News Releases

Last Update: December 15, 2014


Park Closing Dates


Chugach State Park Conditions - December 4

Denali State Park Conditions - December 14

Hatcher Pass Trail Conditions - December 4

Nancy Lake Park Conditions - December 12

Hatcher Pass Recreational Conflict Report

Chugach Trail Maps


First Day Hike at Eveline State Recreation Area

First Day Hikes

Eveline State Recreation Area

Trail: Eveline Trails
Difficulty: easy Trail Length in miles: 3
Start time: 12:00 pm
Meeting Location: Eveline State Recreation Area parking area
Details: There will be a seperate guided snowshoe hike and ski on the Eveline trails maintained by the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club. Bring skis or snowshoes.
The Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park will provide snacks and hot drinks.
Directions: Take East End Road for 13.8 miles past the McNeil Canyon School, take a left onto Meadow Drive and go .3 miles to the trailhead parking lot.
There is a suggested donation of $5.
Minimum age for children: no minimum age
Restrictions: please leave pets at home
Cancellation Information: 235-7042 State Park Office


First Day Hike at Quartz Lake State Recreation Area

Eveline State Recreation Area
Trail: Quartz Lake to Glatfelder Cabin
Difficulty: easy Trail Length in miles: 13
Start time: 12:00 pm
Meeting Location: Quartz Lake Cabin
Details: Participants will meet at the public use cabin in the parking lot at Quartz Lake at noon. From there, the group will hike, ski, or snowshoe a half-mile to the historic Glatfelter Cabin where hot drinks and great company await. Also, enjoy groomed ski trails winding around the Quartz Lake area! The family event runs from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Bring snacks to share.
Minimum age for children: any age
Restrictions: none


Nancy Lake Parkway closed to street vehicles for winter season

(Willow, AK) – The gate at Mile 2.2 of the Nancy Lake Parkway, located in the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area, is now closed to street-registered vehicles due to winter conditions. The parkway beyond the gate leading to the South Rolly campground is not maintained in the winter but is used as a multi-use trail for skiing, dog-mushing, foot traffic and snowmachines. For now, the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area remains closed to snowmachines due to inadequate snow cover to protect the underlying vegetation. Once there is adequate snow cover, Alaska State Parks will open the area to snowmachines.

For more information, please call the Alaska State Parks Mat-Su Area Office at 907-745-3975.

CONTACT: Teri Zell, 907-745-8931,


Grants available for commemorating 150th anniversary of Alaska Purchase

(Anchorage, AK) - The Alaska Historical Commission has $125,000 available for matching grants to plan and prepare for the 150th anniversary of the Alaska Purchase in 2017. The grants are for projects that will contribute to understanding the history and significance of the event. Projects are encouraged for historic research and publication projects, restoration of significant historic properties, and heritage tourism development and information services. A grant request may not exceed $15,000 and must be matched 50/50 with cash or in-kind services. Projects are to be done between April 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016. Applications must be postmarked, e-mailed, or delivered by 4:30 p.m., Monday, February 23, 2015.

Additional information and the application are available at,
by calling 907-269-8714, sending an e-mail to or sending a written request to the Alaska Historical Commission, 550 West 7th Ave., Suite 1310, Anchorage, AK 99501-3565.

CONTACT: Joan (Jo) Antonson, 907-269-8714 or


Bids sought for operation of restaurant at Big Delta State Historical Park

(Fairbanks, AK) – The Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation is soliciting Requests for Proposals from qualified bidders to operate a restaurant at Big Delta State Historical Park under a concession contract. The park is located eight miles north of Delta Junction at Milepost 274.5 of the Richardson Highway.

A pre-proposal conference will be held at Big Delta State Historical Park on Monday, Nov. 24. Interested businesses and individuals are encouraged to attend the conference which will include a tour of the park’s facilities and opportunities to ask questions.

The division’s Request for Proposals (RFP) is posted on the state’s online public notice system at Proposals must be received no later than 4 p.m. on Dec. 19. Prospective bidders must register with Alaska Department of Natural Resources procurement officer Marlys Hagen to receive subsequent amendments to the RFP. Her contact information is included in the RFP.

CONTACT: Brooks Ludwig, 451-2698,


Ketchikan State Parks Advisory Board recruiting new members

(Ketchikan, AK) – Applications are currently being accepted for two vacancies on the nine-member Ketchikan State Parks Citizen Advisory Board, for the term beginning Jan. 1.

The board advises the Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation on matters affecting state parks in the Ketchikan area, promotes protection of the area state parks’ natural and cultural resources, and facilitates communication between the public and park managers. Board meetings are held monthly, September through May. Members are expected to occasionally serve on board-appointed committees in addition to attending the monthly meetings, and they serve staggered three-year terms so that seats open each year.

To apply for a position on the board, go to to download the application form. Applications are due Nov. 30 and should be sent to Ketchikan District Park Ranger Mary Kowalczyk at or mailed to her at Alaska State Parks, 9883 N. Tongass Highway, Ketchikan, Alaska 99901.

The board is selected to represent the broad spectrum of public interests involved with or affected by the area parks. The nomination process is designed to ensure that no single viewpoint dominates the board. The bylaws call upon each board member to represent the broad public interest rather than advocate on behalf of one specific group.

State parks in the Ketchikan area include Settlers Cove State Recreation Site, Totem Bight State Historical Site, Refuge Cove State Recreation Site, Grindall Island State Marine Park & public use cabin, Black Sands Beach/Blank Islands, Grant Island/Joe Island, and Betton Island State Marine Parks. Park advisory boards help park managers understand community priorities for these popular destination parks.

CONTACT: Mary Kowalczyk, Ketchikan District Park Ranger, 907-247-8574,


Recreational Trails Program funds 47 new trail projects statewide in 2014

(Anchorage, AK) –The Recreational Trails Program has awarded funding for 47 new trail projects in Alaska in the past year, with many projects underway or already completed. The projects encompass nearly every region of the state and range from trail repair projects to new construction.

For a full list of projects, go to WEBSITE.

CONTACT: Darcy Harris, 907-269-8699,


DNR Newsroom:
DNR on Social Media:
DNR Public Information Center:
(Nov 2014)


Volunteers sought for Kodiak State Park Advisory Board

Alaska State Parks is looking for people interested in joining the Kodiak State Park Advisory Board.

If you enjoy any of these local parks:

  • Ft Abercrombie State Historical Park
  • Buskin River State Recreation Site
  • Pasagshak River State Recreation Site
  • Shuyak Island State Park
  • Afognak Island State Park
  • Woody Island State Park

You can volunteer for as little as one hour a month to be a part of the local team to help guide the future of the area parks, facilities and activities.

For more information call 486- 6339 or join us at the next meeting on:

November 10, 2014 at 7PM in the Ft. Abercrombie State Historical Park District office.

Everyone is welcome to attend.


Southcentral state park advisory boards seeking new members

(Soldotna, AK) – Applications are currently being accepted for four state park advisory boards in Southcentral Alaska. Seats are currently open on the Southern Kenai Peninsula, Kachemak Bay, Seward, and Valdez state park advisory boards.

State park advisory boards are the primary tool that state park officials use to involve the public in the management of state parks. The boards generally meet monthly from September through May.

“Public involvement in state park management is important and the state park advisory boards help park managers respond to community needs,” said Jack Blackwell, superintendent for the Kenai Peninsula and Prince William Sound state parks. “Park advisory boards improve communication with Alaskans and give the public an opportunity to bring forward concerns and issues. The boards help us understand community priorities and enable us to work together on these issues.”

An application form for any of these advisory boards may be obtained at: Applicants will be considered for three year terms beginning in January. Completed applications are due Nov. 14 and may be mailed to P.O. Box 1247, Soldotna, AK, 99669 ATTN: Jack Blackwell or scanned and emailed to

CONTACT: Jack Blackwell, Kenai/PWS Area Superintendent, 907-262-5581,


DNR Newsroom:
DNR on Social Media:
DNR Public Information Center:


Recruits sought for Chugach State Park Citizens Advisory Board

(Anchorage, AK) - The Chugach State Park Citizens Advisory Board is seeking applications to fill five upcoming vacancies on the 15-member board.

The role of the advisory board is to advise the Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation on matters involving Chugach State Park, to promote protection of the park’s natural and cultural resources, and to facilitate communication between the public and the park managers. The board meets on a monthly basis and each member is expected to serve on two committees. Board members serve for three years and terms are staggered so that seats open each year.

The deadline to submit an application is Nov. 7 and applicants will be considered for the term beginning in January. An application form may be obtained at Completed applications may be mailed to 18620 Seward Highway, Anchorage, AK 99516 or scanned and emailed to

Board members represent a broad spectrum of public interests involved with or affected by Chugach State Park. The nomination process is designed to ensure that no single viewpoint dominates the board. In addition, the board’s bylaws call upon each member to represent the broad public interest, consistent with park purposes, rather than advocate on behalf of one specific group.

The time commitment for board members is roughly eight hours per month. Board meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of the month. Committee meetings are scheduled by the committee chairs and vary in frequency depending on project needs and deadlines. Current committees include: Access, Budget, Nominations, Trails, Planning, Seward Highway Design, Outreach and Wildlife.

CONTACT: Tom Harrison, Chugach/Southwest Area Superintendent, 907-345-5014 (Oct 2014)


SnowTRAC grants approved for trail grooming and safety

(Anchorage, AK) –The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation has approved funding for snowmobile trail grooming and a renewed opportunity for a rural transportation safety project after receiving input from the Snowmobile Trails Advisory Council (SnowTRAC), the statewide citizen advisory board that reviews Snowmobile Trail Grant Program applications.

A total of $218,858 will be allocated to 17 organizations for winter trail grooming in the Fairbanks, Mat-Su Kenai Peninsula and Juneau areas. In addition, the $15,000 set aside for a rural transportation safety project was not awarded this year and will be retained for that purpose and offered again during nextyear’s Snowmobile Trails Grant cycle starting April 1.

The Snowmobile Trail Grant Program offers competitive and reimbursable matching grants for developing and maintaining public snowmobile trails and related facilities and for safety, education, and trail signing projects. The Snowmobile Trail Grant Program’s Grooming Pool provides funding for trail grooming, signing, and maintenance. The program is funded with money generated through snowmobile registration.

CONTACT: Darcy Harris, Trails Program Coordinator, 907-269-8699, (Oct 2014)


Roads close for winter in Hatcher Pass East Management Areas

(Palmer, AK) – The Archangel Road at Mile 14.4 of the Hatcher Pass Road and the road that goes over the pass at Mile 17.5 are closed as of today, Tuesday, Oct. 7, according to Alaska State Parks. These are annual closures that take place when the roads become unsafe to travel due to accumulation of snow.

CONTACT: Teri Zell, 907-745-8931, (Oct 2014)


Trails Grant Program Increases Limit for Motorized Projects

(Anchorage, AK) –The Alaska Trails Program announces that the limit for Recreational Trails Program motorized trail projects has been raised to $100,000 from $50,000. Increasing the motorized trail project grant amount will help the program attain the required expenditure ratio of 30% motorized, 30% non-motorized and 40% diversified, and allow for more work to be done or trail equipment to be purchased for a motorized trail project. The limit for non-motorized and diversified trail projects will remain at $50,000.

New application documents and instructions will be on the website August 15 for the new grant cycle. The grant application deadline is November 15. For more information please visit the State Trails Program website or call the program manager at 269-8699.

CONTACT: Darcy Harris, 907-269-8699, (August 2014)


Alaska Boating Safely Handbook available

Anchorage, Alaska - The new addition of the Alaska Boater's Handbook is available online through the Alaska Office of Boating Safety Office or at the Department of Natural Resources Public Information centers in Anchorage and Fairbanks.

In a state where capsizing and falls overboard into cold water continues to account for the majority of boating deaths, the handbook provides practical and relevant information for Alaska's boaters on legal requirements, safe practices and how to prepare for, avoid, and survive a cold water immersion event. In addition to the two Public Information centers, copies of the handbook are available online at or by contacting the Alaska Office of Boating Safety at (907) 269-8706.

The Alaska Office of Boating Safety reminds boaters that by practicing the following safety points they can help ensure everyone has a safe and memorable adventure on the water.

  •  Wearing a life jacket is KEY to surviving a cold water immersion event. ALWAYS wear a life jacket when in an

      open boat or on an open deck

  •  Carrying both communication and signaling devices on your person

  •  Completing a thorough pre-departure check before each trip

  •  Taking boating courses

  •  Avoiding alcohol when boating

Alaska State Parks begins planning for lower Kasilof River boat retrieval project

(Kasilof, AK) - The Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation (DPOR), has received project money to develop a public drift boat takeout on the lower Kasilof River to address increasing demand for such a facility on the popular drift-only fishing portion of the river. Currently, most boaters access the Kasilof at the Alaska State Parks public boat launch at mile 109.4 of the Sterling Highway; however, there is no publicly-owned exit point for boaters on the lower portion of the river.

In the first phase of this project, DPOR is distributing a short questionnaire to gain public input on where a retrieval site should be located, what criteria should be used to evaluate potential locations, and what type of facilities should be constructed. The questionnaire and additional project information is available at: