Have Fun Fishing

Alaska is known worldwide for fishing, and you will find the opportunities along the Glenn Highway are limitless. The following areas are only a few of the many opportunities for fishing along the Glenn.

 If you're interested in salmon fishing, one place to try is Eagle River. Drive north from Anchorage and take the Hiland Road exit, located at Mile 12, and look for signs for Chugach State Park. Follow signs onto the frontage road to the river and campground. (The campground itself is open from May through September.) Trout, arctic char, Dolly Varden and salmon can be found at Eagle River.

Driving further north on the Glenn Highway at Mile 23.6 is the exit for Mirror Lake, which features plenty of parking, cooking facilities and restrooms. This area is known primarily for rainbow trout.

Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge, accessible at the Knik River exit at Mile 30.6, has 45 miles of wetlands and fishing opportunities for salmon and many other species.

Moose Creek, located between Miles 54 and 55 near Palmer, is another spot to try for salmon. There are no facilities at this site, as it is a pull-out along the road, but it is known for silver salmon (also called coho). Many anglers seek out this fish not only because of its taste but also due to their fighting ability. The quest for silvers is sure to provide a great day of fun and adventure for all ages.

If you stop at the pull-out in the community of Sutton (Mile 62.8), you will find a hand-painted sign that gives information about fishing in the area's streams and lakes.

 For trout, grayling, and arctic char, the following lakes along the Glenn Highway are areas worth investigating.

Lower Bonnie Lake

Rainbow trout and arctic grayling can be found at this location (Mile 83.3). Go north on gravel road 1.8 miles to the Bonnie Lake State Recreation Site, which has picnic tables, an outhouse, camping and a gravel boat launch. Please be aware that the majority of the lake shoreline is private property.

Long Lake State Recreational Site

At Mile 85.3, this site is known for grayling and has campsites and a boat launch. You will need to bring your own drinkable water, however, as none is available at this location. A little further down the Glenn at Mile 86 of the Glenn, it has been reported that arctic char are available.

Knob Lake

Known for rainbow trout, this lake is located at Mile 119 of the Glenn. Go south two miles down gravel road, access to the right. Knob Lake is the lake closest to the communications tower.

Lake Louise

The turnoff for this lake is located at Mile 160. Once you exit the Glenn, there are fishing opportunities up and down Lake Louise Road. If you continue down to Lake Louise itself, many species have been reported there, including burbot, rainbow trout, grayling, whitefish and lake trout.

It is important to be up-to-date on state fishing regulations, as they vary from area to area. More information can be found on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website at www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us.

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