Recreational Boating Access Projects
Southcentral Projects

Little Susitna River


Description

The Little Susitna River provides a multitude of sport angling opportunities. King, silver, chum, red, and pink salmon are available, as well as some Dolly Varden and rainbow trout. Other popular activities along the river include camping, wildlife viewing and photography, and hunting. Prior to this project, boating access to the lower portion of the river was primitive and unimproved, allowing access only to the stoutest four-wheel-drive vehicles. Boat access to the river was not only difficult and unsafe, but was creating significant environmental damage.

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Before - boat launch & parking areas
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After - boat launch, parking, & camping areas
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Boat launch before
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Boat launch after
 

Location


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Purpose

Project objectives included construction of a concrete-plank boat ramp, camping sites, vault toilets, expanded parking areas, and water well.

Outcome

The project was completed in 1990. The site now provides easy boating access to the river and includes many improvements. Since original construction, numerous upgrades have occurred that have helped enhance the site. The facility now provides a double lane boat launch ramp, campground containing 40 sites, RV dump station, fish cleaning table, and some barrier free angler trails, light-penetrating grate walkway, and river access/fishing platforms. There are also seven developed, boat-accessible campsites that are located along the river within the first four river miles upstream of the facility. The Little Susitna Public Use Facility (LSPUF) is an ADF&G facility, but is managed by the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation (State Parks) through a cooperative agreement with ADF&G. The facility is located at river mile 28.5 of the Little Susitna River approximately 30 road miles southwest of the city of Wasilla within the Susitna Flats State Game Refuge. For more detailed information on facility amenities and fee schedule, go to the LSPUF brochure