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Fishing In Alaska's National Parks and Forests

The information that follows contains a brief description of the fisheries in the national parks, preserves and forests of Alaska. Many areas are remote access only and provide exceptional fishing as well as a true wilderness experience. Those which are more accessible by road will have many more anglers utilizing the area. Since the five species of Pacific salmon are anadromous and enter the various drainages at specific times of the year, the wise angler will time his/her visit to the optimum peak of the run.

Contact the manager of each location to get detailed information pertaining to the best times for the various fisheries. You can also refer to the many documents contained in the Alaska Outdoor Journal Fishing Section for finding run-timing information.

Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve
582,779 acres; Alaskan Peninsula.
Fishing: dolly varden, all five species of pacific salmon including chinook, sockeye and coho.
Contact: Aniakchak NM&P, Box 7, King Salmon, AK 99613.
Bering Land Bridge National Preserve
2,784,960 acres; northwestern Alaska.
Fishing: arctic char, grayling, pike, all five species of pacific salmon including chinook, sockeye and coho.
Contact: Bering Land Bridge NP, Box 220, Nome, AK 99762.
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
2,600,000 park acres, 1,400,000 preserve acres; southcentral Alaska.
Fishing: arctic char, dolly varden, lake trout, pike, all five species of pacific salmon including chinook, sockeye and coho salmon, rainbow trout.
Contact: Lake Clark NP&P, 4230 University Dr., #311, Anchorage, AK 99508.
Chugach National Forest
5,600,000 acres; southcentral Alaska.
Fishing: arctic char, dolly varden, lake trout, all five species of pacific salmon including chinook, sockeye and coho, rainbow trout.
Hunting: brown bear, blacktail deer, caribou, moose, mountain goat, dall sheep.
Contact: Chugach NF, 3301 C St. #300, Anchorage, AK 99503.
Denali National Park and Preserve
5,000,000 park acres, 1,500,000 preserve acres; southcentral Alaska.
Fishing: grayling, lake trout.
Contact: Denali NP&P, Box 9, Denali Park, AK 99755.
Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve
7,253,888 park acres, 948,629 preserve acres; northcentral Alaska.
Fishing: arctic char, dolly varden, grayling, lake trout, pike, sheefish.
Contact: Gates of the Arctic NP&P, Box 74680, Fairbanks, AK 99707.
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
3,225,284 park acres, 57,884 preserve acres; southeastern Alaska.
Fishing: coho salmon, chinook salmon, dolly varden, pacific halibut.
Contact: Glacier Bay NP&P, Gustavus, AK 99826.
Katmai National Park and Preserve
3,716,000 park acres, 374,000 preserve acres; southwestern Alaska.
Fishing: arctic char, coho salmon, dolly varden, chinook salmon, lake trout, pike, rainbow trout.
Contact: Katmai NP&P, Box 7, King Salmon, AK 99613.
Kenai Fjords National Park
669,541 acres; south side of Kenai Peninsula.
Fishing: coho salmon, dolly varden, pacific halibut, rainbow trout.
Contact: Kenai Fjords NP, Box 1727, Seward, AK 99664.
Kobuk Valley National Park
1,750,421 acres; northwestern Alaska.
Fishing: arctic char, dolly varden, grayling, pike, sheefish.
Contact: Kobuk Vally NP, Box 1029, Kotzebue, AK 99752.
Cape Krusenstern National Monument
659,807 acres; northwestern Alaska.
Fishing: arctic char, dolly varden, grayling.
Contact: Cape Krusenstern NM, Box 1029, Kotzebue, AK 99752.
Noatak National Preserve
6,574,000 acres; northwestern Alaska.
Fishing: arctic char, dolly varden.
Contact: Noatak NP, Box 1029, Kotzebue, AK 99752.

Tongass National Forest
17,000,000 acres; southeastern Alaska.
Fishing: cutthroat trout, dolly varden, grayling, pacific halibut, all five species of pacific salmon including chinook, sockeye and coho salmon, rainbow trout, steelhead.
Hunting: brown bear, black bear, moose, mountain goat.
Contact: Forest Service Info. Center, 101 Egan Dr., Juneau, AK 99801.

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve
8,331,604 park acres, 4,856,721 preserve acres; southcentral Alaska.
Fishing: grayling, lake trout, all five species of pacific salmon including chinook, sockeye and coho, rainbow trout.
Contact: Wrangell-St. Elias NP&P, Box 29, Glannallen, AK 99588.


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