The Ultimate Lake Clark National Park Quiz

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The Ultimate Lake Clark National Park Quiz
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About This Quiz

In the wilds of Lake Clark National Park, you can enjoy peace and quiet in a pristine unspoiled wilderness. Incredible fishing, beautiful waterways, crystal-clear lakes and soaring mountain vistas all await those seeking to get in touch with nature and their inner self. If you simply want to get away from it all and relax, then this is the place for you. Take this quiz and you'll soon be packing your bags.
In what state is Lake Clark National Park located?
Alaska
Lake Clark National Park is located in Alaska, 150 miles (241 kilometers) southwest of Anchorage. The massive park offers blissful solitude in a wilderness surrounding.
Colorado
Virginia

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How do you travel to the park?
boat
air taxi
There are no roads leading to the park and you can get there only by airplane. Float planes land on the lakes throughout the area and regular planes land on open beaches, gravel bars, or private airstrips in the park.
automobile

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Where is the visitor center for the park located?
at Wilderness Airport just outside the park
Nondalton
Port Alsworth
The visitor center is located within the park in a place called Port Alsworth. Port Alsworth has a population of 113 people and two airports.

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What is the size of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve?
4,030,025 acres
The park and preserve consist of a total of 4,030,025 acres (1,631,00 hectares). The national park contains 2,637,000 acres and the preserve has 1,400,00 acres.
2,309,175 acres
1,658,705 acres

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Once inside the park, what is the easiest way to travel?
boat or airplane
The park has no roads and only one developed trail exists in the park. The best way to traverse the park is by boat or plane to reach different areas.
hiking trails
ATV paths

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How long does it take to fly into the park?
about two and a quarter to two and a half hours
about 45 minutes to an hour
between one and two hours
It will take between one to two hours to fly in from Anchorage, Kenai or Homer. Flights will provide you close access to most points within the park and preserve.

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How many visitors does the park have park in an average year?
about 9,500
about 5,500
The park has about 5,500 visitors each year.
about 2,500

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What accommodation is available in the park?
private lodgings
backcountry camping
both of the above
Backcountry camping is available through the park. Lodging in the park itself varies from bed-and breakfasts for a few guests to sports lodges, that can handle up to 16 guests and some are open year-round.

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Besides its remoteness, what is a prime attraction of the national park?
glaciers
volcanoes
The park is famous for its two active volcanoes, named Iliamna and Redoubt. On clear days one may see smoke billowing in puffs from one or both volcanoes from where you board a plane in Anchorage.
giant ice caves

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How high are the active volcanoes in Lake Clark National Park?
more than 10,000 feet
The volcanoes are more than 10,000 feet (3,048 meters) in height and they are only about 35 miles apart.
just over 6,000 feet
about 3,800 feet

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How long ago did people first visit the area that is now Lake Clark National Park?
15,000 years ago
10,000 years ago
The glaciers formed in the last ice age retreated from Lake Clark National Park about 14,000 years ago. Archeological evidence shows that people first entered the area of the park approximately 10,000 years ago.
5,000 years ago

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What is one sight you will see as you fly through Historic Lake Clark Pass?
glaciers and waterfalls
blazing red and orange fireweed
both of the above
You will see rugged mountains, gleaming blue glaciers flowing down to the valleys, winding rivers, waterfalls cascading hundreds of feet, and the flanks of mountains covered with blazing red and orange fireweed.

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What is the size of Lake Clark for which the park is named?
40 by 5 miles
Lake Clark is 40 miles long and five miles wide with a crystal-clear blue color. On its southeastern shore is the tiny community of Port Alsworth that is the site of the park's field headquarters.
32 by 6 miles
28 by 12 miles

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What is the name of a river located in the park that is famous for runs of pink salmon?
Mulchatna River
Newhalen River
The Newhalen River connects the southwestern end of Lake Clark to Iliamna Lake The river is an excellent place to watch the annual migration of salmon heading upriver to spawn.
Chilikadrotna River

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Approximately how many salmon fight their way up the Newhalen River to get to their spawning grounds?
about 9 million
In peak years, migrating salmon color the Newhalen river red. As many as nine million salmon fight their way upstream to Lake Clark and its shallow tributaries where they were spawned.
about 12 million
about 15 million

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How many rivers in the park have been officially designated as "wild and scenic" by the National Park Service?
five
three
The park has three rivers officially designated "wild and scenic" by the National Park Service. They are the Mulchatna, Tlikakila, and Chilikadrotna rivers. The park's rivers and lakes offer some of the finest fishing in the world, as they are abundant with trout, northern pike, and five kinds of salmon.
two

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What is special about Turquoise Lake and Telequana Lake?
covered with ice year around
wilderness preserve for caribou
Turquoise Lake and Telequana Lake are in a wilderness preserve for herds of wandering caribou. You will also find tundra here that is similar to Alaska's North Slope.
only landlocked lakes that contain salmon

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How deep in Lake Clark?
583 feet
852 feet
1056 feet
Lake Clark is 1,056 feet deep for most of its 128 square miles. Geologists believe that thousands of years ago the lake may have been open to the ocean before it was closed off by outwash deposits as glaciers melted.

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What is the name of Alaska’s state tree?
Sitka Spruce
Alaska’s state tree is the Sitka Spruce, which is a large evergreen coniferous tree. The trees average height is 165 to 230 feet tall and up to 16 feet in trunk diameter.
Paper Birch
Northern White Pine

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What is the name of the man referred to as Alaska’s Henry David Thoreau?
Frederic Edwin Church
Benton MacKaye
Dick Pronneke
Dick Proenneke built a cabin by himself without any help on Twin Lakes in Lake Clark National Park. He used only hand tools on the cabin that he started in 1967 when he was 51 years old.

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