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Alaska State Parks



Alagnak Wild River
Anchor River State Recreation Area
Baranof Castle Hill State Historic Site
Big Delta State Historical Park
Birch Lake State Recreation Area
Caines Head State Recreation Area
Captain Cook State Recreation Area
Chena River State Recreation Area
Chilkat State Park
Chilkoot Lake State Recreation Site
Chugach State Park
Clam Gulch State Recreation Area
Clearwater State Recreation Site
Crooked Creek State Recreation Site
Deep Creek State Recreation Area
Delta State Recreation Site
Denali State Park
Donnelly Creek State Recreation Site
Eagle Trail State Recreation Site
Fielding Lake State Recreation Site
Halibut Point State Recreation Site
Harding Lake State Recreation Area
Independence Mine State Historical Park
Johnson Lake State Recreation Area
Kachemak Bay State Park
Kasilof River State Recreation Site
Lower Chatanika State Recreation Area
Moon Lake State Recreation Site
Mosquito Lake State Recreation Site
Nancy Lake State Recreation Area
Ninilchik State Recreation Area
Old Sitka State Historic Site
Point Bridget State Park
Quartz Lake State Recreation Area
Salcha River State Recreation Site
Stariski State Recreation Site
Sullivan Island State Marine Park
Summit Lake State Recreation Site
Tok River State Recreation Site
Totem Bight State Historical Park
Upper Chatanika State Recreation Site
Wood-Tikchik State Park

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General Information

Description - The parks are divided into these categories: state parks, state recreation sites, state recreation areas, state historical parks, state historic sites, state trails, wilderness parks, state marine parks and preserves.

Attractions - Some of the parkland is undeveloped, but many of the parks have campgrounds, fishing and picnic tables. The parks are accessible by road, except for marine parks, which require visitors to use boats or airplanes. Western Alaska's Wood-Tikchik and Lake Aleknagik parks, for example, require a flight to Dillingham and then a boat or plane ride to the park.

Fees are charged for most parks. State budgeting has eliminated amenities at some parks; private organizations have picked up the slack in some cases.

Other popular parks in Southcentral Alaska include Nancy Lake State Recreation Area near Willow and Independence Mine State Historical Park near Palmer and Wasilla.

Recreation - A wide variety of recreation is available in Alaska, including excellent fishing, camping, hiking and backpacking.

Climate - The climate in Alaska varies with terrain and region. The south-central region of the state is most temperate because it is protected from cold northern winds by the Alaska Range. The large bodies of water that lies closely to this area create a stabilizing factor for the air temperature. Southeast Alaska is wet. An average of 80 inches of rain comes to this region directly from the Gulf of Alaska. In contrast to the southeastern region, the interior receives very little precipitation. The winters are long in this region with spring, summer and fall taking place from May through September. The western coast of Alaska experiences long, cold winters and short, chilly summers. This area is very far north and at the mercy of huge water bodies that don't warm. Southwestern Alaska experiences foggy, wet summers with high temperatures reaching 60 degrees F. Winters are severe on this long peninsula of land with storms rising from the surrounding waters frequently. The average rainfall for the region is 75 inches/year.

Location - Maps and directions to each Alaska State Park are available on the pages describing each individual park.


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Alaska - Alaska is a vast territory. The federal lands in this state equal one third the total of the same in the lower 48 states. Recreation opportunities abound in the region although alternative means of transportation are necessary.

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