The Jay S. Hammond Wilderness is part of the 110 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of lands provides clean air, water, and habitat critical for rare and endangered plants and animals. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. You play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness"
as called for by the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964
. Please follow the requirements outlined below and use Leave No Trace techniques
when visiting the Jay S. Hammond Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.
National Park areas are special conservation areas set aside for the use and enjoyment of the public in a fashion that will leave them unimpaired for future generations.
Think of these areas as "outdoor" museums... where you can wander through, interact with the exhibits and experience natural processes firsthand. Not unlike museums, national park areas do not allow activities that would mar or destroy the "collection": taking natural or cultural objects, cutting trees, befouling water, leaving trash or digging up vegetation.
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve has two "museums" adjacent to one another: the park and the preserve. They differ only in that the preserve allows for sport hunting and trapping; the park does not allow these activities.
Destroying vegetation: cutting down trees for structures or firewood and removing tundra for tent pads. Firewood must be dead or down.
Taking objects: removing antlers/horns, skulls, historical objects, artifacts, plants, rocks, etc...
Failing to deal with human waste properly: insufficient distance from water/campsite, not burying it.
Littering/trash: not packing it out, leaving it in campfire rings, improper food storage attracting bears.
Hunting violations: hunting in the park, failing to salvage the meat, taking undersized game.
Harassing or disturbing wildlife.
For more information about regulations, please contact park rangers in Port Alsworth (907-781-2218) or Anchorage (907-644-3626).
Please help us as land stewards to preserve and protect these resources for future generations.