Eklutna River Directions
An Easy Drive from Anchorage
The Eklutna Tailrace is about a 40-minute drive north
of Anchorage. From the North it is about a 20-minute drive from Palmer
or Wasilla. Perhaps the best use for the area is a picnic area and hiking
destination. But if you feel lucky, you can try wetting a line here.
1. Take the Glenn
2. Take the
Eklutna Lake Road Exit (milepost 26.3)
3. Head East on
Eklutna Lake Road.
4. Turn right on
the Old Glenn Highway .5 miles.
From Palmer and Wasilla
Same as Anchorage
instructions, but take Glenn Highway south.
The best access point for the Eklutna River is the
Old Glenn Highway bridge. The directions above tell you how to get to
this point. From here you are able to get to the water. Be sure to take
care when fishing the area. Much of the land surrounding the river is
private land and you must have permission to cross it.
Parking is available at the bridge.
The nearest available gas is 6 miles south on the Glenn
Highway in Peters Creek or further south in Eagle River. Gas is also
available in Wasilla,15 miles north up the Glenn Highway.
Food is just like gas, either 6 miles south on the Glenn
Highway in Peters Creek or head twenty minutes north to Palmer or
Wasilla. Wasilla does have a lot of fast food choices. Think about
bringing a picnic and eating at the Eklutna Lake campground.
There are hotels available in Wasilla, Palmer and Eagle
River. Also there is a
campground at Eklutna Lake.
Other Area Fishing
The Eklutna River lies between the Mat-Su rivers to
the north and Anchorage waters to the south. The best salmon fishing
in the area (from a catch and eat perspective) is at the Eklutna
Tailrace, just to the north of the river. Most of the waters in
the immediate area are glacial and poor to fair fishing. Consider
traveling up into the Mat-Su Valley or heading south to Either Ship
Creek or Bird Creek
for better fishing.
To the north are some fantastic possibilities in the Mat-Su Valley,
like Jim Creek.
Other Area Attractions
There are a few worthwhile things to see in the area
around the Tailrace. Closest would be the Athabascan community of
Eklutna Historical Park preserves the heritage of the community.
There is a cemetery of traditional Spirit Houses here that are featured
in many guide books.
Also to the north are the towns of Palmer and Wasilla.