List of Alaska State Parks
Afognak Island State Park
The park is known for its rugged topography, dense old-growth Sitka spruce forests, and salmon spawning habitat. Kodiak brown bear, Sitka black-tailed deer, Roosevelt elk, and the endangered marbled murrelet inhabit the park. Visitors can fish, hunt, hike, or just enjoy the pristine environment. Afognak Island State Park is accessible by air or by water. Cabins in Afognak Island State Park can only be reached via air, several air charters provide float plane service to Afognak Island from either Kodiak or Homer.
Baranof Castle Hill State Historic Site
Commonly referred to as Castle Hill, Baranof Castle Hill State Historic Site is one of the most historically significant sites in Alaska. Tlingit natives originally inhabited this area and built a strategic fortification at this site. Between 1804-1867 Russians occupied this site. In 1867, on top of Castle Hill, Alaska was officially transferred from Russia to the United States.
Bettles Bay State Marine Park
The park is an excellent anchorage, well-protected from winds and with a good soft holding bottom. Bettles Bay State Marine Park affords views of the scenic Bettles Glacier. The uplands consists of old growth forest.
Big Bear/Baby Bear State Marine Park
Access to this park is primarily by boat and the park remains undeveloped with no visitor facilities.
Big Delta State Historical Park
Located 8 miles north of Delta Junction at Mile 274.5 of the Richardson Highway. Big Delta State Historical Park, Take a walk back into time! The Delta Historical Society maintains a museum in a sod-roofed cabin, the artifacts in the museum, dating from 1900 to 1950, were collected from local people, artifacts include blacksmith tools, horse tack, dog harnesses and sleds, many household items and much more. There is also a display of historic photographs.
Birch Lake State Recreational Site
The lake is popular with fishers, jet-skiers, and water skiers in the summer, and with snowmachiners and ice fishers in the winter. At Birch Lake State Recreation Site there is excellent fishing all year for stocked species: rainbow trout, king and silver salmon, grayling, and arctic char. Ice fishing huts are available for rent.
Boswell Bay State Marine Park
Located on the eastern tip of Hinchinbrook Island. Boswell Bay State Marine Park southern edge of the park is a high-energy beach exposed to the Gulf of Alaska. Beach combing and hunting are popular.
Buskin River State Recreation Site
Borders the Buskin River and is near the state airport. The Buskin River State Recereation Site is one of the most productive fisheries on the Kodiak road system. Visitors from around the world visit this river to fish for sockeye and coho salmon.
Caines Head State Recreation Area
Scenic site of an abandoned World War II Fort McGilvray, can be reached by boat or foot from Seward. Caines Head State Recreation Area, visitors are invited to explore the remains of Fort McGilvray, the South Beach Garrison and the many natural attractions of this 6,000 acre state recreation area.
Canoe Passage State Marine Park
Located on Hawkins Island eight miles west of Cordova. The majority of Hawkins Island is private land.
Captain Cook State Recreation Area
Can be reached by driving 25 miles north of Kenai on the North Kenai Road to milepost 36. Captain Cook State Recreation Area offers a variety of recreation activities, from canoeing and boating on Stormy Lake to beach combing on Cook Inlet痴 tide-swept shores. Anglers may enjoy fishing for rainbow trout and silver salmon in Swanson River as well as rainbows and arctic char in Stormy Lake. Wildlife you may see during your visit includes moose, bear, coyote, wolves, Beluga whales, harbor seals, beaver, muskrat, bald eagles, sandhill cranes, trumpeter swans, arctic and common loons, golden-eye ducks, mergansers, thrushes, warblers, and jays, Captain Cook State Recreation Area is virtually undiscovered by most visitors to the Kenai Peninsula.
Chena River State Recreational Area
397 square miles of forests, rivers, and alpine tundra. Chena River State Recreation Area offers hiking and rock-climbing at Granite Tors, you can harness up the dog team, or perhaps ride a 4-wheeler along a forest trail. The park follows the Chena River, a clear flowing, class I-II river ideal for kayaking, canoeing, or fishing for the abundant arctic grayling. Chena Hot Springs Road parallels the river, providing boaters and anglers many entry and exit points.
Chena River State Recreational Site
Chena River State Recreation Site (also known as Chena Wayside) is located in Fairbanks on University Avenue. Campsites and picnic sites, as well as the restrooms, drinking water, and shelter, are ADA accessible.
Chilkat Islands State Marine Park
6,560-acre park is a group of islands just south of Chilkat State Park. It is 13 air miles south of Haines.
Chilkat State Park
Located seven miles south of Haines on Mud Bay Road. Incredible views of Chilkat Inlet and Rainbow and Davidson glaciers. The center also has wildlife spotting scopes so you can spot the inlet wildlife, such as seals, porpoises, and whales.
Chilkoot Lake State Recreation Site
Located ten miles northeast of Haines. Chilkoot Lake State Recreation Site and surrounding area offers some of the best salmon fishing in Southeast Alaska, with four salmon runs, starting in mid-June and ending in mid-October.
Chugach State Park
At the foothills at Anchorage Alaska lies the third largest state park in America. Chugach State Park half-million acres of some of the most accessible hiking, skiing, camping, wildlife viewing, snowmachining, rafting, and climbing in Alaska, include clear blue waters at Eklutna Lake, Eagle River, or Bird Creek.
Clearwater State Recreational Site
Clearwater River provide excellent fishing opportunities for Arctic Grayling, whitefish, and salmon. Clearwater State Recreation Site is reached by turning onto Clearwater Road of the Alaska Highway, or by turning onto Jack Warren Road on Richardson Highway.
Decision Point State Marine Park
Located at the eastern end of Passage Canal approximately eight miles from Whittier. Decision Point State Marine Park is generally used by kayakers and small boat users, as there is no adequate anchorage. Along with forested uplands of spruce and hemlock, there are two excellent camping beaches. Intertidal life on the rocks at Decision Point may be viewed during minus tides
Deep Creek State Recreation Area
The halibut and king salmon runs at Deep Creek are legendary. Deep Creek State Recreation Area is located at mile 137.3 of the Sterling Highway near Ninilchik. It is adjacent to the shores of Cook Inlet with excellent scenic views of Mt. Iliamna and Mt. Redoubt. Razor Clams: The beaches from Clam Gulch to Ninilchik are the most popular areas for digging razor clams in Alaska.
Delta State Recreation Site
Located in Delta Junction at mile 267 of the Richardson Hwy. Popular campground for those traveling between Tok and Fairbanks. On a clear day one of the tallest mountains of the Alaska Range, Mt. Hayes with an elevation of 13,832 feet, can be viewed from the park.
Denali State Park
Located about 100 air miles north of Anchorage and is divided roughly in half by the George Parks Highway, the major road link between Anchorage and Fairbanks. Denali State Park's 325,240 acres, provide the visitor with a great variety of recreational opportunities, ranging from roadside camping to wilderness exploration. Denali State Park has superb vantage points for viewing the breathtaking heart of the Alaska Range. From the alpine tundra of Curry Ridge to the river bottoms of the meandering Tokositna River, Denali State Park varied landscape is home to a diverse array of wildlife, and all five species of Pacific salmon spawn within the waters of the park and share the streams with rainbow trout, arctic grayling, and Dolly Varden. Small numbers of lake trout inhabit Byers, Spink, and Lucy Lakes. Burbot and whitefish can also be found in Byers Lake.
Donnelly Creek State Recreation Site
32 miles south of Delta Junction at mile 238 of the Richardson Highway. Donnelly Creek State Recreation Site located on the braided Delta River, with views of some of the tallest peaks of the Alaska Range.
Driftwood Bay State Marine Park
Located along the southwest coast of Day Harbor to the east of Resurrection Bay, a twenty-three mile boat ride from Seward. Driftwood Bay State Marine Park the largest of the area's marine parks at 1,480 acres, offers excellent mountain views and wildlife viewing opportunities.
Eagle Trail State Recreation Site
16 miles south of Tok at mile 109.5 of the Tok Cut-Off Highway. Historical features of the campground include the Valdez-Eagle Trail, the Old Slana Highway, and the Washington-Alaska Military Cable and Telephone System (WAMCATS).
Entry Cove State Marine Park
Located two miles directly east of Decision Point on the northeast corner where Passage Canal and Port Wells meet. Entry Cove State Marine Park is used by larger groups of kayakers. The lagoon is a good site for clamming.
Ft Abercrombie State Historical Park
The historic ruins of a World War II coastal defense installation coupled with the steep surf-pounded cliffs, spruce forests, wildflower meadows, and a lake offer the public a unique opportunity to learn of the events of World War II while enjoying the natural beauty of the park.
Granite Bay State Marine Park
Located on the northwest corner of Esther Island about 25 miles from Whittier. Granite Bay State Marine Park includes two bays, protective islands, muskeg and old growth forest uplands. Many lakes and ponds dot the uplands.
Halibut Point State Recreation Site
Located along the ocean four miles north of downtown Sitka, Halibut Point State Recreation Site is a popular day use recreation area. The ocean beach offers people a chance to beach comb and explore the inter-tidal zone.
Harding Lake State Recreation Area
45 miles south of Fairbanks on the Richardson Highway. A boat launch facility gives access to the lake for those having canoes, motorized boats, jet skis or other watercraft.
Horseshoe Bay State Marine Park
Horseshoe Bay on Latouche Island is located three miles northeast of the new town of Chenega Bay. Horseshoe Bay State Marine Park bay is one of the only anchorages left with public uplands in this area of the sound.
Independence Mine State Historical Park
GOLD! discovered just southeast of Anchorage in 1886. From there prospectors spread into the Susitna and Matanuska river basins, testing the creeks in the nearby mountains. Gold scattered in quartz veins throughout the granite in the Talkeetna Mountains. What is now called Independence Mine was once two mines: The Alaska Free Gold (Martin) Mine on Skyscraper Mountain, and Independence Mine on Granite Mountain. In 1938 the two were bought together under one company, In 1974, Independence Mine was entered into the National Register of Historic Places, Independence Mine State Historical Park.
Jack Bay State Marine Park
Located 15 miles from Valdez, southeast of Valdez Narrows. The uplands of the park consist of alder, muskeg, salt marsh and old growth forest of spruce and hemlock.
Johnson Lake State Recreation Area
332 acre area surrounding Johnson Lake.
Kachemak Bay & Wilderness State Park
Alaska痴 first state park, and only wilderness park, contains roughly 400,000 acres. Kachemak Bay is a critical habitat area, supporting many species of marine life. Visitors frequently observe sea otters, seals, porpoise and whales. Skiers and hikers will find glaciers and snowfields stretching for miles. Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park attractions include Grewingk Glacier, Poot Peak, China Poot Bay, Halibut Cove Lagoon, Humpy Creek, and China Poot (Leisure) Lake.
Kasilof River State Recreation Site
Located fifteen miles south of Soldotna along the Sterling Highway on the Kenai Peninsula. People have lived on the Kenai Peninsula for over 8,000 years. The land and waters provide plentiful fish, especially salmon, and game. Russian traders built Fort George near the mouth of the Kasilof River in 1786. located in a wooded setting along the Kasilof River, adjacent to the Sterling Highway bridge. Kasilof River SRS is a popular put-in and take-out spot for drift fishing on the Kasilof River.
Kayak Island State Marine Park
Kayak Island lies in the Gulf of Alaska some 50 miles southeast of Cordova. Kayak Island State Marine Park is famed for being the site where the first European, Georg Steller, set foot in Alaska on July 1741.
Lower Chatanika State Recreation Area
570-acre recreation area near mile 11 of the Elliott Highway.
Magoun Islands State Marine Park
Located near Krestof Sound, approximately 12 miles northwest of Sitka. Access to Magoun Islands State Marine Park is primarily by boat and the park remains undeveloped with no visitor facilities. Attractions at this marine park include protected island sheltered bays with opportunities for camping, hunting, fishing, exploring, and beach combing.
Moon Lake State Recreation Site
Located 15 miles northwest of Tok, Moon Lake State Recreation Site offers a variety of water recreation opportunities.
Mosquito Lake State Recreation Site
27 miles northwest of Haines off the Haines Highway.
quiet campground of 5 sites is nestled next to Mosquito Lake, in a Sitka spruce and Western hemlock forest.
Nancy Lake State Recreation Area
Ninety-minute drive north of Anchorage along the Parks Highway. Nancy Lake State Recreation Area is scoured by massive glaciers, which once covered it. When the ice retreated some 9,000 years ago, it left a rolling landscape of elongated glacial deposits, called drumlins, dotted with hundreds of lakes and ponds. Two prehistoric village sites have been identified just outside the recreation area.
Ninilchik State Recreation Area
Located on the west side of the Kenai Peninsula, about 40 miles south of Soldotna. Ninilchik State Recreation Area, Three separate state park campgrounds comprise the Ninilchik State Recreation Area, Ninilchik View, Ninilchik Beach and Ninilchik campground.
Pasagshak River Recreation Site
Alaska sport fishing destination through-out the summer. Ninilchik State Recreation Area is considered one of the outstanding sport fishing streams on Kodiak Island, angling annually for Dolly Varden, sockeye, pink, chum, and silver salmon.
Point Bridge State Park
Forty miles north of Juneau. Point Bridget State Park gold was found north of Berners Bay and east of Point Bridget. Point Bridget was named in 1794 by Captain Vancouver.
Portage Cove State Recreation Site
Sits on the water's edge near downtown Haines.
Quartz Lake Recreation Area
Ten miles north of Delta Junction and is reached by a three-mile road at mile 277.8 of the Richardson Hwy. Quartz Lake State Recreation Area, 600 acre park which often attracts large crowds due to the variety of recreational opportunities available.
Resurrection Bay State Marine Parks
Five State Marine Parks (SMP), accessible only by boat, stretch along the eastern side of Resurrection Bay and around Cape Resurrection to Day Harbor.
Safety Cove State Marine Park
Features a three acre fresh water lake. The cobble beach at the cove痴 head provides a reliable kayak or small boat haulout spot. Safety Cove State Marine Park is located along the western side of Day Harbor to the east of Resurrection Bay.
Sandspit Point State Marine Park
Also know as Fox Island Spit. Sandspit Point SMP lies at the north end of Fox Island.
Sawmill Bay State Marine Park
Sealion Cove State Marine Park
Offers more adventurous people an opportunity to explore a remote sandy beach on the Gulf of Alaska. This park is located on the north end of Kruzof Island, approximately 25 miles northwest of Sitka.
Security Bay State Marine Park
Located on the north end of Kuiu Island. Security Bay State Marine Park provides safe haven anchorage for vessels in an area of large open water. The nearest village is Kake, about twenty miles to the east. There is a historic native site is in the park.
Shoup Bay State Marine Park
Shuyak Island State Park
Located 54 air miles north of Kodiak, Alaska. Shuyak Island's compact dimensions measure 12 miles long and 11 miles wide, but contain more sheltered interior waterways than anywhere in the Kodiak Archipelago. Shuyak Island State Park comprises most of the island's 47,000 acres.
South Esther Island State Marine Park
This marine park is located on the southern end of Esther Island, including Lake and Quillian Bays. Lake Bay houses one of the world's largest fish hatcheries, facility offers tours to visitors free of charge.
Stariski State Recreation Site
Sullivan Island State Marine Park
South of Chilkat Island SMP and 20 air miles south of Haines. This 2,720-acre park sits at the south end of Sullivan Island.
Summit Lake State Recreation Site
Sunny Cove State Marine Park
Fourteen miles south of Seward at the south end of Fox Island (Renard Island) in Resurrection Bay. The cove faces west, providing a good view of Callisto Head, Bear Glacier and Kenai Fjords National Park. Sunny Cove State Marine Park is popular as an anchorage for sailboats and power boats.
Surprise Cove State Marine Park
Thumb Cove State Marine Park
720 acres, with a long beach of sand. Thumb Cove State Marine Park has a geologic feature towering above the park, Porcupine Glacier. Thumb Cove State Marine Park is located approximately nine miles south of Seward on the east side of Resurrection Bay.
Tok River State Recreation Site
Totem Bight State Historical Park
The villages and totem poles left behind were soon overgrown by forests and eroded by weather. In 1938 the U.S. Forest Services began a program aimed at salvaging and reconstructing these large cedar monuments. The Clan House, A community house or clanhouse housed 30 to 50 people, the dwelling served as living quarters for several families of a particular lineage. Totems, skillfully carved by artists in Southeast Alaska, reflect these resources with symbolic characters carved on totem poles and on the community house at Totem Bight State Historical Park. Totem poles were not worshipped, they were silent storytellers. There was no written language. The rich resources of this area enabled the people who lived here to have the leisure time necessary to develop their art.
Upper Chatanika State Recreation Site
Wickersham State Historic Site
Consists of the home of Alaska's Pioneer Judge, James Wickersham Built in 1898 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Wood-Tikchik State Park
Is the largest state park in the nation, at 1.6 million acres. There are two separate large, interconnected lakes. Fishing for all five species of Pacific salmon - king, sockeye (red), pink, silver, and chum - spawn in the Wood River and Tikchik systems. Freshwater fishing for rainbow trout, grayling, lake trout, arctic char, dolly varden, and northern pike is popular throughout the area.
Ziegler Cove State Marine Park
Located on of northern side at the mouth of Pigot Bay 18 miles from Whittier. A protected anchorage with good-holding bottom.