Delta Junction Area State Parks

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Delta Junction Area State Parks

Alaska

(907) 895-4599

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Overview

As you come to the end of the Alaska Highway, you reach a wilderness area which covers a wide expanse of boreal forests, braided river bottoms, high country tundra, and mountains. Visitors to the Delta Junction Area State Parks love this region for its peacefulness, excellent fishing opportunities, variety of wildlife, breathtaking views, interesting historical significance, and most of all, for the warmth of the people who live here.

Map of Delta Junction Area s (AK)

Latitude, Longitude: 64.037784, -145.738878

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Activities

  • Boating

    The Delta Clearwater River is the largest spring-fed tributary of the Tanana. This crystal clear river is 20 miles long and flows into the Tanana River 20 miles upstream of the Richardson Highway Bridge. Access to Delta Clearwater River is via Clearwater State Recreation Site, a state campground and boat launch located on Remington Road.

  • Camping

    There are several campsites available for a fee.

  • Fishing

    The clear waters of the Delta Clearwater River provide high quality rearing habitat for Arctic grayling from April through October. However, grayling do not spawn in the river. Various spinner lures are effective only early in the year. Various dry and wet fly patterns (Mosquitoes, Blue Dunn, Adams, Salcha Pink, Ants) are the best gear for catching grayling in the river and lake outlet.

    Coho salmon enter the Delta Clearwater River from mid-September through early November with peak entry taking place during mid-October. The Delta Clearwater supports the largest documented spawning population of Coho salmon in the whole Yukon drainage. The largest count occurred in 1991 when 24,000 Coho's entered the Clearwater. In 1987, biologists counted 4,225 Coho salmon in the Clearwater Lake outlet. Aggressive behavior causes spawning Coho salmon to strike at large colored lures.

  • Hiking

    Hiking is available at many of the parks in this area. Check each park for details.

  • Historic Sites

    The town of Delta Junction has been referred to as "Buffalo Center". In 1928 twenty-three bison were transplanted from the National Bison Range in Montana to what is now the Delta Junction area. The free ranging bison herd now numbers about 375.

    Delta Junction also offers travelers amazing views of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Both north and south of Delta on the Richardson Highway, there are excellent photo opportunities of the pipeline. There are also informational displays for visitors to read about this great industrial achievement.

    Many visitors enjoy stepping back in time at Rika's Roadhouse in Big Delta State Historical Park and seeing how the pioneers lived.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horses are allowed only in Quarts Lake State Recreation Area, except for the boat launches and the beach area. Groups using ten or more animals must obtain a park use permit. Loose herding or tethering animals within 100 feet of fresh water is prohibited.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs) is prohibited except for trails officially designated and marked as open to OHVs. Operators of snow machines and OHVs must be at least 14 years old, or under the direct supervision of a parent or a person at least 21 years of age.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is accessible throughout the park.

  • RVing

    RV's are allowed at the campsites.

  • Water Sports

    There are many opportunities for water sports throughout the area.

  • Winter Sports

    There are many opportunities for sports in the winter throughout the area.

Seasonality/Weather

Open year-round.

Directions

Driving

Delta Junction at milepost 267 on Richardson Highway.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(907) 895-4599

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