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Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Find Your Way Into Alaska State Parks...
Explore the outdoors...
See the history...
Discover the majesty...

A System of Dreams

That’s what Neil Johannsen, the longest-serving director of Alaska State Parks, calls the state agency that started out simply—the result of the dreams of a few hardy individuals—and now oversees more than 159 park units from Alaska’s far north to the tips of Southeast. Alaska’s park system encompasses some three-million acres of land and water; by far the most acreage of any state park system in the country.

Latest News Release:

Eagle River Campground Opening 5:00 PM

April 24, 2019 (Anchorage, AK) – Eagle River Campground will be OPEN for the season starting at 5:00 PM. Earthquake damaged road repair is completed...

More News:

  • 4/24/19 Earthquake damage closes Eagle River Campground and access road

  • 4/9/19 Two state campgrounds closed due to bark beetle-infested trees

  • 4/8/19 Alaska State Parks to refocus Recreational Trails Program funds

  • 4/3/19 Chena River State Recreation Area trail access limited until dry

  • 2/11/19 Alaska State Parks welcomes first "Park Ambassador"

  • 3/11/19 State Parks receives trail grooming grant for Independence Mine


Alaska State Parks depends on volunteers to help manage and maintain our parks. Volunteers provide services that would not otherwise be offered. In turn, volunteers receive valuable training and experience for their service. There are several facets to the VIP program. Perhaps one of them is right for you!

Mission Statement

"The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation provides outdoor recreation opportunities and conserves and interprets natural, cultural, and historic resources for the use, enjoyment, and welfare of the people."

Accessibility Notice

Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Atwood Building
550 West 7th Avenue
Suite 1380
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 269-8700
Fax: (907) 269-8907