The 4,725,000 acre Katmai National Park and the 1,157,000 acre Becharof National Wildlife Refuge are both within sight of the lodge and the 4,000,000 acre Lake Clark National Park and the 4,100,000 acre Togiak National Wildlife Refuge are a short airplane ride away. Each offers a multitude of day trip possibilities.
Click on the icons below to explore the local Parks and National Wildlife Refuges:
Lake Clark National Park & Preserve – This is a land of stunning beauty where volcanoes steam, salmon run, bears forage, craggy mountains reflect in shimmering turquoise lakes, and local people and culture still depend on the land and water of their home.
Click this link to visit the Lake Clark National Park & Preserve website.
Aniakchak National Park – Given its remote location and challenging weather conditions, Aniakchak is one of the most wild and least visited in places in the National Park System.
Becharof National Wildlife Refuge – The centerpiece of the Refuge is vast Becharof Lake, named for a Russian explorer.
Click this link to explore the Becharof National Wildlife Refuge website.
(note: due to present Federal Regulations we must spend the majority of our day in Becharof NWR with intention to be fishing while enjoying hiking, photography and wildlife viewing).
Alaska Peninsula – This complex stretches down the Alaska Peninsula in southwest Alaska and is home to volcanoes, wilderness, and a variety of Alaskan wildlife.
Click this link to explore the Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge website.
(note: due to present Federal Regulations we must spend the majority of our day in the Alaska Peninsula NWR with intention to be fishing while enjoying hiking, Photography and wildlife viewing).
Togiak National Wildlife Refuge. This refuge is home to the Pacific Walrus. Their scientific name means “tooth walker.” Males can weigh more than 3300 pounds.
Click this link to visit the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge website.
We have a few hikes set up to seek objectives such as to view birds, bears, caribou, walrus, seals and other various wildlife, waterfalls, rock formations or just plain beautiful scenery vistas. Of course there are all kinds of places to hike into and find great fishing.
The alpine tundra on most mountains in Becharof National Wildlife Refuge is relatively firm and brush free.
Becharof National Wildlife Refuge
Becharof National Wildlife Refuge is a land of contrasts. From its rugged coastline to the 4,835-foot summit of the Mt. Peulik volcano (the name is taken from an Alaska Native word meaning “smoking,” or “smoking mountain”), it includes everything from tundra to braided, glacier-fed rivers to saw-toothed mountain ranges. But few would argue the assertion that the biological heart of the refuge is the lake that bears its name. Becharof Lake is huge; 35 miles long, 15 miles wide and as much as 600 feet deep, and is fed by two major rivers and numerous streams. This, the second biggest lake in Alaska and the largest in the entire National Wildlife Refuge System, is a veritable salmon factory. – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (note: due to present Federal Regulations we must spend the majority of our day in Becharof NWR with intention to be fishing while enjoying hiking, photograpy and wildlife viewing).