Point Bridget State Park

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Point Bridget State Park

Alaska

(907) 465-4563

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Overview

This beautiful 2,850 acre state park, located forty miles north of Juneau, offers meadows, cliffs, spectacular views, salmon spawning streams, rocky beaches, and the sea. In the winter the meadows and open forest allow for excellent skiing and snowshoeing opportunities. Point Bridget State Park was created in 1988 by Alaska State Legislature. This was the culmination of a decade and a half of effort by recreations, conservationists and the Juneau Area State Parks Advisory Board to have a state park for the state capitol. Historically, the park was named in 1794 by Captain Vancouver, probably for his mother, Bridget Berners. Long before white man arrived, the Auks, a group of Tlingit Natives, had summer homes and harvested the area's rich natural resources. Visitors can enjoy hiking, camping, rustic cabins, skiing, and fishing all while soaking in the rich history of the area. Make sure to be prepared for varying weather conditions and always tell someone before you embark on a wilderness journey.

Map of Point Bridget (AK)

Latitude, Longitude: 58.668280, -134.945927

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Activities

  • Camping

    There are three cabins located in the park for public use. The cabins are equipped with wooden sleeping platforms, a wood stove and/or propane stove, chairs or benches, table and latrine.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is excellent during salmon runs in the fall off Berner's Bay beaches and in Cowee Creek.

  • Hiking

    There are two public use cabins for rent along the trail system in Point Bridget State Park. Be prepared for bear encounters. Respect the bears, give them the right of way and make a lot of noise (some hikers put bells on their packs and carry whistles to alert bears to their presence).

  • Historic Sites

    Long before white man arrived, the Auks, a group of Tlingit Natives, had summer homes and harvested the area's rich natural resources. Point Bridget was named in 1794 by Captain Vancouver, probably for his mother, Bridget Berners. Cowee Creek was named after the Auk Chief who was credited with guiding Joe Juneau and Dick Harris to the gold in Silver Bow Basin in 1880. This led to the founding of Juneau. Gold was found north of Berners Bay and east of Point Bridget, but there is no record of a discovery within the Park.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is allowed along the many trails.

  • RVing

    No RV's are allowed inside the park.

  • Water Sports

    Seasonal activities available.

  • Winter Sports

    Skiing is popular here.

Seasonality/Weather

Open year-round. The average temperatures in this area are 55° to 70° F during the spring and summer. High humidity and a high average rainfall make for a wet environment. Bring appropriate clothing and come prepared for unpredictable changes in weather.

Directions

Driving

Motorized vehicles prohibited in the park. Contact the park for directions. It is located 40 miles from Juneau.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(907) 465-4563

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