Eklutna River Fishing Dangers
The Eklutna River is a relatively safe fishing destination.
It is located on the Glenn Highway just 26 miles north of Anchorage
and close to Palmer and Wasilla so emergency services are nearby. The
shallow waters pose little threat but the steep walls of the Eklutna
River gorge could be potentially dangerous.
Much of the land around the mouth of the Eklutna River
is owned by the Eklutna, Inc, native corporation. Please respect this
private property. If you would like to access their properties to fish
the river, please check with them to make sure you gain permission.
Currently, they have an application
The Eklutna River is located near a bad combination. Lots
of wild lands to allow give bears habitat and enough development to
allow the bears to grow accustomed to people. I don’t know of
any specific bear incidents happening on the Eklutna River, but this
is definitely bear country so take typical precautions in the area.
The Eklutna River has suffered from several types of pollution.
Currently there are several illegal dumps that have spilled over into
the river itself. There are several heavy metals and other chemicals
that have entered the waters of the river. There are no eating advisories
or anything, but be aware that there are some pollutants in the water.