News Releases

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Park Closing Dates


Chugach State Park - February 4

Chena River State Recreation Area - February 4

Denali State Park - February 1

Hatcher Pass East Mgmt. Area & Summit Lake SRS -
February 5

Kachemak Bay State Park - August 28

Nancy Lake State Recreation Area - February 4

Hatcher Pass Recreational Conflict Report

Chugach Trail Maps


New fees go into effect for Kodiak area state parks starting March 1

February 4, 2016 (Kodiak, AK) - Effective March 1, Alaska State Parks will implement a $5 per vehicle day-use fee at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park and Buskin River State Recreation Site. Starting May 1, the day-use fee will be instituted at Pasagshak River State Recreation Site along with an overnight camping fee of $15 per night for up to eight people per site. The $5 fee can be paid at one of the self-serve payment stations.

The day-use parking fee program for Alaska state parks began in 1994 and has been implemented at most road-accessible access points and trailheads, but until now, day-use fees have not been charged at the Kodiak area state parks. In lieu of paying the $5 per vehicle per day fee, visitors may purchase a $50 annual decal with an option to purchase a second decal for $25 for an additional vehicle registered at the same residence. These decals may be used at any state park unit in Alaska. Decals can be purchased at the state park office at Fort Abercrombie, the Anchorage and Fairbanks DNR Public Information Centers (via mail or e-mail), or online at

Alaska State Parks has scheduled a public meeting for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Kodiak state park district office at Fort Abercrombie to provide information about the new fees and answer questions. Annual decals will be available for purchase after the meeting.

Summary of new fees:
March 1, 2016 – Fort Abercrombie and Buskin River park units - $5 per vehicle day-use fee, or annual decal
May 1, 2016 – Pasagshak River - $5 per vehicle day-use or annual decal; $15 per site overnight camping fee

Kodiak District Ranger Preston Kroes, 907-486-6339,


Ketchikan State Parks Citizen Advisory Board recruiting new members

January 27, 2016 (Ketchikan, AK) - Applications are currently being accepted for three vacancies on the nine-member Ketchikan State Parks Citizen Advisory Board for the term beginning in mid-February.

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 Feb. 8 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.

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


Alaska Historical Commission to meet Feb. 23 in Anchorage

January 25, 2016 (Soldotna, AK) - The Alaska Historical Commission will meet in Anchorage and via teleconference on Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The meeting is open to the public and will be held in Suite 102 of the Atwood Building, located at 550 West 7th Ave.

The commission will review proposals for projects to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Alaska Treaty of Cession.   A preliminary agenda is posted at

Any person or group wishing to address the commission on matters relating to history, archaeology or historic preservation is invited to participate in the public comment session starting at 9:30 a.m. To comment by phone, arrangements must be made in advance by calling 907-269-8714.

A printed copy of the meeting agenda can be requested by calling 907-269-8721, emailing, or writing to the Office of History and Archaeology, Alaska Department of Natural Resources, 550 West 7th Ave., Suite 1310, Anchorage, AK 99501-3565.

The Alaska Historical Commission is the state board responsible for the state’s historic preservation program and coordinating the program for naming geographic features in Alaska. More information about the commission is available at

Joan Antonson, 907-269-8714,


Kenai River state park advisory board recruiting members

January 14, 2016 (Soldotna, AK) - Applications are currently being accepted for three upcoming vacancies on the Kenai River Special Management Area Citizens Advisory Board.

This state park advisory board provides state park managers with recommendations on the management of the Kenai River SMA. The people selected will serve from July 2016 through June 2019 and the board typically meets once a month between September and May.

To apply for a position on this advisory board, go to Applications are being accepted through March 31.

For more information, please contact the Kenai/Prince William Sound Area state park office at 907-262-5581.

Jack Blackwell, Park Superintendent, 907- 262-5581, ext 21,


Trails advisory board to meet Jan. 6-7 in Anchorage

December 28, 2015 (Anchorage, AK) - The Outdoor Recreational Trails Advisory Board will meet Jan. 6-7 in Anchorage to consider grant applications. The public is welcome to attend the meeting which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days in Suite 1270 of the Atwood Building, located at 550 West 7th Ave in Anchorage.

During the meeting, the ORTAB will evaluate grant proposals for the Recreational Trails Program. The board will provide recommendations to the Director of the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, who will make decisions on funding for those applications.

To join the meeting via toll-free teleconference, please dial 866-918-8374, conference code 5569714090. Contact Darcy Harris at 907-269-8699 or for more information. For special accommodations, auxiliary aid or services, and/or an alternative communication format to participate in this meeting, please contact Darcy at least two days in advance of the meeting to make the necessary arrangements.

For more information on the Recreational Trails Program, go to

Darcy Harris at 907-269-8699 or


Alaska State Parks hosts First Day outdoor events in Homer and Delta Junction

December 23, 2015 (Anchorage, AK) - Alaska State Parks is encouraging Alaskans to celebrate the New Year by enjoying the great outdoors in their local state parks. Area state park staff and local groups are hosting two free, guided hikes, in Delta Junction and Homer, as well as a guided paddling excursion in Kachemak Bay State Park. The events listed below are part of the First Day Hike initiative sponsored by state park systems throughout the United States.

1.5-mile roundtrip hike, ski or snowshoe in the Quartz Lake State Recreation Area
Date/time: Jan. 1, 12 p.m.
Location: Meet at the Glatfelder Trailhead. The Quartz Lake State Recreation Area is ten miles north of Delta Junction and is reached by a three-mile road at mile 277.8 of the Richardson Hwy. Follow the signs to the boat ramp and park in the parking lot adjacent to the GlatfelderTrailhead. From there we will ski, hike, or snowshoe to the historic Glatfelder log cabin.
Difficulty: Easy
Minimum age for children: All ages
Restrictions: None
Things to bring: water, a snack to share, snowshoes/skis/ warm hiking boots and clothing (as appropriate)
Cancellation information: 907-415-2698

3-mile roundtrip hike, ski or snowshoe in the Eveline State Recreation Area:
Date/time: Jan. 1, 12 p.m.
Location: Meet at the Eveline State Recreation Area parking lot. Take East End Road for 13.8 miles past the McNeil Canyon School, take the left onto Alpine Meadow Drive and go .3 miles to the trailhead.
Difficulty: Easy
Minimum Age for Children: All ages
Restrictions: Please leave your dogs at home for this hike.
Things to bring: Skis/Snowshoes/warm hiking boots (depending on conditions).
Cancellation Information: 907-235-7042

1-mile Kachemak Bay State Park: Water Trail:
Date/time: Jan. 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Meet at the start of the Water Trail on the Homer Spit at "The Rock," next to the fishing pond.
Difficulty: Moderate
Minimum Age for Children: 15
Restrictions: Please leave your dogs at home.
Things to bring: kayak and paddle, life jacket, snacks, water, weather appropriate gear.
Cancellation Information: 907-491-1355

For more information about the First Day Hike initiative, go to

Mario Ayerdis, 907-269-8708,


Ice fishing huts now available to rent in Fairbanks area

December 18, 2015 (Fairbanks, AK) - Looking for something to do over Christmas break? How about a weekend getaway to an Interior lake for some great ice fishing?

Alaska State Parks has ten ice fishing huts, as well as public-use cabins, available for rent at Birch and Quartz lakes. Cabins rent for $35 to $45 per night and ice fishing huts are available for $20 per day.

Five ice huts are at Birch Lake near mile 305.5 Richardson Highway and five huts are located at Quartz Lake near mile 277.8 Richardson Highway. The ice huts are constructed by the Department of Fish and Game and managed by the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation. They rent for $20 per day and can be reserved online at Those wishing to make reservations in person may do so at the DNR Public Information Office in Fairbanks located at 3700 Airport Way in Fairbanks.

The ice fishing huts measure eight feet by twelve feet. They have a wood burning stove and four ice fishing holes. All other equipment and supplies must be provided by the user. Suggested items to bring include; an ice auger/or spud bar, stools or seats, a lantern or flashlight, a shovel, firewood (12-inch stove length), matches, and fishing tackle and bait.

For more information on ice huts or public use cabins call the DNR Public Information Center in Fairbanks at 451-2705 or go to

Brooks Ludwig, 907-451-2698,