With More Than 1,600,000 Acres To Explore, Alaska’s Largest State Park Is Worthy Of A Multi-Day Adventure
If you’re looking to enjoy some of the best of what Alaska has to offer, then head to Alaska’s largest state park: Wood-Tikchik State Park! With over 1,600,000 acres to explore, this is one park that has tons to see and do. This rustic, remote state park is an Alaskan adventurer’s dream!
Wood-Tikchik State Park is a wonderful, giant state park in Alaska.
Coming in at a whopping 1.6 million acres, there’s tons of area to explore. Located outside of Dillingham, in southwestern Alaska, this state park is in a class of its own.
The park is the size of the state of Delaware and accounts for more than half the state of Alaska’s state park land.
The park is so huge, but so remote, that only one park ranger ever patrols it, and that’s usually by aircraft. The first five years of its existence after it was established in 1978 had no park rangers at all!
The park is named after two large lakes that reside within the boundaries, Wood and Tikchik.
The two separate systems of large, interconnected, clear water lakes, are the highlight of the park and worth seeing. The lakes cover a variety of terrain and vegetative zones, and they are well known for their diverse beauty.
The park is most well known because all five species of Pacific salmon (king, sockeye, pink, silver, and chum,) spawn in the Wood River and Tikchik waters.
There is also an abundance of wildlife in the park. Expect to see black and brown bear, moose, caribou, and many other species of animals in the area.
The best way to get to Wood-Tikchik State Park is by air.
Not only is the view coming in absolutely spectacular, but you get to land on the water, too. It makes for a stunning ride!
You can camp anywhere in the park.
But, a couple of locations in the Upper Tikchik Lakes area do require a permit. You’ll also need one for Nishlik, Slate, Upnuk and Chikuminuk Lakes, and Tikchik River if you’re camping or floating the area.
This state park is absolutely wondrous.
If you have the opportunity to explore it, don’t pass it up! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and it’s the largest state park in Alaska.
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Wood-Tikchik State Park, Dillingham, AK 99576, USA