Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is a 4,030,058-acre composite of ecosystems representative of many regions of Alaska. It contains four of the five biotic zones found in Alaska: the tundra, riparian, coastal, and forest zones. The spectacular scenery stretches from the shores of Cook Inlet, across the Chigmit Mountains, to the tundra covered hills of the western interior. The Chigmits, where the Alaska and Aleutian Ranges meet, are an awesome, jagged array of mountains and glaciers that include two active volcanoes, Mt. Redoubt and Mt. Iliamna. Lake Clark, 40 miles long, and many other lakes and rivers within the park are critical salmon habitat to the Bristol Bay salmon fishery, one of the largest sockeye salmon fishing grounds in the world. Established to protect scenic beauty (volcanoes, glaciers, wild rivers and waterfalls), populations of fish and wildlife, watershed essential for red salmon, and the traditional lifestyle of local residents, Lake Clark provides a true wilderness experience for those who visit. Numerous lake and river systems in the park and preserve offer excellent fishing and wildlife viewing. The park with it diverse landscapes is home to caribou, Dall's sheep, brown bears, bald eagles, and peregrine falcons.
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