DNR FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Maps & Geographic Information System (GIS)
The DNR Open Data Hub provides access to geo-spatial land and resource data, applications, maps, and publications produced and maintained by the divisions and offices of the Department of Natural Resources.
There are datasets available to the public, including: biological, boundary, cultural (such as cities), DNR land records, environmental, general land status, geoscience, graticule (such as section and township grids), natural resources (such as mining claims), physical features, and transportation (such as pipelines and roads).
Data may also be obtained in alternate forms (i.e. CD-ROM) by contacting the GIS Public Access Coordinator.
The DNR Map Library provides online access to maps created and distributed by DNR. Maps are available for download in PDF format at no charge. Each map in the library also indicates where a paper version may be purchased and the cost.
The types of maps available include:
Miscellaneous (i.e. Election Districts and Townships)
Roads and Trails
You may purchase up to 200 cubic yards of gravel for personal use from the state. Rates may vary per region. Not all pits are open to the public. The Public Information Center can help you identify which are open for your use and issue permits.
Through Alaska's Geographic Names Program. Proposals for new names of geographic features in Alaska are considered by the Alaska Historical Commission under the Office of History and Archaeology, Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation.
To look up information on land that the state owns, check out our web site at https://mapper.dnr.alaska.gov/. If you have additional questions on state land, you can come into the Public Information Centers.
Federal lands information can be found at the Bureau of Land Management. For information regarding private property, contact the borough where the property is located. If the property is not located in a borough or municipality, contact the Recorder's Office for the appropriate district.
Purchasing State Land
DNR periodically has land offerings where surveyed parcels are auctioned to the high bidder. The public is notified through news advertisements, general media releases, Public Information Center general information messages, and posted on the Division of Mining, Land & Water Land Offering web page. Parcels not sold through the auction are later offered "Over the Counter" for the minimum bid price plus handling fee.
State Land Auction - Typically takes place in the spring. All parcels currently available are offered through the "Over the Counter" program.
For Remote Recreational Cabin Staking Program information please visit the Remote Recreational Cabin Staking Program web site.
We do not have a homesteading program at this time. If a homestead program is opened in the future, the public will be notified through news advertisements, general media releases, Public Information Center general information messages, and posted on the Land Offering web page.
If you are interested in nominating land for state land sale programs fill out a nomination form and return it to a Public Information Center. You must include basic information about the location of the nominated land, whether or not the land is owned by the State of Alaska, and if it is classified for settlement under land use plans, or designated for some other use. You may nominate land for residential use, recreational use, or remote sites for the stake-it yourself program.
Mining on State Owned Land
Prior to mining on state land, be sure to peruse the fact sheets and visit the Mining Resources web page for up-to-date information.
Recreational Gold Mining Fact sheets
Time Saving Tips for Gold Seekers
Hatcher Pass Recreational Mining Area
Petersville Recreational Mining Area
Recreational Gold Panning In State Parks
Nome Offshore East and West Beach Recreational Mining Arease
For additional information about mining on state land, view the Mining web site or contact the Public Information Center. For information regarding mining on federal land, contact the Bureau of Land Management.
Yes, we are now accepting payments online by credit card or from your bank account. Payments can be made on all Land Lease, Land Sale, Shore Fishery, and other Water agreements as well as for Mining Claims.
Public Use Cabins
General information, reservation & fee information, and cabin locations are available for Alaska State Park Cabins on-line. To check availability of a particular cabin, look for the gray button next to each of the cabin names.
Other Agencies with Cabins:
National Park Service Cabins
National Wildlife Refuge Cabins
Bureau of Land Management Cabins
State Forests and Trees
You need to contact your local Division of Forestry office to find out where firewood cutting is allowed and how to obtain a permit.
The Division of Forestry authorizes Christmas tree cutting on unrestricted state lands each year. Visit our Christmas Tree cutting page for maps and information on the lands available for Christmas tree cutting, as well as tree care information. For additional information contact your local Division of Forestry office or the Public Information Center. A permit is not required.
State Parks campgrounds do not accept reservations. Sites are available on a first come-first serve basis. For campground locations, view our Alaska State Parks Statewide Brochure on-line or request one from the Public Information Center.
Alaska Tourism Office
Alaska Tourism Marketing Council
Alaska Public Lands Information Center
Alaska Geographic Association
Alaska Historical Collections (historical photos)
The Department of Fish & Game web site will provide you with the regulations and licensing information.
USGS River/Water Data monitors river flow and height.
National Weather Service River Forecast Center provides river forecasts.