Nature June 04, 2017
10 Under-Appreciated State Parks In Alaska You’re Sure To Love
There are obvious places to travel in Alaska, and then there are places a little farther off the beaten path. But for the adventurer, these Alaska State Parks are must-see destinations. They may not get as much attention or be as close to a city as some, but these parks are precious jewels of Alaska. Head to these parks for pristine wilderness, staggering views, and amazing access to rivers, mountains and wildlife. You’ll never forget a visit the Alaska’s under appreciated State Parks.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Wood-Tikchik State Park, near Dillingham
At nearly 1.6 million acres, Wood-Tikchik State Park is the largest and most remote state park in the nation. Lake Aleknagik pictured here is an immensely serene and beautiful place to paddle around and explore.
2. Moon Lake State Recreation, near Tok
Located 15 miles northwest of Tok, near the US-Canadian border, Moon Lake is a gorgeous spot tucked in the trees. Featuring a boat launch and 15 campsites.
3. Big Delta State Historic Park, near Delta
Rika's Roadhouse was constructed in 1913 and is on the National Registry of Historic places. This lovely little park near Delta has walking trails and historic buildings with a great deal of information about the history of the area from the Gold Rush to WWII to the Pipeline days of the 1970's.
4. Decision Point State Marine Park, near Whittier
Approximately eight miles from Whittier, this point is where you decide to pass into the larger expanse of Port Wells at the eastern end of Passage Canal. This idyllic spot features three tent platforms, a cooking area, bear-proof food locker and a latrine a little father away.
5. Kenai River Special Management Area, near Soldotna
An angler's paradise, this spot has some of the best salmon fishing in the world! There are 36 species of fish to catch in addition to all the other wildlife you can view. This peaceful river spot is perfect for camping.
6. Clam Gulch State Rec Area, Ninilchik
This beautiful, spacious sandy beach is perfect for sand castles and cartwheels. Spend a day enjoying the waves and exploring the beach. Currently closed for clam digging, but still a lovely place for a day trip.
7. Caines Head State Recreation Area, south of Seward
This scenes site is an abandoned WWII fort and can be reached on foot or by boat from Seward. Shale covered beaches, forrested shoreline, and historical areas cover this 6000 acre state park area.
8. Nancy Lake State Rec Area, near Willow
Nancy Lake is one of the few flat, lake-studded landscapes in Alaska specifically for recreation. Padle a boat around the small, easy lakes for a great day trip with the family. Camping, hiking and fishing are all possible at this peaceful country locale.
9. Pasagshak State Recreational Site, Kodiak
A campground and walking trails are at this off the beaten path location on Kodiak Island, but so worth the journey. This lush area is covered with wildflowers in the summer, an amazing place for a summer camping trip or picnic. Paddle down the Pasagshak River to the Bay and fish along the way.
10. Anchor Point State Rec Area, near Soldotna
Anchor Point is one of Alaska's best fishing locations, and a beautiful place to spend a day. Catch a King Salmon in late May or early June, with a permit of course!
Have you been to any of these parks? Tell us about it in the comments below.