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Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

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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:

Kenai River, Upper Skilak Boat Ramp and Skilak Lake Road to reopen to boaters Tuesday, Sept. 17

September 16, 2019 (Kenai, AK) – The portion of the Kenai River from Jims Landing to Skilak Lake will be reopened for boating at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Upper Skilak Boat Launch and Skilak Lake Road will also be opened at the same time to allow for take out and launch of boats...

More News:

  • 9/4/19 Burn closure to be lifted for Kenai Peninsula and Mat-Su boroughs

  • 8/15/19 Albert Loop Trail at Eagle River Nature Center is temporarily closed

  • 7/17/19 State campfire closure in Southcentral Alaska to end Thursday

  • 7/9/19 Parks, Forestry extend ban on campfires in Interior, Southcentral


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