How Many State Parks Are in Alaska?

How Many State Parks Are in Alaska?
In the 49th state there are 95 state park areas, which include not only state parks but also recreation areas and sites, campgrounds, memorials and historical parks. These parks are located as far north as Fairbanks and as far southeast as Ketchikan.

Southwest

There are eight state park areas located in Alaska's southwest region including Kodiak, made up of two state parks, five state recreation sites and one historical park. Wood-Tikchic State Park is one of these and includes 1.6 million acres of land. It is the largest state park in the nation and is named for its interconnected clear water lake systems that give it its water-based ecosystems.

Kenai/Prince William Sound

In the Kenai/Prince William Sound region there are 15 state recreation areas, including 11 state marine parks in the Prince William Sound area alone. In this area is Kachemak Bay State Wilderness Park, which was Alaska's first state park. It is also the only wilderness park and supports many species of marine and land animals such as mountain goats, wolves and whales due to its terrain, which includes mountains, glaciers and forests, as well as ocean.

Mat-su/Copper River

There are 16 parks in the Mat-su/Copper River Basin Region including the Matanuska State Recreation Site and Hatcher Pass Management Area. There is also Denali State Park, which consists of lowland rivers and alpine tundra. Visitors can take part in activities such as camping or berry picking while enjoying a view of Mt. McKinley as it is the neighbor to Denali National Park.

Northern

The northern area around Fairbanks has 10 state recreation areas, including the Chena River State Recreation Area, Delta State Recreation Site and Quartz Lake State Recreation Area. This whole region is full of rivers, lakes and forests as well as alpine tundra. Hiking, dog sledding, rock climbing and fishing are just a few of the common activities found in the area. There are also hundreds of campsites.

Southeast

Southeast Alaska has 13 state recreation sites, areas, preserves, parks or historic sites. It also has 22 state marine parks. This region includes Point Bridget State Park where there are several put-ins for sea kayaking, Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, Chilkat State Park and the Taku Harbor State Marine Park.

Article Written By Naomi Judd

Naomi M. Judd is a naturalist, artist and writer. Her work has been published in various literary journals, newspapers and websites. Judd holds a self-designed Bachelor of Arts in adventure writing from Plymouth State University and is earning a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine.

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