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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New Study Shows High Salmon Use in Wolf Diets in Southwest Alaska

Port Alsworth, AK – A new study shows wolves in Southwest Alaska are using a diversity of food resources to meet their dietary needs, including a high use of salmon and salmon carcasses. The study was published in the August 2017 issue of Canadian Journal of Zoology. The study also found a possible increase in wolf pack stability in packs making regular use of salmon as a food resource.

Subsistence Resource Council Meeting, October 2017

The Lake Clark National Park SRC will meet from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. or until business is completed on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at the Port Alsworth Community Center on Flight Line Road in Port Alsworth, AK 99653. There will be a community luncheon prior to the meeting at 12:00 p.m.

Final Update on Downed Plane in Lake Clark National Preserve

The final update about the downed plane in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.

Lake Clark National Park Photos

Teenagers don't take directions kindly...

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Teenagers don't take directions kindly...

This sow is interacting with her cub and the cub doesn't seem to be taking it well with it's mouth open and teeth showing, kind of reminds me of teenagers. Well, the cub is a yearling, that is, it is a year old and wasn't born this spring. I read that the cub will stay with it's mother about three years or until the mother has another litter.

As I look at this photo I can see some mud on the bears. I watched some roll around in the mud, either playing or getting some mud on them to help with the mosquitoes. It's also possible they got the mud on them when they were clamming at low tide.

Taken 3 June 2019 in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Nursing Time

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Nursing Time

A mother grizzly bear nurses her two cubs on the riverbank.

In Cold Pursuit

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In Cold Pursuit

Alaska. A female coast brown bear, aka grizzly, arctos horribilis, runs after a salmon in the mouth of the stream on Cook Inlet.

Nursing Time

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Nursing Time

A mother grizzly bear nurses her two cubs on the riverbank.

Nursing Time

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Nursing Time

Mother Grizzly bear feeds her young cubs on the riverbank, Alaska.

Running Water Bear

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Running Water Bear

This Brown Bear had just swum across the river and I was thinking it would shake off the water like a dog, but this bear, likely a sow, decided the best way to get the water off was to run and run fast. You can see the water just cascade off her flanks as she gives it a go, paws off the ground, claws on display, ears bent back, and moving quickly. And she ran in my direction, which gave me a bit of pause, but she wasn't going for me thank goodness! That and nothing can hurt me if I'm looking through my viewfinder ;)

Taken 3 June 2019 at Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Out for a stroll

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Out for a stroll

A Brown (grizzly) bear out for a pleasant stroll in Lake Clark National Park. Well, the bear lives here and I'm just visiting, but this was the first bear I had some shots of as it sauntered down the embankment towards me. What a magnificent creature! And those claws - ouch!

This is another photo from my recent trip to bear camp on the Katmai.

Taken 3 June 2019 at Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Brown Bear Portrait

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Brown Bear Portrait

I'm back from bear camp and what a grand adventure that was! We were as close as eight feet from a brown bear and I can say that I was just a bit apprehensive during that encounter, but nobody got eaten. We had several close encounters while I was there, so after the first I wasn't as afraid. Here is a shot of one of those close bears and this is the full image - no crop.

Taken 5 June 2019 at Lake Clark National Park, Alaska

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While Waiting for a Fish

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While Waiting for a Fish

Alaska. A mother coastal grizzly bear watches the stream carefully for salmon, while her cubs playfight behind her.