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Last Update: March 22, 2019

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New Director's Orders Regarding Various State Park Fees

Parking, Camping, Boat Launch, Historic Site Access, Programs, Sanitation, and Firewood
Fees for Public Use Cabins
Fees for Reserved Use of Park Facilities
Fees for Special Use Permits


State Parks receives trail grooming grant for Independence Mine

March 11, 2019 (Palmer, AK) – The Mat Su/Copper River Basin area of Alaska State Parks has received a $15,000 grooming grant for cross-country skiing trails at Independence Mine State Historical Park.

Located in Hatcher Pass, the Independence Mine park registers about 10,000 user-days each winter. This grant from Friends of State Parks (FoSP), Mat-Su will help park managers achieve their goal of providing groomed trails, said Superintendent Stuart Leidner.

“We are grateful that Friends of State Parks, Mat-Su provided this grant this year, which will help us keep over 5 kilometers of cross-country ski trails groomed at the Independence Mine area for the remainder of the 2019 season,” Leidner said. “Such grooming is not always guaranteed, in the face of limited funds for park operations overall, and for trail grooming specifically,” he added.

The Independence Mine park is a beloved recreation destination for Alaska residents, providing excellent year-round access for outdoor enthusiasts. It is a popular winter destination and often has some of Southcentral Alaska’s earliest snow.

Friends of State Parks, Mat-Su was founded in 2000. As a registered 501(c)3, the group works to enhance and protect the natural, historical and recreational resources within state park units of the Mat-Su/Copper River basin. FoSP fundraising has grown to provide more than $150,000 in grants to support Mat-Su State Parks and recreational areas. More information is available at: www.fospmatus.org.

For more information on Alaska State Parks, visit: alaskastateparks.org or find us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

CONTACT: Stuart Leidner, (907) 745-8935, stuart.leidner@alaska.gov


Alaska State Parks welcomes first "Park Ambassador"

February 11, 2019 (Anchorage, AK) – In an effort to grow family-friendly opportunities and encourage more visitors to Alaska State Parks, the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation is introducing its first State Parks Ambassador program and volunteer Park Ambassador, Erin Kirkland of "AKontheGo."

As Park Ambassador, Kirkland will partner with Alaska State Parks in planning and promoting kid-friendly events and activities, showcasing the State Park system’s resources for families and kids, and encouraging families to get outdoors.

"A partnership like this allows us to highlight all that our park areas hold for kids and families," said Matt Wedeking, operations manager of the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation. "I'm excited to see where this new partnership leads."

Kirkland is a freelance journalist, publishing the well-known family travel and outdoor website AKontheGO.com. She is the author of the “Alaska On the Go” guidebook series, and an avid supporter of Alaska’s State Parks, especially for families.

“I’m thrilled to be working with State Park leadership to help more kids and parents discover what’s possible in Alaska’s State Park system,” she said.

Kirkland and Alaska State Parks are currently planning a “Kids to Parks” event for May 18, 2019 and a Family Adventure Day in August. Follow “AKontheGO” and Alaska State Parks on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated on these events and more.

For more information on Alaska State Parks, visit our website: alaskastateparks.org or find us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

CONTACT: Wendy Sailors, (907) 269-8738, wendy.sailors@alaska.gov


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
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Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 269-8700
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