America's Great Outdoors
From all of us at the Department of the Interior and NPS (including this grizzly bear), we want to thank you for the kind words about the National Park Service 98th birthday today. Here is a another photo celebrating the national parks and the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Wilderness act on September 3rd.This bear is in Lake Clark National Park, 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. Solitude is found around every bend in the river and shoulder of a mountain. Venture into the park to become part of the wilderness. Photo: Kevin Dietrich (www.sharetheexperience.org)

From all of us at the Department of the Interior and NPS (including this grizzly bear), we want to thank you for the kind words about the National Park Service 98th birthday today. Here is a another photo celebrating the national parks and the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Wilderness act on September 3rd.

This bear is in Lake Clark National Park, 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. Solitude is found around every bend in the river and shoulder of a mountain. Venture into the park to become part of the wilderness. 

Photo: Kevin Dietrich (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Happy first day of summer! Here’s a great photo from Lake Clark National Park!Photo: Tom Tessier

Happy first day of summer! Here’s a great photo from Lake Clark National Park!

Photo: Tom Tessier

Wild ice views of Telaquana Lake in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve from an overflight this past Monday. Photo: National Park Service

Wild ice views of Telaquana Lake in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve from an overflight this past Monday. 

Photo: National Park Service

A beautiful sunrise over Lake Clark National Park and Preserve yesterday morning.Photo: National Park Service

A beautiful sunrise over Lake Clark National Park and Preserve yesterday morning.

Photo: National Park Service

The Iliamna Volcano photographed from the northeast above Tuxedni Bay in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.Photo: National Park Service

The Iliamna Volcano photographed from the northeast above Tuxedni Bay in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.

Photo: National Park Service

The Lake Clark National Park and Preserve recently held a photo contest on their Facebook page. Congratulations to Kevin Kifer and his winning photograph above! You can see the full list of entries here.

The Lake Clark National Park and Preserve recently held a photo contest on their Facebook page. Congratulations to Kevin Kifer and his winning photograph above! You can see the full list of entries here.

Our friends at the Alaska Volcano Observatory take earth science to the extreme. In this photo Rick Wessels is acquiring thermal images of the dome on Lake Clark National Park's Redoubt Volcano with a state of the art (and fun to use!) tool known as the FLIR. 
Photo: Game McGimsey - AVO/USGS.

Our friends at the Alaska Volcano Observatory take earth science to the extreme. In this photo Rick Wessels is acquiring thermal images of the dome on Lake Clark National Park's Redoubt Volcano with a state of the art (and fun to use!) tool known as the FLIR. 

Photo: Game McGimsey - AVO/USGS.

Nothing like taking a boat out on Lake Clark in Alaska. Truly one of the most beautiful spots one will find anywhere in the world.Photo: National Park Service 

Nothing like taking a boat out on Lake Clark in Alaska. Truly one of the most beautiful spots one will find anywhere in the world.

Photo: National Park Service 

Your visit to Lake Clark National Park and Preserve might include a quiet moment watching coastal Alaskan brown bears graze on the protein rich sedges at Silver Salmon Creek or Chinitna Bay. It could include a visit to Dick Proenneke’s historic cabin on upper Twin Lake. Or maybe your visit will be a rigorous backpacking trip with friends over tundra slopes and past turquoise lakes.Whatever your adventure includes the first step in planning a trip to the park is to choose your experience. Whether you have a day or a week there are a variety of on-line services offered at the link above to help you plan your visit.Photo: National Park Service 

Your visit to Lake Clark National Park and Preserve might include a quiet moment watching coastal Alaskan brown bears graze on the protein rich sedges at Silver Salmon Creek or Chinitna Bay. It could include a visit to Dick Proenneke’s historic cabin on upper Twin Lake. Or maybe your visit will be a rigorous backpacking trip with friends over tundra slopes and past turquoise lakes.

Whatever your adventure includes the first step in planning a trip to the park is to choose your experience. Whether you have a day or a week there are a variety of on-line services offered at the link above to help you plan your visit.

Photo: National Park Service