoid this time as the boars might kill their young. They come down later when its safe.

Here a sow and her cub have eaten their fill of the grass and are watching something in the distance. The sow still has a blade of grass sticking from her mouth, much like a tooth pic, while her cub places its paw on her rump. I found this pose to be rather amusing as I oftentimes wonder about the behavior we see. Is the cub just letting her know it's still there or just wants contact with mom?

Taken 5 June 2019 at Bear Camp, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska

Who's Afraid of a Big Bad Bear?

raptor wack posted a photo:

Who's Afraid of a Big Bad Bear?

Me for one.

A ranger and bear expert told us the only thing a Grizzly Bear is afraid of.
It's a bigger Grizzly. So if you see a big bad bear looking back over his shoulder, it's best if you look and take note too.

One thing I did notice about this Coastal Brown Bear is its' claws. Apparently enough time on the beach digging for clams gives a bear very, very shiny nails.

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great day.
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Fast Approaching...

danielusescanon posted a photo:

Fast Approaching...

If a grizzly runs at you like this, you might be in for a world of hurt, but in this case the grizzly wasn't attacking but drying off. This sow had just come out of the water and apparently this is how it works to get the water off.

Taken 3 June 2019 Lake Clark National Park, Alaska

Looper

SF knitter posted a photo:

Looper

Her other nickname is Old Sow. She didn't have any cubs this season.

... Moving out ...

Grandpops Woodlice posted a photo:

... Moving out ...

This female had just clocked another bear approaching from behind, and was on her toes in the opposite direction !!

Fireweed in Fog, Alaska.

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Fireweed in Fog, Alaska.

Stalks of fireweed bloom in a foggy meadow, Alaska.

Fireweed with Dew

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Fireweed with Dew

Alaska. Detail of fireweed blossoms with dew.

I didn't push him...really!

SF knitter posted a photo:

I didn't push him...really!

Remember those two cubs looking guilty? This was the outcome.

Happy Monday!

It's a BEAR workshop, not an Eagle workshop!

SF knitter posted a photo:

It's a BEAR workshop, not an Eagle workshop!

In reality, we'll take whatever wildlife comes our way.

Have a fantastic weekend, everyone!

Um, no, we're not up to anything...

SF knitter posted a photo:

Um, no, we're not up to anything...

Haha, don't these two look guilty?

Happy Monday!

Young Grizzly Surveys It's Surroundings

Joseph M. Campbell posted a photo:

Young Grizzly Surveys It's Surroundings

Grizzly Cub

Joseph M. Campbell posted a photo:

Grizzly Cub

"Wait! Wait!..Time Out!"

Joseph M. Campbell posted a photo:

"Wait! Wait!..Time Out!"

Fields of purple

SF knitter posted a photo:

Fields of purple

Fireweed was blooming profusely when we were in Alaska. We spent some time in a fireweed field while looking for bears.

Shake it, shake it, but don't break it...

danielusescanon posted a photo:

Shake it, shake it, but don't break it...

This female Coastal Brown (Grizzly) Bear is making quite a splash half way across this river and throwing quite a bit of water around as she shakes her head vigorously! Yes, there is a bear in there... I watched this sow enter the river and play in the water for a bit before she crossed back over.

Taken 5 June 2019 at Bear Camp, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska

Wheee! TFW It's Friday!

Where The Trails Take You Photography posted a photo:

Wheee! TFW It's Friday!

TFW (that feeling when) it's Friday and you have a fun weekend planned.

Copyright Rebecca L. Latson, all rights reserved.

Busted

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Busted

We'd been following this juvenile bear for a while until it ran off the road between properties. We had decided, since we were right at our lodge, that we'd take a break. Well, look who wandered into the back garden to find a drink and something to eat?

... Fingertip control ...

Grandpops Woodlice posted a photo:

... Fingertip control ...

These juvenile Bald Eagles would patrol the beach inches from the volcanic sand looking for scraps, for such young birds, their flight control was amazing.
This is for Joan, a Flickr friend who loves Eagles, and is busy recovering after an operation. Keep at it Joan :o)xx

... Tippy Toe ...

Grandpops Woodlice posted a photo:

... Tippy Toe ...

The local camp fox made a couple of appearances, whilst we were photographing the bears, this was taken in the sand dunes leading to the beach.