Matanuska Lakes
State Recreation Area

(Mat-Su Region)



Matanuska Lakes State Recreation Area (formerly Kepler-Bradley) is a popular fishing, hiking and biking park. This popular state park comprises several trout and grayling filled stocked lakes by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, including Matanuska, Canoe, Irene and Long Lakes.   Matanuska Lakes State Park is within easy driving distance of Anchorage located just north of the Glenn Highway at milepost 36.4, west of Palmer. The lakes are located in depressions (old glacial crevasses) in between moraine ridges (eskers) formed by glaciers 30,000 years ago. Trails from the park connect to the Mat-Su Borough Crevasse Moraine Trail System, The University of Alaska – Fairbanks Farm, and the University of Alaska – Anchorage College campus.

Fishing, camping, hiking, biking and horseback riding use are the dominant activities. The area is open year round, but access into the parking lot is only available during the summer months. Camping reservations can be made through park concessionaire Great Holiday Campgrounds. Call (907) 317-9094 for reservations.

Approximately 6 parking spaces are available in the winter, outside the gated entrance to Matanuska Lake. There are secondary access points with a small parking lots off of residential roads.

Matanuska Lakes Bike Trails

  •  ADA Facility - Yes (Canoe Lake, Long Lake only)
  •  349 Acres
  • Campsites ($10)
  •  Toilets - ( handicap symbolCanoe Lake, Long Lake)
  •  Daily parking fee ($5)

  • Camping
  •  Fishing
  •  Hiking
  •  Biking

Matanuska Lake


Mile 36.4 Glenn Highway

Driving Directions:

Take the Glenn Highway to Mile 36.4, turn onto Kepler Drive. You enter the park immediately.

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