Park Condition Reports

Last Update: September 22, 2016line2
 

PARK CLOSING DATES

Park Closing Dates

TRAIL REPORTS & PARK CONDITIONS

Chugach State Park - March 10

Chena River State Recreation Area - April 1

Denali State Park - July 29

Hatcher Pass East Mgmt. Area & Summit Lake SRS -
September 13

Kachemak Bay State Park - September 22

Nancy Lake State Recreation Area - July 14

Hatcher Pass Recreational Conflict Report

News Releases


SnowTRAC annual meeting scheduled for September 20

September 9, 2016 (Anchorage, AK) – The public is invited to participate in the Snowmobile Trails Advisory Council (SnowTRAC) annual meeting from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 20. The meeting will be held in Anchorage in Room 104 of the Atwood Building, located at 550 W 7th Ave.

The agenda will include review of grant applications and trail grooming requests, as well as discussion of various SnowTRAC issues. To participate by teleconference, call (866) 918-8374 and enter conference code 5569714090.

SnowTRAC consists of six members selected from across Alaska. The council advises the director of the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation on funding for eligible grant projects under the Snowmobile Trails Grant Program. This program is funded through legislative authorization to receive funds from snowmobile registration fees. These funds are used primarily to support snowmobile trail repair and maintenance, and also may be used for snowmobile safety and education projects.

If you are a person requiring special accommodations, auxiliary aid, or other special services to participate in the meeting, please contact State Trails Program Coordinator Darcy Harris at 269-8699 or darcy.harris@alaska.gov at least one week prior to the event in order to make the necessary arrangements.

CONTACT: Darcy Harris, 907‐269‐8699, darcy.harris@alaska.gov


Recreational Trails Program to hold teleconferences for grant applicants

September 2, 2016 (Anchorage, AK) – To assist new or experienced applicants for Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grants this year, Alaska State Parks will host two teleconferences on Thursday, September 15, and Tuesday, September 27. Both teleconferences will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The RTP program provides reimbursable, matching funds to develop and maintain trails and trail-related facilities and projects. For additional information, go to http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/grants/trails.htm.

Topics for the teleconferences include program guidelines, restrictions, eligibility and deadlines, applicable federal regulations, reporting and billing requirements, as well as what constitutes a successful application, the role of the Outdoor Recreational Trails Advisory Board, how to put together a successful budget and create a feasible schedule, and how to know if you need to fill out an environmental review checklist. Applicants are invited to ask questions during the teleconferences.

To join the calls, dial 866-918-8374 and enter conference code 5569714090.

Anyone interested in applying for an RTP grant who is unable to join a teleconference is encouraged to contact Darcy Harris at darcy.harris@alaska.gov or 907-269-8699 any time before the Nov. 1 grant application deadline.

CONTACT: Darcy Harris, 907‐269‐8699, darcy.harris@alaska.gov


Outdoor Recreational Trails Advisory Board recruiting new members

September 1, 2016 (Anchorage, AK) – The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation is seeking candidates to fill three board positions on the Outdoor Recreational Trails Advisory Board (ORTAB), one representing motorized trail users statewide, and two representing non‐motorized trail users statewide. In addition to these special knowledge areas, applicants should have knowledge, experience, and interest in outdoor recreation and grant‐funded programs.

The primary role of the ORTAB is to assist in evaluating grant proposals for the Recreational Trails Program and Land and Water Conservation Fund. ORTAB members may also be asked for advice on other outdoor recreation related subjects.

Anyone who would like to be considered for appointment on the ORTAB should submit a letter of interest, brief resume and completed questionnaire (available at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/misc/ortaboard.htm) to the State Trails Program Coordinator, Darcy Harris at darcy.harris@alaska.gov. The deadline to apply is October 1, 2016.

Board members serve a term of three years and the board meets once per year in Anchorage or as needed. Additional information regarding ORTAB and the Recreational Trails Program can be found at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/grants/trails.htm.

CONTACT: Darcy Harris, 907‐269‐8699, darcy.harris@alaska.gov


Donations sought to protect Big Delta State Historical Park

August 23, 2016 (Fairbanks, AK) – Alaska State Parks today is launching a campaign to raise $50,000 through a national “Fund Your Park” crowd funding effort to protect historic sites and cultural artifacts at Big Delta State Historical Park. The park, located in Delta Junction, is one of the best places in Alaska to experience the state’s frontier history. However, four of the park’s historic properties are threatened by recent erosion of the river bank along the Tanana River.

Alaska State Parks has $100,000 of the $319,000 necessary to armor 250 feet of the river bank. Through crowd funding, it hopes to raise $50,000 of the remaining funds. In addition to crowd sourcing, Alaska State Parks is reaching out to several foundations, local businesses, and government agencies for help on the project.

Here are two ways to help Big Delta State Historical Park:

  • Donate to the “Fund Your Park” crowd funding platform administered by the National Recreation and Park Association at http://www.fundyourpark.org/campaign/detail/4717. Money generated will go directly towards armoring the river bank at Big Delta State Historical Park.

  • Help Alaska State Parks reach other potential donors including community members, foundations, local businesses, non-profits, and government agencies, by sharing this link:
    http://www.fundyourpark.org/campaign/detail/4717.

The crowd funding platform opened today shortly after 2 p.m. and will close on Sept. 23 at 2 p.m.



CONTACT: Brooks Ludwig, 451-2698, brooks.ludwig@alaska.gov


Albert Loop Trail at Eagle River Nature Center closing for season

August 11, 2016 (Anchorage, AK) – Spawning salmon have returned to waters at the Eagle River Nature Center and so have the bears that feed on them. As a result, Alaska State Parks is closing the Albert Loop Trail and its vicinity, effective at noon today (Thursday, Aug. 11). At this time of year, black and brown bears and their cubs use the bridges and beaver dams as fishing platforms and adjacent brush and trees for cover.

Today’s closure does not affect the Iditarod/Crow Pass trail, the Rodak Loop and viewing platforms, or the Dew Mound Trail. Reopening of the Albert Loop trail will be announced and most likely will happen at freeze-up when the majority of bears go into hibernation. The trails seasonal closures have occurred since 1997.

Anyone recreating on an Alaska trail is encouraged to take appropriate precautions. Be prepared to encounter a bear, and be knowledgeable in recognizing bear behavior and responding to an encounter.

CONTACT: Tom Harrison, Chugach State Park Superintendent, 907-345-5014, csp@alaska.gov


Grants available for snowmobile trail grooming and safety until August 16

August 10, 2016 (Anchorage, AK) – The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation today reopened the application period for the Snowmobile Trails Grant Program, which provides competitive and reimbursable matching grants for developing and maintaining public snowmobile trails and related facilities for safety, education and trail signing projects.

Applications must be received by August 16, 2016. To submit an application, go to
http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/grants/snowmotr.htm.

Unlike previous years, the program will not receive funding from 2017 snowmobile registration fees. However, the program has received approval to spend snowmobile registration fees collected through fiscal year 2016.

Anyone who previously submitted a grant application for the 2017 grant cycle is not required to resubmit the application. However, prior applicants are encouraged to contact Trails Program Coordinator Darcy Harris at 907-269-8699 or darcy.harris@alaska.gov to ensure that their applications were properly submitted and received.

CONTACT: Darcy Harris, 907-269-8699, darcy.harris@alaska.gov


Grants available for Land and Water Conservation Fund projects

July 29, 2016 (Anchorage, AK) – The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation is accepting applications for grants it administers through the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The federally-funded program provides up to 50 percent matching grants for acquisition or development of parks and other public outdoor recreation facilities. State, regional and local entities with the legal authority to provide park and recreation services on public lands are eligible to apply.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday, October 31, 2016. The application package, including blank forms, examples and rating criteria is available online at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/grants/lwcf.htm or by contacting LWCF Grants Administrator Jean Ayers at jean.ayers@alaska.gov or 907-269-8694.

CONTACT: Jean Ayers, Grants Administrator, 907-269-8694, jean.ayers@alaska.gov


Grants available for Alaska Treaty of Cession projects

July 29, 2016 (Anchorage, AK) – The Alaska Historical Commission is accepting grant proposals to prepare for the 150th anniversary of the Alaska Treaty of Cession in 2017. These grants are available for projects that will contribute to understanding the history and significance of the transfer of Alaska from Russia. Proposals are encouraged for historic research and publication projects, restoration of significant historic properties, community projects and programs, heritage tourism development, planning and public education projects.

A total of $100,000 is available. A grant request may not exceed $15,000 and must be matched one-to-one. Applications must be postmarked, e-mailed, or delivered by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 17, 2016.

The application is available at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/oha/designations/150Anniversary. For more information, call 907-269-8714, e-mail oha@alaska.net or write to the Alaska Historical Commission, 550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1310, Anchorage, AK 99501-3565.

CONTACT: Jean Ayers, Grants Administrator, 907-269-8694, jean.ayers@alaska.gov


McHugh Fire cause determined to be unextinguished campfire

July 28, 2016 (Anchorage, AK) – The Division of Forestry announced today that the cause of the McHugh Fire was an unextinguished campfire. The McHugh wildfire began July 16 in Chugach State Park, south of Anchorage and adjacent to the Seward Highway. The point of origin of the escaped fire was north of the McHugh Creek parking lot, off the McHugh trail system and deep in a ravine. The fire was started in an area not commonly used by hikers and not in an established campfire ring.

Escaped campfires are preventable. Before leaving a campfire unattended, ensure it is fully extinguished by dousing with water, stirring and dousing again until no heat is present.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact the Division of Forestry Fire Investigator at 907-761-6340.

McHUGH FIRE INVESTIGATION MEDIA CONTACT: Norm McDonald, Fire Management Officer, 907-761-6302,
 norm.mcdonald@alaska.gov


Portions of Chugach State Park closed to due to McHugh Creek fire

July 19, 2016 (Anchorage, AK) – Due to the ongoing response to the McHugh Creek fire, state park officials have closed Chugach State Park trails and adjacent park lands to public use between the Potter Creek and Rainbow trailheads (inside the pink boundary line shown on the image below), including all of the McHugh Creek and Rainbow Creek drainages. Closures specifically include the Turnagain Arm Trail between Potter and Rainbow, the McHugh Creek Trail, and the Rainbow Peak Trail as well as the McHugh Creek wayside, Beluga Point pullout and Rainbow trailhead.

Area map of Chugach Closure due to McHugh Creek Fire

CONTACT: Tom Harrison, Chugach/Southwest Region Superintendent, 907-345-5014, csp@alaska.gov


Chugach State Park Volunteer Trail Work Event July 16th

July 11, 2016 (Anchorage, AK)

Chugach Volunteer Trail Work July 16th Flyer


Public invited to comment on statewide outdoor recreation plan

June 24, 2016 (Anchorage, AK) – Interested in giving input on how federal funds are prioritized for outdoor recreation grants in Alaska?

The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation is seeking public comments on the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, which is updated periodically to maintain statewide eligibility for federal Land and Water Conservation Fund grants. The revised draft plan is available at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/scorp and comments will be accepted through August 5, 2016.

Land and Water Conservation Fund grants are administered by the division to provide matching federal dollars for outdoor recreation projects developed by eligible local, regional and state governments. For more information about the program, go to http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/grants/lwcf.htm.

The plan helps to establish funding priorities for Land and Water Conservation grants through the next five years by measuring the supply and demand for public outdoor recreation resources throughout Alaska.

CONTACT: Jean Ayers, Grants Administrator, 907-269-8694, jean.ayers@alaska.gov


Crow Pass Trail reopened between Heidi’s Knob and Eagle River

June 24, 2016 (Anchorage, AK) – A one-and-a-half-mile section of the popular Crow Pass Trail in Chugach State Park has reopened after its closure on June 10 due to a bear feeding on a moose carcass next to the trail. The closed section was about midway between the Girdwood and Eagle River ends of the trail. Sufficient time has elapsed to substantially reduce the probability of the bear still actively feeding on the carcass.

Hikers should always stay vigilant whenever traveling in bear country. Anyone using an Alaska trail should take appropriate precautionary measures, be prepared to encounter a bear, and be knowledgeable in recognizing bear behavior and how to respond to an encounter.

CONTACT: Tom Harrison, Superintendent Chugach/Southwest Region, (907) 345-5014,csp@alaska.gov


New members sought for Snowmobile Trails Advisory Council

June 1, 2016 (Anchorage, AK) – The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation is inviting interested individuals to apply for three openings on the seven-member Snowmobile Trails Advisory Council (SnowTRAC). Two of the open seats represent the Mat-Su Valley/ Copper River Basin and the third represents the Fairbanks area.

SnowTRAC assists the division director by providing funding recommendations for the Snowmobile Trails Grant Program. This statewide grant program provides reimbursable, matching grant funds for trail easement acquisition, development and maintenance of trails and trail-related facilities for snowmobile use.

The division is seeking individuals with special knowledge, experience, and interest in snowmobile trails and in grant-funded programs. Appointees to these seats will serve a three-year term expiring March 1, 2019, and participate in meetings or teleconferences a minimum of once a year. The annual meeting is typically held in late August in Anchorage.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest that describes their professional background and snowmobile interests, experience, and knowledge, and three professional references to Darcy Harris, the State Trails Program Coordinator, via email at darcy.harris@alaska.gov, or standard mail at 550 W. 7th Avenue, Suite 1380, Anchorage, AK 99501, no later than July 1, 2016 at 5 p.m. Faxed materials can be sent to 907-269-8907.

For additional information regarding the SnowTRAC or the Snowmobile Trails Grant Program, please contact Darcy or visit http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/grants/snowmotr.htm.

CONTACT: Darcy Harris, 907-269-8699, darcy.harris@alaska.gov


Public invited to National Trails Day activities in Kachemak Bay State Park

May 31, 2016 (Anchorage, AK) – The public is invited to celebrate National Trails Day by volunteering on a local trail project or participating in an outdoor family event this coming weekend in Kachemak Bay State Park.

Alaska State Parks and Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park will host multiple all-day and/or overnight events on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 3-5, including trail clearing and improvements, a beach cleanup and family walk, and a family-fun hike to Grewingk Glacier. Meeting times and locations will vary for the different events. Details on each event is available when participants sign up at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor’s Center in Homer, located at 95 Sterling Hwy, prior to June 3. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Alaska State Parks will provide hand tools. Participants need to bring lunch, water, work gloves, snacks, small hand tools if desired, and camping gear if necessary, but no power tools or four-legged friends please. Contact Hannah Bradley at 907-226-4689 or kbayvolunteer@gmail.com for more information.

CONTACT: Darcy Harris, 907-269-8699, darcy.harris@alaska.gov


Public invited to Donnelly Dome hike on June 4 in honor of National Trails Day

May 31, 2016 (Fairbanks, AK) – The public is invited to join Alaska State Parks and the Delta Junction Trails Association in celebrating National Trails Day with a hike up Donnelly Dome on Saturday, June 4.

Ellen Clark of the Delta Junction Trails Association describes the hike as an opportunity to, “experience the challenge and beauty of the Dome in June, alpine wildflowers blooming, and the 360-degree view from the top.”

To join the hike, meet at 11 a.m. at the pullout located 2.5 miles up the Dome Road, accessed from Mile 248 of the Richardson Highway. Please bring water, appropriate clothing including sturdy shoes, a snack, and a Recreation Access Permit (RAP). RAPs are available at the Fort Greeley Visitor’s Center during regular business hours or at https://usartrak.isportsman.net/. Check on the status of Donnelly East Area 531 by calling 907-873-3181 or by going to the website. Here you can find out if the area is open for recreation or if it has been temporarily closed for military training. br />
If the area is closed due to military training, the backup meeting location will be at the pullout on Coal Mine Road.

CONTACT: Ellen Clark, 907-895-5155


New fees implemented at Lower Chatanika and Big Delta park units

May 19, 2016 (Fairbanks, AK) – Effective May 26, Alaska State Parks will implement a $5 per vehicle day-use fee at the Lower Chatanika State Recreation Area and Big Delta State Historical Park. In addition, overnight camping at the Whitefish and Olnes Pond campgrounds will be $15 per night and use of the boat launch near the Whitefish campground will be $10 per day.

Fees for the use of improved boat launches and campsites at Alaska state parks began in 1987. The day-use parking fee program began in 1994 and has been implemented at most road-accessible access points and trailheads. However, until now, parking fees have never been charged at the Lower Chatanika and Big Delta units, and camping and boat launch fees at Lower Chatanika have not been charged since 2002.

The fees for parking, camping and using the boat launch can be paid at the self-serve payment stations located at the two park units. 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 and can be purchased at the Fairbanks state park office , the Anchorage and Fairbanks DNR Public Information Centers (via mail or e-mail), or online at https://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/Passes.cfm.

The Lower Chatanika State Recreation Area is located between mile 10 and 11 of the Elliott Highway and Big Delta State Historical Park is located at Mile 274.5 of the Richardson Highway.

CONTACT: Brooks Ludwig, 907-451-2698, brooks.ludwig@alaska.gov


Alaska State Parks seeking information on Angel Rocks vandalism

May 19, 2016 (Fairbanks, AK) – Alaska State Parks is seeking information about vandalism on the Angel Rocks Trail in the Chena River State Recreation Area. Angel Rocks is a popular trail located at mile 49 of the Chena Hot Spring Road. The trail consists of a 3-mile loop that leads up to several unique rock outcroppings. The trail is one of the most popular day hikes in the Fairbanks area.

Some of the rock outcroppings were recently vandalized. The vandalism consists of graffiti on the rock outcroppings and a significant amount of litter.

It is illegal to disturb, damage, deface, or remove natural objects including trees, plants, moss, rocks, gravel, or minerals within Alaska state parks. It is also illegal to litter in the state parks.

If you have any information about the vandalism, or if you witness a park violation during normal business hours, please report it to Alaska State Parks Fairbanks office by calling 451-2695. If you witness a park violation at night or on weekends, please report it to Alaska State Trooper Post in Fairbanks at 907-451-5100; the dispatcher will forward the information to park rangers.

CONTACT: Brooks Ludwig, 907-451-2698, brooks.ludwig@alaska.gov


Celebrate Safe Boating Week with “Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day”

May 19, 2016 (Anchorage, AK) – The Alaska Office of Boating Safety invites all Alaskans to celebrate Safe Boating Week, May 21-27, by participating in “Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day” on Wednesday, May 25. The goal of “Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day” is to increase awareness of the versatility and comfort of today’s modern life jacket designs.

“Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day” participants are encouraged to post pictures on the Alaska Boating Safety Program Facebook page or post them to Instagram with the hashtags #lifejackets and #wearit. Anchorage participants are invited to wear their life jackets and join the Office of Boating Safety from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, in the Atwood building courtyard located at 7th and E Street, for a group photo and the annual life jacket fashion show.

Governor Walker’s proclamation of Safe Boating Week issued on May 17 encourages all Alaskans to be safe while enjoying boating this season.

While boating is an important part of the Alaska lifestyle, every year some people lose their lives in boating accidents. Five out of six Alaska boating fatalities are a cold water immersion-related drowning, following a sudden vessel capsizing, swamping or fall overboard. Nine out of ten who died were not wearing a life jacket or were never found. For more information, visit PledgeToLive.org

“Most victims are adult males. Many could have survived if they had simply been wearing a life jacket. Even on calm, sunny, clear blue sky days, Alaska boaters of all experience levels should commit to always wearing a life jacket when in an open boat or on deck,” said Jeff Johnson, State Boating Law Administrator.

The Alaska Office of Boating Safety, located within the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, works to promote safe, enjoyable boating, with an emphasis on education. Resources for boaters can be found at www.alaskaboatingsafety.org

CONTACT: Kelli Toth, 907-240-6314, Kelli.Toth@alaska.gov


Kenai River state park advisory board recruiting members

May 12, 2016 (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 apply for a position on this advisory board, fill out the Alaska State Park Advisory Board Application posted at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/misc/boards.htm. Applications are being accepted through May 31. 

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

CONTACT:  Jack Blackwell, 262-5581, jack.blackwell@alaska.gov


“Let’s Camp America!” events planned at Eagle Beach State Recreation Area and Chugach State Park

May 3, 2016 (Anchorage, AK) - Alaska State Parks is joining with other state park systems throughout the country to participate in the National Association of State Park Directors’ LET’S CAMP AMERICA! Initiative. LET’S CAMP AMERICA! is about promoting the vitality, affordability and accessibility of camping in the nearly 230,000 camping sites (2,500 of them in Alaska) across America’s State Parks. The initiative will launch Saturday, May 7 when state parks throughout the country plan to hold special events at select camping areas.

On May 7, campers can meet up with state park rangers at the Eklutna Lake and Bird Creek Campgrounds located in Chugach State Park between 2 and 4 p.m. or with park staff at Eagle Beach State Recreation Area north of Juneau between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. In both locations park staff will welcome campers and answer questions about the recreation opportunities in their areas.

“LET’S CAMP AMERICA! presents an ideal way for Alaska State Parks to showcase our vast array of camping and outdoor recreation resources. Alaska State Parks is issuing an all-inclusive invitation to first time campers and camping enthusiasts to create their own ‘camping moments’ and then to come back often,” said Alaska State Parks Director Ben Ellis. “We want to grow a camping nation where unplugged family and friend time is the norm and where going online means baiting a hook.”

CONTACT:Claire Holland LeClair, 907-269-8702, claire.leclair@alaska.gov


10 artists picked for state park residency program at Ernest Gruening Cabin

May 3, 2016 (Anchorage, AK) - Ten talented artists have been selected for the 2016 summer Alaska State Parks artist-in-residence program, which runs from May through September at the Ernest Gruening State Historical Park. This year’s artists are Joan Pardes, Patti Jouppi, Bruce Sink, Christine Fortner, Glenda Field, Rob Roys, Naona Wallin, Bob Winfree, Sandy Winfree, and Keren Lowell.

Participating artists stay for up to two weeks at the scenic and historic Ernest Gruening Cabin, near Amalga Harbor approximately 24 miles north of Juneau. Artists are asked to donate an original work of art inspired by their time at the cabin and to host a workshop or other community engagement. The first artist to participate in the 2016 program is Joan Pardes, an artist and writer from the Juneau area who began her residence on May 1.

Now in its second year, the purpose of the artist-in-residence program is to encourage artists to create work inspired by Alaska’s state parks. It also offers visitors and the general public an opportunity to see state parks through the eyes of contributing artists. As Jim Leach, an artist during the 2015 program, explained, “The experience of the Artist in Residence Program was a highlight of our summer. The historic aspects of the cabin and surrounding area were wonderful. The surrounding scenery and the chance to meet (by chance) many locals from the surrounding area was interesting, enjoyable and enlightening. Everyone we met was inquisitive about the program and seemed happy we were there.”

More information about workshops and other events hosted by the participating artists will be announced over the course of the summer. Stay informed about this program and the many other exciting things happening at Alaska State Parks by visiting www.alaskastateparks.org or by following us on Facebook @AlaskaStateParks, on Instagram @akstateparks, and on Twitter @AlaskaStParks.

CONTACT: Ryan Thomas, 269-8692, ryan.j.thomas@alaska.gov


Seasonal trail restrictions planned for Chena River State Recreation Area

April 13, 2016 (Fairbanks, AK) - On Monday, April 18, the Angel Creek Valley, Angel Creek Hillside, Compeau, Stiles, Colorado Creek, East Fork, Yukon Quest Winter, and South Fork trails in the Chena River State Recreation Area will close to all uses except walking. These closures will allow the trails to thaw and water to disperse without disturbance.

Alaska State Parks is reluctant to restrict any uses unless there are no other viable management alternatives. In this case, the benefits of protecting the state-maintained trails from degradation outweigh the inconveniences of seasonal restrictions.

The Angel Creek Hillside, Compeau and Stiles trails will reopen May 26 or sooner depending on conditions. The South Fork, Colorado Creek, East Fork, Yukon Quest Winter and Angel Creek Valley Trails are winter trails and will remain closed to motorized use during the summer. By design, winter trails cannot sustain use during unfrozen periods. After adequate snowpack is reached, the winter trails as well as all other motorized areas of the Chena River Recreation Area will be reopened to snowmachine use by director’s designation.

Gates at the trailheads will be locked and posted with signs during the trail closures. Alaska State Parks encourages trail users to respect the integrity of the trails so others may continue to enjoy them. It is illegal to tamper with or attempt to drive around locked gates.

Violations of the trail closures can be reported to Alaska State Parks during business hours at 451-2695. On evenings and weekends, contact Alaska State Troopers and they will contact Alaska State Park rangers.

CONTACT: Brooks Ludwig, brooks.ludwig@alaska.gov, (907) 451-2698