Chugach State Park


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Chugach State Park


Location:East of Anchorage, along Glenn and Seward Highways.
Facilities:135 campsites (all 3 campgrounds have overflow areas), group use area, 2 cabins, yurt, picnic areas and shelters, trails, nature center, gift shop, restrooms, snack bar.
Activities:Camping, fishing, boating, wind surfing, hiking, ATV riding, bicycling, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, whale watching, mountain climbing, glacier travel, interpretive programs, guided nature walks, guided backcountry wilderness hikes, wildlife viewing, cross-country and downhill skiing, snowshoeing, dogsledding, snowmobiling, ice climbing.
Special Features:One of the largest state parks in the United States, Chugach ranges in elevation from sea level to 8,000 feet and includes vegetation zones that vary from dense forest to alpine tundra. Although the predominant feature of the park is the breathtaking alpine scenery, the park offers other remarkable phenomena such as the bore tide in Turnagain Arm -- twice a day, a wall of water up to six feet high races up the channel as the tide comes in. The park supports an abundance of wildlife, maintains an extensive trail system, and offers a variety of recreational opportunities year round.
Address:c/o Chugach Area Office
HC 52 Box 8999
Indian, AK 99540

Phone:907-345-5014
Fax:907-345-6982
Web: www.dnr.state.ak.us/parks/units/chugach
Size: 495,204 acres.

See other parks in Alaska.
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This day-use area in Chugach State Park is operated by the Anchorage Ski Club, which turns 70 years old this winter.
But that, too, is limited, by the waters of Knik Arm and the rocky Chugach State Park, as well as Eklutna tribal lands, Fort Richardson Army Base and acres of wetlands.
Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau's 1993 study found that the Top 10 Spring/Summer Attractions for visitors to Southcentral Alaska were Portage Glacier, Anchorage Museum of History & Art, Kenai River, Prince William Sound, Columbia Glacier, Chugach State Park, Resurrection Bay, Lake Hood Air Harbor, Alyeska Resort and College Fjord.
Four area golf courses, 162 parks and the foothills and mountains of Chugach State Park and Chugach National Forest provide room for all sorts of outdoor activities.
Figures from the National Park Service indicate that nearly 108,000 people visited Seward's Kenai Fjords National Park in 1991, while Chugach State Park officials estimated that 600,000 visitors went to Portage Valley.
Ellison Air has several glacier and wildlife viewing tours and a set of unique tours giving aerial views of Anchorage, Cook Inlet, and the Susitna Valley; the Susitna River tour flies along the Susitna River and over some of the homesteads, fish camps, and a section of the Iditarod Trail, all in the shadow of Mount Susitna, known locally as "Sleeping Lady;" the Chugach State Park II tour takes guests into the Chugach Mountains to view Knik and Colony glaciers; a bear viewing tour consisting of the opportunity to observe bears from the safety and convenience of a small boat; and the Mount McKinley tour over Denali National Park includes landing on a remote lake for up-close photo opportunities.
He's won top honors for his maps four times: most recently in 2010 for the "best in show" award from the Cartography and Geographic Information Society for his Essential Geography of the United States of America; in 2002 for his rendition of Chugach State Park in Alaska; in 1998 for the state of Oregon; and in 1995 for an up-close look at the terrain of the Wallowa Mountains.
More experienced skiers can hit the backcountry trails of Chugach State Park east of Town; 345-5014.
3-4--Color) Above, the pristine beauty of Chugach State Park near Anchorage is one of the beauties along the Alaska Marine Highway system.
For example, users of Chugach State Park in Alaska marched last year to inaugurate a park watch program aimed at taking back their ark from criminals engaged in illegal tree-cutting, theft, and vandalism in Chugach.
Meanwhile, a week or so after the Crabtree encounter, a smaller black bear was shot by a Fish and Game officer after it climbed into a Subaru near Chugach State Park and refused to leave.
They want to see Portage Glacier, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, go for a hike in Chugach State Park, or ride the Alaska Railroad to Denali National Park and Preserve.