by Dan Wolf
on Friday, July 18th, 2014 at 11:25am.
In addition to rafting, mountain climbing, hiking, sledding, ice skating, kayaking, rafting and so much more, the outdoors in the Anchorage area are spectacular. There are beautiful national parks, abundant wildlife, wild salmon and other fishing, and the endless beauty of nature to explore and admire.
Denali National Park and Preserve
There are six million acres of wild land, high alpine tundra, low-elevation forest, and snowy mountains including the tallest peak in North America, the 20,320-foot Mount Denali. Small and large wild animals roam the unfenced lands. Over 100 years ago, two men spent a winter in a cabin near the Toklat River and decided to create the first national park in the world established to conserve wildlife. Charles Sheldon, a Vermont gentleman hunter and conservationist, and Harry Karstens, an outdoorsman and dog musher, worked hard for close to a decade until they were able to persuade Congress to create Denali National Park.
Kenai Fjords National Park
This is the smallest national park in Alaska and is located south of Anchorage near Seward. You can fly into Seward Airport or drive the National Scenic Byway, Seward Highway, which connects Anchorage and Seward. The park was carved by glaciers and is a rich habitat for marine animals and other wildlife. Exit Glacier is accessible by road in the summer months and by dog sleds, snowmobile, and cross country skis during the winter months. The Harding Icefield Trail was created over 23,000 years ago and is a spectacular ecological glimpse of Ice Age times. It spans 700 square miles of glacier ice that has depths up to one mile thick, and approximately 38 glaciers flow from it. An 8.2-mile round-trip Harding Icefield Trail climbs more than 3,000 feet and takes six to eight hours. Activities in the Park also include daily boat tours during the summer months, kayaking to tour the harbors and coastlines, snowmobiling, fishing, mountaineering and more.
Wildlife in Kenai Fjords National Park
Wildlife is plentiful in the interior of the park, on the coastlines and in the ocean waters. There are black bears, brown/grizzly bears, moose, mountain goats, harbor seals, sea otters, Stellar sea lions, dolphins, porpoises, and some of the world’s largest sea mammals including Killer whales, humpback whales and fin whales. If birdwatching, you might see bald eagles, peregrine falcons and puffins.
Wild salmon and other fishing
Alaska’s wild salmon have been heralded as healthy, tasty, sustainable, available in record numbers, and is the most valuable commercial fishery managed by the State of Alaska, which has one of the most productive commercial fishing economies in the world. More Alaskans are employed in harvesting and processing salmon than in any other fishery. The world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery is Bristol Bay, which is Alaska’s most valuable single salmon fishery, and pink salmon is the most numerous salmon species harvested in Alaska.
Commercial species of Alaskan seafood include five species of salmon, five species of crab, Pacific halibut, walleye pollock, Pacific cod, herring, four species of shrimp, and several other species. There are 64 aquatic farms that produce littleneck clams, geoduck clams and oysters. Shellfish is the second most valuable fishery managed by the state, and the largest shellfish harvests occur in the Bering Sea. For more information on Anchorage and its amazing outdoors, please visit our website or contact us.
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