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Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Midnight Fishing

Located in the south central Alaska area, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough (MSB), known as the Stillwater Fishing Capitol of Alaska is home to breathe taking scenery and a plethora of wildlife, encompassing an area the size of the state of West Virginia covering 24,000 square miles. Included in those 24,000 square miles are glaciers, rivers and lakes to name a few things. A part of North Americas biggest mountain range rest in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Mount McKinley and all of the Talkeetna and Clearwater Ranges. The scenery and culture are electrifying and distinct. It is also the fastest growing community in Alaska where there is an endless amount of activities one can engage in. From getting your golf game in shape to varies outdoor activities that the scenery invites you to explore. Hiking, ATV’s, Fishing and hunting to name a few are all accessible here.

The MSB Community and tourist enjoy access to trails for hunting and fishing all year. Off the beaten path recreational areas for horseback, biking, ATV, skiing, snow machining and hiking are also in abundance here. Each new year brings an increased demand for excellent trails that lead to picturesque scenery. This interest from locals and visitors alike is expected to continue into the future.

Trading routes, mining routes and logging roads once considered old and unattractive are being rejuvenated and once again are a valuable resource to the locals and tourist. These routes are now thriving with recreational activities and adventure seekers.

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Talkeetna, Alaska

If you remember the television show, “Northern Exposure”, then you have an idea of what Talkeetna is all about. Talkeetna fulfills the expectations of what tourist envision an Alaskan town to be. Located 115 miles north of Anchorage with a community made up of 857 locals fixed in the nexus of the Susitna and Talkeetna Rivers.

In 1896 gold seekers made up the population. But early in the 1900’s Talkeetna transformed into a steamer station supplying the surrounding mining towns. Talkeetna’s highest numbers in population came during World War I at 1000, once the railroad was concluded the population saw a decline. Today the town serves as the hub for those scaling the surrounding summits like Moose’s Tooth, Mount Foraker and Mount McKinley. The end of spring and the beginning of summer brings a collection of climbers from around the world to the town who interweave with the locals that provide support services to and from their destination.

Talkeetna MountainsAll one has to do is keep an eye on the airport as the adventure seeking climbers come and go. Planes specially designed to land on glaciers 7,000 feet high with the aid of wheel-skis to make the landing possible are constantly on the go. You’re in for a real treat should you go along for a ride to take in the beautiful scenery that is Alaska from up above. Be prepared to have your breath taken away.

Mountain climbing is not the only thing to do in Talkeetna. There are a wide range of recreational activities and tours to choose from. There is something for all age groups to enjoy. Praised destinations like Devils Canyon, Talkeetna Canyon, Tokositna River and Chulitna River are accessible via jet boat or riverboat tours, many fisherman charter boats to these same destinations. If splendid, impressive or magnificent scenery is what you’re looking for then taking a 2 to 8 hour trek on horseback up Mont McKinley is just right for you.

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