(Fish Creek Park)
MATANUSKA RIVER PARK - CAMPGROUND - OPENS MAY 18. 2013
(Palmer) Mile 17 Old Glenn Highway. Eighty-six (86) spaces for tents or RV's (20 caravan sites), central comfort station featuring flush toilets and hot showers, RV dump station, picnic tables, grills, four (4) park pavilions, playground equipment, horseshoe pit, a sand volleyball court, trails and river access, observation deck, parking areas, campfire area, firewood, and group camping area. For additional campground information, contact MSB Parks at 745-9690 or 745-2856. For pavilion rental information call 745-9578.
$10.00 camping fee (2 tent/2 vehicle limit per site) $15.00 per vehicle w/hookups. Park opens by Memorial Day weekend and closes at freeze-up in the fall.
LAZY MOUNTAIN RECREATION AREA - OPENS MAY 18. 2013
(Lazy Mountain) turn onto Clark-Wolverine Road at mile 15.9 Old Glenn Highway; proceed to intersection, turn right on Huntley Road, proceed to Recreation Area at end of road. The area offers views of the Knik and Matanuska River watersheds, Cook Inlet, Pioneer Peak and various Buttes. Facilities include toilet, paved parking lot, horse and hiking trails. NOTE: A nearby spring is NOT approved for public consumption. The recreation area is best known for its trail that traverses from the parking area to the summit of Lazy Mountain. (non-motorized)
VOLUNTEER PARK - OPENS MAY 18, 2013
Located adjacent to the Cottonwood Public Safety Building at the intersection of Seward Meridian Parkway and the Palmer-Wasilla Highway. The landscaped day use park offers a pavilion, picnic tables, grills, and sand volleyball and horseshoe courts for informal family or group use. No restrooms are available. Contact MSB at 745-9578 for information on reserving a pavilion.
FISH CREEK PARK - OPENS MAY 18, 2013
(Big Lake) South Big Lake Road at Fish Creek. The 3-acre day use area provides access to Fish Creek. Organized facilities include a salmon observation deck (species prevalent during August), pavilion, tables, picnic area, restroom, fitness court, parking, playground and open lawn area. Contact MSB at 745-9578 for information on reserving a pavilion.
** Fish Creek Conditional Use Permit Info for aircraft launching; please click here
DESHKA RIVER - CAMPGROUND & PRIMITIVE CAMPS
The land owned by the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and the State of Alaska which is adjacent to the Deshka River from the mouth up river to river mile (RM) 11 is managed by the MSB Community Development Department.
The following are descriptions of the three types of permits available for those wishing to camp along the first eleven miles of the Deshka River this summer:
(Willow area - Access by boat of plane only) The campsites are available on a first-come first serve basis for non-commercial use only. There are 21 campsites and 2 ADA campsites each with a picnic table and fire ring. There are public porta-can toilet facilities and boat storage areas. Register for a campsite at the self-registration station.
Rates for campground use are $8.00 daily, $50.00 weekly with a maximum stay of 1 week and 6 people per camp. Open mid May to mid August.
Primitive Camp Permits
Areas along the river that are not part of the campground, or reserved for seasonal permit holders, are open for "primitive" camping. Campers may register and purchase a permit at the self-registration station located in the campground. Permits for primitive camping allow personal use of borough or state owned land, within the eleven mile corridor, on a daily or weekly basis. Those who plan on floating the river and expect to camp between RM 0 and 11. You can pre-register by phone, mail, or in person at the borough offices in Palmer.
The fee for primitive camping is $5.00 daily, $30.00 weekly, with a maximum stay of 2 weeks and 6 people per camp.
CHRISTIANSEN LAKE PARK - OPENS MAY 18, 2013
Christiansen Lake Park is a small day-use park located on the west side of Christiansen Lake, east of the community of Talkeetna. There are several picnic sites, a swimming beach, three pavilions and a boat launch for small car top boats or canoes. The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the summer (Memorial Day through Labor Day).
|Boat Launch per vehicle (parking included)
|Boat Launch Annual Pass
|- Per Canoe / per day
|- Per Canoe / seven days
|Paddles & Personal Flotation Device (2 paddles, 2 PFD's, deposit refunded when returned in good condition)
||$ 30.00 deposit
|Trailhead Parking Fee (improved trailheads)
||$ 3.00 per visit
|Trailhead Annual Parking Pass (good for one year)
TALKEETNA RIVER PARK - CAMPGROUND - OPENS MAY 18, 2013
(Talkeetna) Located at the end of Main Street in downtown Talkeetna. This is a wooded area close to the river, with twelve (12) tent camping sites with picnic tables and fire rings. Close to many recreational amenities located downtown such as trails, river trips, fishing, train station, gift shops, and restaurants. For additional campground information, contact MSB Parks at 745-9690 or 745-2856.
$10.00 camping fee per site (6 people per site - 2 tent limit with a maximum stay of two weeks) no RVs allowed. Park opens by Memorial Day weekend and closes at freeze-up in the fall.
Parks & Outdoor Recreation
Office: (907) 745-9578
350 E Dahlia Avenue
Palmer, Ak 99645