Park Condition Reports

Last Update: July 14, 2017



Park Opening Dates


Chugach State Park - April 23 

Chena River State Recreation Area - March 30

Denali State Park - July 14

Hatcher Pass East Mgmt. Area & Summit Lake SRS - July 20

Kachemak Bay State Park - July 19

Nancy Lake State Recreation Area - July 14

Hatcher Pass Recreational Conflict Report


News Releases

Proposed repeal and re-adoption of Department Fee Regulations - 6/9/17

Notice of Proposed Regulation Changes on Fees in the Regulations of the Department of Natural Resources June 9, 2017

Fee Regulations Public Review Draft June 9, 2017

Dear Alaskans Letter on Proposed Fee Regulations June 9, 2017

Existing Fee Regulations

Fee Matrix

Public Hearing Presentation

Ethan Tyler to serve as new Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation director

July 6, 2017 (Anchorage, AK) – Natural Resources Commissioner Andy Mack announced today that Ethan Tyler will join the Department of Natural Resources as director of the Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation on July 17.

Tyler has 17 years of private sector and non-profit experience in Alaska, largely in tourism, outdoor recreation and economic development. He is moving to DNR from his current position as the Economic Development Manager for the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development where he supervises a variety of statewide programs including the Made in Alaska program.

“A key objective for the State of Alaska is sustaining and protecting our park system by making it less reliant on general funds for its operations,” Mack said. “Ethan’s skills and experience make him a natural fit to carry on this important work.”

“I look forward to joining the DNR team and working cooperatively with fellow Alaskans to manage the nation’s largest and best state park system, and increase opportunities for outdoor recreation in our state,” Tyler said.

Tyler began his Alaska career at the Alyeska Resort in 2000. He joined CIRI Alaska Tourism Corp. four years later as a sales manager, and went on to work in management positions at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and the Alaska Community Foundation. From 2009 to 2013, he owned a consulting business that provided communications, sales, marketing and other services to Alaska’s visitor industry.

Tyler has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado. He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys ski instructing, backcountry skiing, as well as biking, hiking, surfing, and time spent with family.

CONTACT: Elizabeth Bluemink, 269-8434,

State seeks private contractors to operate Delta Area state parks

July 5, 2017 (Fairbanks, AK) – The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation is requesting proposals for private concession operation of five state park units in the Delta Junction area. These park units are no longer being actively maintained by state agency staff due to FY 2018 budget reductions but the goal is to keep them available to the public and maintained under commercial operation.

Four park units will be bundled together under one concession – the Quartz Lake State Recreation Area, the Clearwater State Recreation Site, the Donnelly Creek State Recreation Site, and the Delta State Recreation Site. The division is offering a separate concession for the operation of Big Delta State Historical Park. Authority to operate the park units would be provided under a park permit. The permits will have an initial two-year term, renewable for an additional five years by mutual agreement.

During the transition, Big Delta State Historical Park will remain open, staffed by the Delta Historical Society. Rika’s Roadhouse Café and Gift Shop will continue to operate as usual. People will still be able to access the four other park units but services such as bathrooms, garbage, water, and staff will be unavailable until a concessionaire is in place.

Application materials for the two park concessions are available at and on the State of Alaska Online Public Notice system, and paper copies also are available at the Alaska State Parks office in Fairbanks located at 3700 Airport Way.

Proposals must be received at the Fairbanks Office no later than 4 p.m. on July 21, 2017.

CONTACT: Brooks Ludwig, 907-451-2698,

Alaska Historical Commission to meet July 17 in Anchorage

June 16, 2017 (Anchorage, AK) – The Alaska Historical Commission will meet in Anchorage and via teleconference on Monday, July 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and the teleconference center is at the BP Energy Center, 900 East Benson Blvd.

The commission will consider the Old Willow Community Center and Ch’u’itnu Traditional Cultural Landscape (Tyonek vicinity) nominations for the National Register of Historic Places. They also will consider requests from eligible local governments for historic preservation projects, and review nine proposals to name or change the names of geographic features. They will have an update on activity since their special meeting in April on the 4th Avenue Theatre. The preliminary agenda is posted at

Any person or group wishing to address the commission on the National Register nominations, local government project proposals, or geographic names applications are invited to participate in the public comment session starting at 10:30 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 National Register documentation is available at

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

This year’s preparations for a government shutdown are different than in 2015, when the legislature had passed a partially funded budget. This year, money has not been appropriated for any government services. As a government shutdown in Alaska is unprecedented, Department of Law is examining what money could be spent to continue vital state services if the legislature has not fulfilled its constitutional obligation to pass a budget.

CONTACT: Joan Antonson, 907-269-8714,