Frequently Asked Questions

Visitors and prospective visitors often have numerous question about the park.  Below is a list of questions and answers that may assist your trip planning.  If your question isn’t answered below please contact the park for further information.  Many regulations are cited and you can click the link to find further information or a description.

What should I bring? Always carry the ten essentials when visiting the backcountry: extra clothing, extra food, sunglasses, first aid kit, knife, matches, fire starter, light source, map, and compass are daytrip essentials. Additionally, proper shelter, footwear and water or water filtration equipment are recommended in case that day trip turns into an unexpected overnight stay.

When do I need a permit? Permits are required prior to camping on or around Nishlik, Slate, Upnuk or Chikuminuk Lakes, floating the Tikchik River, for any organized assembly of more than 20 people, any entertainment, athletic, or competitive event, any incompatible use, all research involving disturbance or collection of park resources, and for all commercial activities. Visit the Permits page for more information.

Can I have a fire? Fires are allowed in portable camp stoves, metal fire rings provided by the park and on unvegetated gravel bars and beaches.  Practice Leave no Trace camping and scatter cold ashes and all evidence of fire rings after use. 11 AAC 20.385

What about bears? Do I need an electric fence if I camp in the park? Brown bears frequent lakeshores and rivers throughout the park during the summer months. Practice safe camping techniques to minimize conflict with bears. Camp away from inflow streams, and store all food and scented items such as toothpaste well away from camp, hang from a tree if possible.  Electric fences may provide additional  safety assurance while camping but are rarely used by visitors.

Where can I get firewood? Wood that is both dead and lying on the ground may be gathered for lawful personal use within the park. No wood may be gathered for personal use off of state park land, including for use on private lands within the park.  Cutting live trees is prohibited.   11 AAC 12.170

When can I hunt or fish in the park? Hunting and fishing are both allowed in the park. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game provides information on regulations including: lawful seasons, lawful gear and gear and weapon restrictions.  Regulation information and licenses  are available at Alaska Department of Fish and Game and at local sporting goods stores.

What’s the weather like in the park? The weather is generally cool and moist with daily  temperatures in July averaging between 46°F to 65°F. Visitors should be prepared for all types of weather.

Can I light off fireworks in the park? The discharge of fireworks is not allowed in the park. They can injure visitors, disturb wildlife and cause wildfires. 11 AAC 12.197

What air charter service should I use? There are a number of commercial air taxi operators permitted to operate in Wood-Tikchik State Park. Many charter companies also provide equipment rental services including: rafts, canoes, kayaks and camping equipment.

How long can I camp? Camping is limited to 10 consecutive days at the same location in a calendar year. After 10 days all equipment must be moved to no less than one mile away. In the developed campground on the Agulukpak River the stay limit is three nights. 11 AAC 20.365

Can I take my firearm in the park? Firearms may be carried in the park but only discharged for self-protection or lawful hunting and trapping.  Target practice is prohibited in the park. 11 AAC 20.370

Can I land my airplane or helicopter in the park? The use of fixed wing aircraft is allowed in the park.  Helicopter landings are not allowed in the park. 11 AAC 20.375

Are there fees to park?There is a $10 boat launch fee for use of the launch at the Lake Aleknagik State Recreation Site.  Fees help maintain our park facilitates. If you are a frequent user you may consider purchasing an annual boat launch pass.

Can I pick berries in the park? Yes, berries and edible plants may be gathered for personal consumption, but not for sale. Collecting, damaging or disturbing rocks, trees, other plants or minerals is prohibited. 11 AAC 12.170

Can I pan for gold? Gold panning is prohibited within Wood-Tikchik State Park. 11 AAC 12.170

Can I take antlers home I found in the park? Antlers and any other part of an animal found within the park should remain untouched.  Disturbing or removing these natural items from the park is considered disturbance of natural objects. 11 AAC 12.170.

Where can I snowmobile? Snowmobiles are allowed in the park when snow  depth is adequate to protect underlying vegetation.  All snowmobiles must be currently registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles before they can be operated in any state park.  Backcountry gear and safety equipment is highly recommended for any snowmobile trip in Wood-Tikchik State Park.  11 AAC 20.390

Are there avalanches in the winter? Yes, avalanches are a real hazard and can occur anywhere.  Especially susceptible areas include: gullies, steep snow-covered slopes, and anywhere below steep ridges. If you are going to be in the backcountry, an avalanche class will teach you valuable skills to prepare for the hazards of avalanches. Alaska Avalanche School.

Is there giardia in the water? Yes, it is possible that watersheds in the park are contaminated with giardia. It is not advised to drink from any watershed prior to purification. Fortunately purifying water to avoid getting sick is easy; boil water for 2 or more minutes, run it through a filter or use chemical treatments.

Are there any poisonous plants? Yes, there are some poisonous and hazardous berries and plants in the park. Bring a plant and berry identification guide to be certain before harvesting or eating. Wear long sleeves and pants to avoid the irritation caused by Cow Parsnip and Devil’s Club.