Finger Lake State Recreation Site is located 0.7 mile west of the Trunk Road/Bogard Road intersection. The campground offers a quiet retreat between two cities, Palmer and Wasilla. There are 24 campsites, 2 group-use campsites, 25 picnic sites, water, toilets, and a boat launch. The recreation site provides lake access for boaters and sport fisherman. Finger Lake has good fishing for Rainbow, Arctic Char, and Grayling with access to winter ice fishing.
Lake Louise State Recreational Area is located near Glennallen in the Copper Valley. Lake Louise is a favorite playground for Alaskans year-round. Area activities include camping, fishing, boating, bird watching, hiking, biking, berry picking, snow machining, skiing, skating, hunting, and Northern Lights viewing. Lake Louise offers great year round fishing and sports four species of fish: lake trout, whitefish, burbot and arctic grayling. The lake trout run from 8 to 12 pounds, but 20 pounders are not uncommon.
This quiet, family campground is nestled on Byers Lake at the foot of Kesugi Ridge and is an access point to Kesugi Ridge trail via the Cascade trail. The area offers spectacular views of Mt. Denali. It is located 147 miles north of Anchorage and 90 miles from the National Park Service entrance. Burbot, Lake and Rainbow Trout fishing. Byers Lake has three Public-Use Cabins for nightly rental.
Summit Lake State Recreation Site is located at mile 19.6 Hatcher Pass Road, approximately 2 miles past the Independence Mine State Historic Park turnoff. Hatcher Pass Summit is in the park at an elevation of 3,886 feet. Road access to the park is limited to the summer months, usually July thru late September. The Hatcher Pass Road is maintained by the Alaska Department of Transportation in cooperation with Alaska State Parks.
The broad Susitna river Valley, including what is now the recreation area, was 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.
GOLD! A magic word that time cannot tarnish; a soft metal with the strength to forge history. Gold was the magnet that drew thousands of adventurers to the last frontier. Though most Alaskans recognize that gold played an important part in Alaska’s history, they normally think first of Nome, Fairbanks, or the Iditarod country. But even before a quarter-of-a-million gold seekers began their stampede into those famous areas, gold was 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.
Denali State Park is an integral part of one of North America’s most spectacularly beautiful regions. The park’s 325,240 acres, almost one-half the size of Rhode Island, provide the visitor with a great variety of recreational opportunities, ranging from roadside camping to wilderness exploration. The park is 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. Situated between the Talkeetna Mountains to the east and the Alaska Range to the west, the landscape varies from meandering lowland streams to alpine tundra. Dominating this diverse terrain are Curry and Kesugi Ridges, a 35 mile-long north/south alpine ridge, the backbone of the eastern half of the park.