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Bird Creek Directions and Facilities

 

A Taste of Alaska Wilderness Near Anchorage

Bird Creek is at milemarker 101.5 of the Seward Highway, about a 20-minute drive southeast of Anchorage. And what a great 20 minutes it is. The Seward highway is one of the most beautiful highways in North America. If you have just arrived in Anchorage and are driving to the Kenai Peninsula for the first time, you will be amazed how close “Real Alaska” is to Alaska. Bird Creek is a good taste of Alaska, although crowded during runs and not unspoiled, but it does make a good stop to get into the feel of things.


Directions

From Anchorage:
1. Take the Seward Highway Southeast.
2. Turn Left into the parking lot at mile marker 102, or cross the creek and turn right into the Bird Creek campground at mile marker 101.
From Girdwood or the Kenai
Reverse the directions above .

Access

The state has done a great job of making the creek accessible. From 2003-5 they were busy constructing a new parking area just north of the creek . To the south of the creek there is overflow parking at the Bird Creek State Recreational Area. Great care has been given to make sure that pedestrians can safely reach the creek without having to walk through traffic. Walking bridges allow fishermen and tourist to access the creek from either the north or south without having to walk across the highway.

The creek is accessible from the mouth up to the marker about 500 yards upstream from the bridge .

Parking

Parking historically has been a problem and dangerous at Bird Creek. Before the recent construction there were lots of fishermen that were parking along the Seward Highway which is one of the most dangerous highways in the state. Now there should be ample parking for all but the largest crowds. But because of Bird Creek’s popularity, you may want to be sure to get there early. Or maybe try for a camping site at the campground.

Facilities

Gas

Watch your gas gauge when driving the Seward Highway. This stretch is not too bad, but going South of Girdwood, gas stations are few and far between. For Bird Creek, the closest gas is at mile marker 100 , just southeast of the creek. Other than that, the only gas is located ten miles southeast at Girdwood, or back in Anchorage, twenty miles to the northwest.

Food

There is a homey cafe and bakery just south east of the Creek , otherwise there is not much other than Anchorage and Girdwood. If you bring your own food, there are picnic opportunities at the creek and the campground.

Lodging

There is a small motel just southeast of the creek. Otherwise lodging is available in Anchorage and Girdwood. If you are for deluxe accommodations try the Alyeska lodge in Girdwood. If you are camping and would like to fish Bird Creek, the Bird Creek State Recreation area is great . We have used it many times the night we arrive in Anchorage.

Fish Processing

If you have fish to be processed try Indian Valley Meats. Click here for their website. The offer free samples of their and will vacuum pack, can, or custom smoke your catch. Definitely consider dropping off some fish for smoking, they can arrange shipping and send it directly back home.

Other Area Fishing

Bird Creek is the biggest easily accessible fishery between Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula. It can be seen as either a quick trip destination from Anchorage or a waypoint on the way to the Kenai Peninsula. If you are looking for other, less crowded fisheries in the Turnagain Arm area you will be looking at smaller water. You can try Indian Creek just west of Bird Creek or Penguin Creek. Also look at Glacier and California Creeks near Girdwood.

Other Area Attractions

Bird Creek is a short drive to all the attractions in Anchorage and Girdwood. But this stretch of the Seward Highway is a destination in its own.


Just northwest of Bird Creek is the Indian Valley National Historic Park that has a gold mine and Gift Shop. You can get some quick instruction on gold panning and if you feel really lucky, you can try your hand and finding gold in Indian Creek. Also, check out Indian Valley Meats, they have beautiful ground and a nice gift and meat shop.


If you are looking for a hike in the area, there are lots of trailheads in the area. Here is a list of some of the closest.

Bird Ridge Trailhead 102
Falls creek trailhead 105
Windy Corner Trailhead 106
Rainbow Trailhead 108
McHugh Creek trailhead 112


If you are hoping to see wildlife, look for Dall Sheep coming down to the road at milepost 106. Also, beluga whales can occasionally be seen at Beluga Point at mile marker 110. If you are a birdwatcher, try any of the area trails, or check out Potter Marsh to the northwest.


One of the most unusual attractions in the area are the bore tides. These tidal waves sometimes reach as high as six feet and can draw large crowds and surfers.

 

 

 

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