News Releases

Last Update: February 27, 2015 line2


Park Closing Dates


Chugach State Park - February 5

Chena River State Recreation Area - January 16

Denali State Park - February 26

Hatcher Pass East Mgmt. Area & Summit Lake SRS - February 27

Nancy Lake State Recreation Area - February 27

Hatcher Pass Recreational Conflict Report

Chugach Trail Maps


Public invited to scoping workshops for Kenai River Ranch master site plan

(Soldotna, AK) – The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation in partnership with the Department of Fish and Game has begun scoping for the development of a master site plan for the Kenai River Ranch property located within the Kenai River Special Management Area (KRSMA). The website for this project is

The scoping period begins today and will include a public workshop in Soldotna from 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20 at the Kenai River Center located at 514 Funny River Road. A second workshop will be held in Anchorage from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21 in conference room 102 of the Atwood Building, located at 550 W. 7th Avenue. The workshops and comments submitted during scoping will enable the planning team to include local input in the early stages of plan development.

The Kenai River Ranch is a former horse and cattle ranch located at mile 32 of the Kenai River and near mile 12 of the Funny River Road. The property was acquired under the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill habitat protection program and is cooperatively managed by the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation and the Department of Fish and Game. State managers are seeking input on how the property should be managed, including whether any recreation facilities should be developed on the property.

The deadline for submitting comments during the scoping period is Feb. 10. Comments can be submitted online via the project website or sent by mail, e-mail or fax to: Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, 550 West 7th Ave., Suite 1340, Anchorage, AK 99501, fax: 907-269-7506 or e-mail:

Jack Blackwell, Park Superintendent, 907- 262-5581,
Mark Fink, ADFG Access Coordinator, 907- 267-2338,


Kenai River state park advisory board recruiting members

(Soldotna, AK) – Applications are currently being accepted for positions 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. Members serve a three year term and typically meet once a month between September and May.

To download an application form go to:

Applications are being accepted through Feb. 15.

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

CONTACT: Jack Blackwell, (907) 262-5581,


Alaska State Parks increases fees

(Anchorage, AK) – Fees for overnight camping and boat launching and the cost of annual passes for parking and boat launching at Alaska state park facilities will increase on Jan. 1.

An updated list of state park fees and passes is at Annual passes for the 2015 calendar year are available for purchase at and will be sold at current prices through Dec. 31.

The fee increases are authorized under state park regulations and are part of an ongoing effort to make the operation and maintenance of the state park system more self-sustaining. For example, the cost of an annual parking pass hasn’t changed since 2004, a period in which Alaska State Parks’ operational costs increased more than 20 percent.

While the $5 daily fee for parking at developed areas, such as trailheads, will not increase, the cost of an annual parking pass will increase from $40 to $50 and the cost of a second pass sold to the same family will increase from $20 to $25. The cost of an annual boat launch pass, which has been $75 since 1997, will increase to $100 and the cost of a second pass for the same family will increase from $40 to $50.

The daily fees for overnight camping and boat launching vary by location. The new fees range from $10 to $30, generally representing a $5 increase.

CONTACT:, Jamie Walker, 907-269-8703


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

Quartz Lake 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,

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: