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Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Find Your Way Into Alaska State Parks...
Explore the outdoors...
See the history...
Discover the majesty...
Father and son stand in front of waterfall

A System of Dreams

That’s what Neil Johannsen, the longest-serving director of Alaska State Parks, calls the state agency that started out simply—the result of the dreams of a few hardy individuals—and now oversees more than 156 park units from Alaska’s far north to the tips of Southeast. Alaska’s park system encompasses some three-million acres of land and water; by far the most acreage of any state park system in the country.

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Latest News Release:

Independence Mine historic buildings to remain closed this summer

February 13, 2020 (Anchorage, AK) – Visitors to the Independence Mine State Historical Park in Hatcher Pass will be welcome to explore the park and the outside of historical buildings this summer, but reductions in park resources and staff will keep the buildings closed to interior visits...

More News:

  • 1/15/20 Kenai River Management Area advisory board recruiting members

  • 12/24/19 Ice fishing huts available for rent at Birch Lake and Quartz Lake

  • 12/12/19 New Trail Connector to be Added to K’esugi Ridge Trail

  • 11/25/19 Alaska State Parks to waive parking fees on day after Thanksgiving

  • 11/25/19 Survey seeks public views on Chena River shooting range’s future

  • 11/8/19 Albert Loop Trail Reopened at Eagle River Nature Center

  • 11/4/19 Alaska State Park annual parking passes go on sale Nov. 15


Alaska State Parks depends on volunteers to help manage and maintain our parks. Volunteers provide services that would not otherwise be offered. In turn, volunteers receive valuable training and experience for their service. There are several facets to the VIP program. Perhaps one of them is right for you!

Alaska State Parks Volunteers

Mission Statement

"The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation provides outdoor recreation opportunities and conserves and interprets natural, cultural, and historic resources for the use, enjoyment, and welfare of the people."

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Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Atwood Building
550 West 7th Avenue
Suite 1380
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 269-8700
Fax: (907) 269-8907