Parks and Public Lands

Parks and Public Lands

Camping in Parks

Alaska's unique beauty and vast wilderness areas are among its greatest treasures. More than half the nation's parklands are found here, located in every geographic area of the state.


 

National Parks

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, with over 13 million acres, is the nation's largest national park. Combined with contiguous Canadian parks and Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, this is the largest internationally protected area in the world.

Created in 1910 to preserve Tlingit and early Russian history, the Sitka National Historical Park was the first national park established in Alaska. Denali National Park was created in 1917, followed by Katmai in 1918, Glacier Bay in 1925, and the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in 1976.

In 1980, the Alaska Lands Act established ten new parks and expanded three others, for a total of 15 park units. This act more than doubled the size of the National Park System. The parks today include striking geological diversity from the tidewater glaciers of Southeast's Glacier Bay to Katmai's Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes to the sand dunes of the Kobuk Valley.

State Parks

With 1.6 million acres of land, Wood-Tikchik State Park is the largest state park in America and is patrolled by only one ranger...we call him the Lone Ranger! Chugach State Park is the third largest state park in America and its location next to Anchorage makes Anchorage the only large city in America with a 500,000 acre park as one of its boundaries. With 3.2 million acres, Alaska has the largest state park system in America. Most of Alaska's state parks are road accessible, so they get twice the visitation of the national parks in the state; however, some parks are periodically closed, so visitors should contact the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation before planning their trip.

In addition to the 15 national parks, one wild river, and 120 state parks, (including recreation areas, and historic parks), Alaska is home to 16 national wildlife refuges and two national forests. In all, Alaska contains over 322 million acres of public lands.

Alaska's State Parks

For a complete list and more information, visit the Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation

Alaska's National Parks

Alagnak Wild River Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
Anaiakchak National Monument and Preserve Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Noatak National Preserve
Bering Land Bridge National Preserve Katmai National Park and Preserve Sitka National Historical Park
Cape Krusenstern National Monument Kenai Fjords National Park  
Denali National Park and Preserve Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve
  Kobuk Valley National Park Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

For more information, try these National Park Service Links

Alaska Region and Support Office

Geographic Information System

Guide to Alaska's National Parks

Alaska's Wildlife Refuges

Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge Izembeck National Wildlife Refuge Nowitna National Wildlife Refuge
Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge Selawik National Wildlife Refuge
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge
Becharof National Wildlife Refuge Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Togiak National Wildlife Refuge
Innoko National Wildlife Refuge Koyukuk National Wildlife Refuge Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge
    Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge

For more information, visit the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Alaska Region site

Alaska's National Forests

Tongass National Forest Chugach National Forest

For more information, visit the following U.S. Forest Service sites:

Tongass National Forest

Chugach National Forest

For more public lands information, try the Alaska Public Lands Information Centers site

Alaska Facts

State Nick Name: "The Last Frontier" - the name Alaska is derived from the Aleut word "Aleyska," meaning "great land."

State Motto: "North to the Future"

State Capital: Juneau, located in the Southeast region of Alaska, has a population of 33,277 (2015 Estimate of Population, Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development)

Alaska Map:

Map of Alaska

Alaska Flag:

Alaska state flag is dark blue with yellow stars in the shape of the big dipper with the North star

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