(Released: January 10, 2020)

Division of Sport Fish
Dave Rutz, Director
Anchorage Headquarters Office
333 Raspberry Road
Anchorage, AK 99518

Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Doug Vincent-Lang, Commissioner
P.O. Box 115526
Juneau, AK 99811-5526

Contact: Heather Scannell, Tanana Drainage Management Biologist
(907) 459-7357

Sport Fishing Remains Closed at Kimberly and Polaris Lakes in the North Pole and Eielson Areas

In 2019, surface water in Kimberly and Polaris Lakes tested to exceed EPA and DEC actions levels for PFAS. As a precautionary measure, Kimberly and Polaris lakes remain closed to sport fishing, this is an extension of the closure that took effect in April 2019.

ADF&G recognizes closing these lakes reduces fishing opportunity on Eielson Airforce Base and plans to increase stockings in Chena, Birch, and Cushman Lakes. We encourage anglers to give these lakes a try.

For information regarding groundwater contaminants, please contact the Department of Environmental Conservation. For information on any health effects associated with the contaminants, contact the Department of Health and Social Services. For information about fish stockings or alternative local fishing opportunities, contact Heather Scannell (907) 459-7357; heather.scannell@alaska.gov.