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Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

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Explore the outdoors...
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A System of Dreams

That's what Neil Johannsen, the longest-serving director of Alaska State Parks, calls the state agency that started out simply—the result of the dreams of a few hardy individuals—and now oversees more than 156 park units from Alaska's far north to the tips of Southeast. Alaska's park system encompasses some three-million acres of land and water; by far the most acreage of any state park system in the country.

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Latest News Release:

Alaska State Parks waives parking fees day after Thanksgiving

November 18, 2022 (Anchorage, AK) - Alaska State Parks will waive parking fees at all park facilities on Friday, Nov. 25 to give Alaskans one more reason to get outside during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend!...

More News:

  • 11/18/22 Alaska State Parks Adds Two New Public Use Cabins in Kodiak

  • 11/7/22 Albert Loop Trail open for public use

  • 10/24/22 Public Comment Sought on Statewide Outdoor Recreation Plan

  • 9/20/22 Funding and Board Openings for Recreational Programs

  • 7/19/22 Seeking public comments regarding proposed public trail in Cottonwood Eastland within Kachamak Bay State Park

  • 6/10/22 Chena River Shooting Range now closed to incendiary devices

  • 5/10/22 Big Lakes and Rocky Lake campgrounds to open by end of May

  • 4/8/22 Mat-Su partner receives Helmsley grant for Independence Mine work


Alaska State Parks depends on volunteers to help manage and maintain our parks. Volunteers provide services that would not otherwise be offered. In turn, volunteers receive valuable training and experience for their service. There are several facets to the VIP program. Perhaps one of them is right for you!

Alaska State Parks Volunteers

Mission Statement

"The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation provides outdoor recreation opportunities and conserves and interprets natural, cultural, and historic resources for the use, enjoyment, and welfare of the people."

Accessibility Notice

Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Atwood Building
550 West 7th Avenue
Suite 1380
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 269-8700
Fax: (907) 269-8907