ADA Facilities in Alaska State Parks

This listing is alphabetized by facility type, such as trails, cabins or campgrounds. The Alaska State Parks Statewide Brochure has facilities listed by town with a notation marking facilities with accessible features. Click here for the statewide brochure.

If a park or cabin is underlined, click on the name for more information on that park or cabin. Click on the town name for park location and other facilities, as shown in the statewide brochure pages.

For more detailed information, visit the State's ADA Coordinator's Office ADA Parks Accessibility Survey 2002.

Disclaimer: Accessibility standards change over time as guidelines are being developed. When a facility is built or remodeled, it meets guidelines current at the time of construction. Although access issues are addressed, some persons with particular disabilities may have difficulty with, for example, the signing, window latches or stoves. It is recommended that the disabled park visitor bring along a fully able companion on his or her first visit to a park facility in case of difficulties or problems. Solo trips can be taken later, knowing the facility and terrain. If anyone using facilities listed here encounters difficulties not mentioned, please contact local park staff or email: dnr.pksweb@alaska.gov Suggestions and comments are welcomed.


Boat Launches   Historic Sites
Cabins   Picnic Shelters
Campgrounds   Restrooms
Day Use Areas and Picnic Sites   Trail heads and Trails
Drinking Water   Viewpoints
Fishing Access   Visitor Centers


   Boat Launches

* Kenai River Special Management Area - Cooper Landing Boat Launch, near Sterling
      A 250 foot boardwalk connects parking, toilets and the boat ramp. The boardwalk has a maximum gradient of 5%. There are also viewing areas and interpretive displays. Pressurized water is available.

* Kenai River Special Management Area - The Pillars Boat Launch, near Kenai
      Accessible dock with a less than 5% gradient to it. Dock is only for boat exit/entry - no fishing allowed from dock. There is paved parking with easy access to viewing deck with interpretive displays. Pressurized water is available.



   Cabins

* Chena River State Recreation Area - Chena River Cabin, near Fairbanks with road access
      There is a ramp up to the porch and a ramp from the cabin to the latrine. North Fork Cabin, in the same park, also has road access, but is not fully accessible.

* Chena River State Recreation Area - Twin Bears Camp, near Fairbanks with road access
      This facility has 12 rustic cabins, mess hall and recreation hall. It can be rented by an individuals or group. Ramps exist between three cabins, mess hall, recreation hall and main latrine.

* Chugach State Park State Park - Yuditnu Cabin, near Anchorage
      The cabin is accessible, but the latrine is not. Therefore, help may be needed when using the latrine. The trail to access the cabin is an old road. Motorized access is allowed, by snowmachines in the winter (all week) and ATVs in the summer (Sunday thru Wednesday only). Bicycles are also allowed (all week).

* Kachemak Bay State Park - Halibut Cove Lagoon East Cabin, remote park near Homer
       Cabin and latrine are along a boardwalk with a maximum gradient of 5%. Assistance may be needed on the ramp from the dock to the cabin boardwalk system. At low tide, the ramp is very steep.

* Shoup Bay State Marine Park - Kittiwake Cabin, remote park near Valdez
      Recommend inner lagoon drop off. Assistance may be needed from boat to hard-pack gravel trail. Click on park name above for more information.

* Thumb Cove State Marine Park - Spruce Glacier Cabin, remote park near Seward
      Assistance may be needed from the beach to boardwalk system. Boardwalk extends from fire ring on beach to the cabin and latrine.



   Campgrounds

* Anchor River State Recreation Area - Halibut Day Use, near Homer
* Anchor River State Recreation Area - Slidehole Day Use, near Homer
* Birch Lake State Recreation Site, near Fairbanks
* Chena River State Recreation Site, in Fairbanks
* Chugach State Park - Bird Creek Campground Overflow, near Anchorage
* Chugach State Park - Eagle River Campground, near Anchorage
* Crooked Creek State Recreation Site, near Soldotna
* Deep Creek State Recreation Area - Deep Creek North Campground, near Homer
* Denali State Park - Denali Viewpoint North Campground, near Trapper Creek
* Kenai River Special Management Area - Bings Landing Campground, near Sterling
* Kenai River Special Management Area - Izaak Walton Campground, near Sterling
* Kenai River Special Management Area - Morgans Landing Campground, near Sterling
* Lower Chatanika River State Recreation Area, near Fairbanks
* Ninilchik State Recreation Area - Ninilchik Overlook, near Homer


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   Day Use Areas and Picnic Sites

* Anchor River State Recreation Area - Halibut Day Use, near Homer
* Anchor River State Recreation Area - Slidehole Day Use, near Homer
      Pressurized water is available.
* Big Delta State Historical Park, near Delta Junction
      Pressurized water is available.
* Big Lake North State Recreation Site, near Wasilla
* Chena River State Recreation Area - Red Squirrel Campground, near Fairbanks
* Chena River State Recreation Area - Tors Trail Campground, near Fairbanks
* Chena River State Recreation Site, in Fairbanks
* Chugach State Park - Eklutna Lake Campground, near Anchorage
* Chugach State Park - McHugh Creek Day Use, near Anchorage Paved.
* Crooked Creek State Recreation Site, near Soldotna
* Deep Creek State Recreation Area - Deep Creek South Day Use, near Homer
* Delta State Recreation Site, near Delta Junction
      Pressurized water is available.
* Harding Lake State Recreation Area, near Fairbanks
* Kenai River Special Management Area - Bings Landing Day Use, near Sterling
* Matanuska Lakes State Recreation Area (formerly Kepler-Bradley Lake State Recreation Area) - Matanuska Lake, near Palmer
* Lower Chatanika River State Recreation Area, near Fairbanks
* Ninilchik State Recreation Area - Ninilchik Overlook, near Homer
* Ninilchik State Recreation Area - Ninilchik River, near Homer

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   Drinking Water

Most drinking water facilities in state parks are hand pumps with cement pads for access. These are shown in the statewide brochure pages mentioned at the top of the page. A small number of facilities have pressurized water and are listed here. If the facility is listed elsewhere on this page, pressurized water is mentioned there as well.
* Anchor River State Recreation Area - Slidehole Campground and Day Use, near Homer
* Big Delta State Historical Park, near Delta Junction
* Chena River State Recreation Site, in Fairbanks
* Chugach State Park - Eagle River Campground, near Anchorage
* Delta State Recreation Site, near Delta Junction
* Denali State Park - Alaska Veteran's Memorial, near Trapper Creek
* Kenai River Special Management Area - Cooper Landing Boat Launch, near Sterling
* Kenai River Special Management Area - The Pillars Boat Launch, near Kenai

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   Fishing Access

* Buskin River State Recreation Site, near Kodiak
      Accessible fishing platform at river's edge. Parking and trail to platform is paved.
* Chugach State Park - Bird Creek, near Anchorage
      Fishing is from a pier over the river. Best to use at high tide. At low tide, the water is beyond the pier. Paved access to the pier.
* Crooked Creek State Recreation Site, near Soldotna
      May need assistance getting to and from the river due to a steep grade.
* Deep Creek State Recreation Area - Deep Creek North Campground, near Homer
      Trail is gravel path to river, may need assistance. Parking and viewing area with interpretive displays is paved.
* Matanuska Lakes State Recreation Area (formerly Kepler-Bradley Lake State Recreation Area) - Matanuska Lake, near Palmer
      Trail to accessible fishing dock is a 500 foot gravel path with a 8.3% maximum gradient and handrails.
* Kenai River Special Management Area - Bings Landing Campground, near Sterling
      Accessible boardwalk along river.
* Quartz Lake State Recreation Area, near Delta Junction
      At Quartz Lake Campground, gravel trail with less then 5% grade to accessible fishing dock. At Lost Lake Campground, gravel trail with less then 5% grade to accessible boat/fishing dock.

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   Historic Sites

* Baranof Castle State Historic Site, near Sitka
      An accessible, 700 foot, concrete sidewalk with handrails leads from the street level to interpretive displays and viewpoint at the top of Castle Hill. The maximum gradient is 8.3% and the elevation gain is 40 feet.
* Big Delta State Historical Park, near Delta Junction
      The visitor center, called Rika's Roadhouse, has accessible ramp. Trails are hard-pack gravel with interpretive sites. Pressurized water is available.
* Denali State Park - Alaska Veteran's Memorial, near Trapper Creek
      Parking, trails, picnic sites, interpretive shelter and the memorial are paved with a less than 5 % slope. Pressurized water is available.
* Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park, near Kodiak
      Kodiak Military History Museum are accessible.
* Independence Mine State Historical Park, near Palmer
      Visitor Center is accessible by ramp. Parking, nearby trails and interpretive site with spotting scopes are paved.
* Old Sitka State Historic Park, near Sitka
      Trails are hard-pack gravel, with sections of boardwalk. Approximately 100 feet of trail has a 14% gradient. The rest of the trail has a gradient of 12% or less. Parking is paved.
* Petroglyph Beach State Historic Site, in Wrangell
      An accessible boardwalk leads to a viewing deck and interpretive displays overlooking Petroglyph Beach. The boardwalk has a maximum gradient of 8.3% and is approximately 220 feet.
* Potter Section House State Historical Site, near Anchorage
      Trails around the house are paved. Nearby viewing deck and boardwalk has a 8% maximum gradient. The house itself is park office space and not open to the public.
* Totem Bight State Historical Park, near Ketchikan
      The trails are hard-pack gravel - may need assistance on steep portions. Buildings are accessible.
* Wickersham State Historic Site, in Juneau
      The Wickersham House Museum is accessible.

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   Picnic Shelters

* Anchor River State Recreation Area - Slidehole Campground, near Homer
      Pressurized water.
* Big Lake North State Recreation Site, near Wasilla
      Paved parking, gravel path.
* Captain Cook State Recreation Area - Stormy Lake Day Use, near Kenai
* Chena River State Recreation Area - Red Squirrel Campground, near Fairbanks
      Paved parking, gravel path.
* Chena River State Recreation Site, in Fairbanks
* Chugach State Park - Eklutna Lake Campground, near Anchorage
* Clam Gulch State Recreation Area, near Soldotna
* Delta State Recreation Site, near Delta Junction
      Pressurized water is available.
* Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park, near Kodiak
* Harding Lake State Recreation Area, near Fairbanks
* Johnson Lake State Recreation Area, near Soldotna
* Kenai River Special Management Area - Bings Landing Campground, near Sterling
* Lake Louise State Recreation Area, near Glennallen
* Lower Chatanika River State Recreation Area, near Fairbanks
* Ninilchik State Recreation Area - Ninilchik River Campground, near Homer
* Quartz Lake State Recreation Area - Quartz Lake Campground, near Delta Junction
* Settlers Cove State Recreation Site, near Ketchikan
* Tok River State Recreation Site, near Tok

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   Restrooms

Most restrooms facilities in state parks are pit latrines. Those that are accessible are shown in the statewide brochure pages mentioned at the top of the page. A small number of facilities have flush toilets and are listed here. If the facility is listed elsewhere on this page, flush toilets are mentioned there as well.
* Chena River State Recreation Site, in Fairbanks
* Chugach State Park - Eagle River Campground, near Anchorage
      Flush toilets in overflow area only.

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   Trailheads and Trails

* Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, near Haines
      1.75 mile trail of pavement and boardwalk for viewing eagles along the Chilkat River.
* Chugach State Park - Bird Creek to Indian Bike Trail, near Anchorage
      A paved trail starts at Indian Creek at mile 103.0 of the Seward Highway and goes east along Turnagain Arm to Bird Creek Campground and beyond to mile 99.2 of the Seward Highway. Grade exceeds 5% in the Bird Creek area. The trail is eight feet wide with no shoulder.
* Chugach State Park - Bird Point to Girdwood Bike Path, near Anchorage
      The trail is the Old Seward Highway between Bird Point and Girdwood, and is now a paved, multi use path for pedestrians, bicycles and other non-motorized use. It starts at Mile 96.1 of the Seward Highway (Bird Point) and ends at mile 90.1, near the Girdwood turnoff, with a total length of six miles. The typical width is 10 feet with wide unpaved shoulders for runners. Twice, the path exceeds a 5% gradient with a maximum of 7%: for 800 feet at 0.2 miles east of Bird Point, and for 500 feet at 3 miles, halfway between Bird Point and Girdwood. Where the gradient exceeds 5%, the paved width is 12 feet. Restrooms and picnic shelters are at approximately one mile east of Bird Point, and two miles west of Girdwood.
* Chugach State Park - Bird Ridge Trailhead, near Anchorage
      Lower section of trail is paved, a distance of approximately 0.3 miles. Viewing areas at either end of pavement, with accessible restrooms at the upper end. Average gradient is 4.7% with the entire trail less than 8%. There is no cross slope and the trail width is 4.74 feet/1.4 meters. Elevation gain is 66 feet. Parking is paved. Upper section of trail is steep and unimproved. This trail has a trail guide with Universal Access Information. Request one from the DNR Public Information Center.
* Chugach State Park - Eagle River Nature Center, near Anchorage
      The center itself is accessible. Surrounding area and trails are hard-pack gravel. Beginning section of trail has a long, 8% maximum gradient. Parking is paved
* Chugach State Park - Eklutna Lake, near Anchorage
      The Lakeside Trail is an old, gravel road bed, with some large ruts and rocks. Sections have been rebuilt due to damage from the lake and have a steep gradient. ATVs (Sunday thru Wednesday only) and bicycles (all week) use the trail.
* Chugach State Park - Potter Creek Interpretive Trail, near Anchorage
      Paved parking, with interpretive panels and spotting scope. The first 220 feet of this 0.46 mile trail is paved, with accessible restrooms at the end. The 5.3% is the maximum gradient for this section. The trail continues from there as hard-pack gravel and has a greater than 8% gradient, with 17% maximum gradient. There is no cross slope and the trail width is 5 feet/1.5 meters. Elevation gain is 240 feet. Trail connects to the unimproved Turnagain Arm Trail. This trail has a trail guide with Universal Access Information. Request one from the DNR Public Information Center.
* Denali State Park - Alaska Veteran's Memorial, near Trapper Creek
      Trails are paved throughout the Memorial.
* Denali State Park - Denali View North, near Trapper Creek
      Approximately 1200 feet of paved trail with interpretive panels.
* Independence Mine State Historical Park, near Palmer
      Visitor Center is accessible by ramp. Trails to the center core of the mine compound are paved with less than 5% gradient. Trail to the mine portal is paved with a 15% gradient. Other trails are hard-pack gravel.
* Matanuska Lakes State Recreation Area (formerly Kepler-Bradley Lake State Recreation Area) - Matanuska Lake, near Palmer
      Trails are hard-pack gravel.
* Lake Louise State Recreation Area, near Glennallen
      Trail is hard-pack gravel.
* Old Sitka State Historic Park, near Sitka
      Trails are hard-pack gravel, with sections of boardwalk. Approximately 100 feet of trail has a 14% gradient. The rest of the trail has a gradient of 12% or less. Parking is paved.
* Settlers Cove State Recreation Site, near Ketchikan
      A short portion of the trail is accessible for approximately 200 yards to the Lunch Creek Bridge.
* Totem Bight State Historical Park, near Ketchikan
      The trails are hard-pack gravel - may need assistance on steep portions. Buildings are accessible.
* Willow Creek State Recreation Area - Willow Creek Campground, near Wasilla
      Trail is hard-pack gravel down to the river.

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   Viewpoints

* Chugach State Park - Beluga Point, near Anchorage
      At Mile 110.5 of the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm. Paved parking, spotting scopes, interpretive panels.
* Chugach State Park - Bird Point, near Anchorage
      At Mile 95 of the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm. Paved parking, spotting scopes, interpretive panels, accessible restrooms.
* Chugach State Park - Glen Alps, near Anchorage
      On the Hillside, off Upper Huffman. Paved and hard-packed gravel trails leads to viewpoint on hill that overlooks Anchorage, Cook Inlet
      and the Alaska Range. Accessible restrooms.

* Denali State Park - Denali View North, near Trapper Creek
      At Mile 162.7 of the Parks Highway. Paved parking and approximately 1200 feet of paved trail with interpretive panels. Accessible restrooms
* Denali State Park - Denali View South, near Trapper Creek
      At Mile 135.2 of the Parks Highway. Paved parking, interpretive panels, accessible restrooms.


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   Visitor Centers

* Big Delta State Historical Park, near Delta Junction
      The visitor center, called Rika's Roadhouse, has a ramp. Trails are hard-pack gravel with interpretive sites. Pressurized water is available.
* Chugach State Park - Eagle River Nature Center, near Anchorage
      The center is accessible. Parking is paved. Surrounding grounds and trails are hard-pack gravel. Beginning section of trail has 8% maximum gradient.
* Independence Mine State Historical Park, near Palmer
      Visitor Center has a ramp. Trails to the center core of the mine compound are paved with less than 5% gradient. Trail to the mine portal is paved with
      a 15% gradient. Other trails are hard-pack gravel.


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