Lake Clark National Park

I have a couple friends who last year up and moved to Kenai, Alaska (just southwest of Anchorage, north of Kodiak Island). ┬áSince their move, I’ve been living vicariously through their amazing photos and am hoping to make it there by summer’s end. Kenai is just across a Gulf of Alaska inlet and less than 50 miles from Lake Clark National Park & Preserve. The best way to access Lake Clark is by small plane, on wheels, floats, or skis. There is no highway access to the park, from anywhere.

When Dick Proenneke passed away in 2003 (after living alone in the wilderness for over 30 years), he entrusted his handbuilt cabin and cache to the NPS, in the Twin Lakes region of Lake Clark. The cabin now stands and serves as a museum of Prokenneke and his legacy, maintained by the park service year round. I’m most of the way through More Readings from One Man’s Wilderness: The Journals of Richard L. Proenneke, 1974-1980 and it’s making me more itchy footed by the day to get up there.

Anyone ever been?

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3 Responses to Lake Clark National Park

  1. Kimball Mayer June 28, 2011 at 6:46 am #

    A beautiful place. We ran the Tlikakila River in the park between Summit Lake and Lake Clark about 15 years ago. Its a great wilderness float – about 70 miles through a forested valley crested by hanging glaciers. We didn’t get to the cabin then. Dick lived in through 1998 I think.

  2. Cooperhill June 29, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    I’ve not been to the cabin but I’ve watched the videos and started getting into the journals. It paints a little different picture (truer than Sam Keith’s book obviously) of his day to day life.

  3. Luis Portabales July 5, 2011 at 6:59 am #

    i love this kind of wooden cabins, i feel so inspired in that sfuff when i design my own wooden bird houses.

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