Eklutna Lake

At Eklutna Lake, summer visitors enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding, climbing, picnicking, fishing, boating, and riding ATV’s. Eklutna Lake Trail is open to ATVs Sunday through Wednesday, April 1st through November 30th only. Winter activities include cross-country skiing, dog mushing, and snowmobiling. Camping, wildlife viewing and photography may be enjoyed in any season.

Interpretive displays and a telescope for viewing wildlife and lake activities are located near the trail head parking area. There is a picnic shelter for group activities in the day use area. A large group picnic and camping area may be reserved by calling the Public Information Center at (907) 269-8400. Facilities are accessible to those experiencing physical disabilities.  Book a tour with Riding Alaska ATV Tours to experience the beauty of Eklutna Lake.

26.5 Glenn Highway
Driving Directions:
Glenn Highway to the Eklutna Turn-off. Eklutna Lake road to the end.

Chugach State Park

Chugach State Park is located in Southcentral Alaska mostly within the Municipality of Anchorage. The park contains approximately 495,000 acres of land and is one of the four largest state parks in the United States. Southcentral Alaska is an area of diverse land forms and rugged topography, bounded on the north and west by the Alaska Range, and on the east by the Chugach and Wrangell Mountains and Prince William Sound. The region contains extensive ocean shoreline, abundant lakes, massive glaciers and ice fields. The park’s westernmost boundary lies in the western foothills of the Chugach Mountain Range and is a mere seven miles to the east of downtown Anchorage. The park is further defined by the Knik Arm on the north, Turnagain Arm on the south, and Upper and Lower Lake George and Chugach National Forest on the east. Within minutes of the park are the communities of Palmer, Eagle River, Chugiak, Indian, Bird, Girdwood, the village of Eklutna, and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Chugach pronunciation diagram [pronounced CHEW-gatch] is the tribal name for the indigenous people who once inhabited the upper cook inlet region.

Other Things to Do at Eklutna Lake:

Enjoy a picnic beside Eklutna Lake on the shoreline before or after your tour, rent a bike or kayak from Lifetime Adventures, or visit Thunderbird Falls or the Eklutna Historical Park (located across the Parks Hwy). You can also grab a camping spot at Eklutna and stay a while (first come, first serve on the camping spots).

Eklutna Lake

Located an hour north of Anchorage, Eklutna Lake sits high in the mountains in the heart of the Chugach National Forest. Eklutna Lake has beautiful teal colored water and is surrounded by mountains to provide beautiful scenery for all to enjoy. There’s always a chance to see plenty of wildlife from eagles to moose, bear, and sheep.