West Glacier Creek, Chinitna Bay

West Glacier Creek, Chinitna Bay

by | Feb 13, 2019

West Glacier Creek flows from the Chigmit Mountains southeast for about 6 miles (10 km) to the north shore of Chinitna Bay, Alaska. A tributary of the river starts from the terminus of the Umbrella Glacier on the south flank of Iliamna Volcano. Chinitna Bay is about 14 miles (22 km) long on the western shore of Cook Inlet, north of the Tilted Hills on the lniskin Peninsula.

The north shore of Chinitna Bay lies within the boundary of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. The park was first proclaimed a national monument in 1978, then established as a national park and preserve in 1980 by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. The name is from the largest lake in the southwest corner of the park. The park and preserve extend from Cook Inlet west across the Chigmit and Neacola Mountains on the northern end of the Aleutian Range, and into the Bristol Bay watershed.

Large populations of brown bears are attracted to feed on the sedge meadows and spawning salmon along the coast. Bear watching is a popular activity in the park. There is no road access and visitors can only reach the park by boat or small aircraft, typically from Anchorage, or Homer on the Kenai Peninsula. Read more here and here. Explore more of Chinitna Bay here:

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