This is one of Alaska’s few flat state parks. And because it’s studded with lakes, it’s a great place to take a summer canoe trip or winter cross-country or snowmobile expeditions. The state has created several different loops—complete with portage routes and cabins—that make for easy, multi-day adventures.
Another unique feature of this park is its mostly deciduous forest. In the last century, fires burned the big spruce trees; in their place, a beautiful forest of birch has grown up. Listen to the quaking leaves on a summer day, catch a forest ablaze in yellow and orange in fall, or enjoy the sepia tones of winter. In summer, water lilies and wildflowers add to the colors.
If you take a trip in the summer months, keep a look out for loons. Common loons (with black heads) are the most usual sighting, though you may also spot Pacific loons. Black bears and beavers are also common, and watch for moose browsing on vegetation in shallow ponds. And beware of the mosquitoes; this landscape can get very buggy from June to August, so bring good bug dope and a head net.
- For more information on routes, to get portage maps, or to find out about renting canoes, contact the state park office at (907) 495-6273.
- Tippecanoe Canoe Rentals