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New members sought for Snowmobile Trails Advisory Council

RecreationThe Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation is inviting interested individuals to apply for three openings on the seven-member Snowmobile Trails Advisory Council (SnowTRAC). Two of the open seats represent the Mat-Su Valley/ Copper River Basin and the third represents the Fairbanks area.

SnowTRAC assists the division director by providing funding recommendations for the Snowmobile Trails Grant Program. This statewide grant program provides reimbursable, matching grant funds for trail easement acquisition, development and maintenance of trails and trail-related facilities for snowmobile use.

The division is seeking individuals with special knowledge, experience, and interest in snowmobile trails and in grant-funded programs. Appointees to these seats will serve a three-year term expiring March 1, 2019, and participate in meetings or teleconferences a minimum of once a year. The annual meeting is typically held in late August in Anchorage.

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State Awards Grant to Promote Clean Boating

RecreationCook Inletkeeper awarded $30,500

This project addresses both ACWA Restoration and Protection priorities and continues an ongoing program. Since 2010, DEC, in conjunction with Cook Inletkeeper and local partners, has been educating boat owners about clean boating practices. This project continues the education activities at popular sport fishing and other recreational locations throughout Matanuska-Susitna Borough and Kenai Peninsula.

Sport fishing is an important economic asset, yet some popular fishing locations are polluted or at-risk of pollution by petroleum hydrocarbons and turbidity. Boaters will be encouraged to take a free online clean boating course that focuses on proper sewage management, boat maintenance, clean fueling tips, fuel efficiency, and boating safety. People completing the course are eligible to receive discounts for goods and services from participating local businesses.

Contact: Carly Wier, (907) 235-4068

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Celebrate Safe Boating Week with "Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day"

RecreationThe Alaska Office of Boating Safety invites all Alaskans to celebrate Safe Boating Week, May 21-27, by participating in “Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day” on Wednesday, May 25. The goal of “Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day” is to increase awareness of the versatility and comfort of today’s modern life jacket designs.

“Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day” participants are encouraged to post pictures on the Alaska Boating Safety Program Facebook page or post them to Instagram with the hashtags #lifejackets and #wearit. Anchorage participants are invited to wear their life jackets and join the Office of Boating Safety from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, in the Atwood building courtyard located at 7th and E Street, for a group photo and the annual life jacket fashion show.

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Alaska State Park Campground Openings

Recreation Spring came early to Alaska and we know everyone is anxious to start using our State Parks. The majority of our campgrounds will open mid-May when we have camp host in place and the facilities have been made ready for use.

You can go to this web site to see when your favorite campground is scheduled to open: http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/asp/open.htm

The majority of our campgrounds are a first-come-first-serve basis and if you pay for a site, you must occupy it. Reservations are accepted at some of our campgrounds that are managed by contracted concessionaires. More information about specific state parks and campgrounds is available on the main home page of Alaska State Parks at: http://www.alaskastateparks.org
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Scarce Snow Leads to Off-Road Vehicle Restrictions on Matanuska-Susitna State Game Refuges

RecreationDespite flurries today over parts of Southcentral Alaska, a lack of snow in the lower Matanuska and Susitna Valleys has led to off-road vehicle use restrictions (including snowmachines and ATVs) on three popular state game refuges. Goose Bay and Palmer Hay Flats state game refuges are currently closed to all off-road vehicles, and use in the Susitna Flats State Game Refuge is limited.

State regulations generally require at least 12 inches of snow cover and sufficient ground frost to operate off-road vehicles within the refuges. Exceptions to these restrictions in the Susitna Flats refuge include the Enstar Gas Pipeline right-of-way and marked trails to Figure Eight Lake and Flat Horn Lake which require only sufficient ground frost to prevent the penetration of or disturbance of the soil surface or plant roots. These conditions are currently not met on the Figure Eight Lake Trail which remains closed as does much of the remainder of the Susitna Flats refuge. It is the responsibility of the operator to assure these conditions are met in the area they wish to operate.

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Free Open Skating in Big Lake

RecreationFree Open Skating in Big Lake at The Big Lake Lions Rec Center.

Photo by Dennis Garrett

November through February 2016 Schedule

Free Open Skating

Saturdays 7-9 pm

Sundays 2-4 pm

Rental Skates $3

Shinny Hockey

Saturdays 9-11 pm

Sundays 12-2 pm

Mondays 9-11 pm

Helmets Required

Half Gear Recommended

$5/person

Consent Form required for all events.

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Big Lake Trails Family Fun Snowmachine Run 2016

RecreationThe Big Lake Trails Family Fun Snowmachine Run 2016 will take place this weekend, Saturday Feb. 20th from 11 am to 4 pm.

If you love our trails, come have some fun while supporting trail grooming efforts!

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Free Open Skating in Big Lake

RecreationFree Open Skating in Big Lake at The Big Lake Lions Rec Center.

Photo by Dennis Garrett

November through February 2016 Schedule

Free Open Skating

Saturdays 7-9 pm

Sundays 2-4 pm

Rental Skates $3

Shinny Hockey

Saturdays 9-11 pm

Sundays 12-2 pm

Mondays 9-11 pm

Helmets Required

Half Gear Recommended

$5/person

Consent Form required for all events.

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The Big Lake 2016 Ice Fishing Derby

RecreationThe Big Lake 2016 Ice Fishing Derby will be held February 20th and 21st from 8 am to 4 pm. Fun for the whole family, and over $20,000.00 cash and prizes are on the line. Catch the tagged fish and you will pick a $20,000.00 prize. Tons of kids prizes and trophies. Tickets are on sale now, and this event promotes healthy living in the Community.

Please review the rules and regulations, for example no bait may be used while fishing in Big Lake during the winter. Don't forget to have your current license on you, either.

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Free Open Skating in Big Lake

RecreationFree Open Skating in Big Lake at The Big Lake Lions Rec Center.

Photo by Dennis Garrett

November through February 2016 Schedule

Free Open Skating

Saturdays 7-9 pm

Sundays 2-4 pm

Rental Skates $3

Shinny Hockey

Saturdays 9-11 pm

Sundays 12-2 pm

Mondays 9-11 pm

Helmets Required

Half Gear Recommended

$5/person

Consent Form required for all events.

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Free Open Skating in Big Lake

RecreationFree Open Skating in Big Lake at The Big Lake Lions Rec Center.

Photo by Dennis Garrett

November through February 2016 Schedule

Free Open Skating

Saturdays 7-9 pm

Sundays 2-4 pm

Rental Skates $3

Shinny Hockey

Saturdays 9-11 pm

Sundays 12-2 pm

Mondays 9-11 pm

Helmets Required

Half Gear Recommended

$5/person

Consent Form required for all events.

View Printable Version

Free Open Skating in Big Lake

RecreationFree Open Skating in Big Lake at The Big Lake Lions Rec Center.

Photo by Dennis Garrett

November through February 2016 Schedule

Free Open Skating

Saturdays 7-9 pm

Sundays 2-4 pm

Rental Skates $3

Shinny Hockey

Saturdays 9-11 pm

Sundays 12-2 pm

Mondays 9-11 pm

Helmets Required

Half Gear Recommended

$5/person

Consent Form required for all events.

View Printable Version

Free Open Skating in Big Lake

RecreationFree Open Skating in Big Lake at The Big Lake Lions Rec Center.

Photo by Dennis Garrett

November through February 2016 Schedule

Free Open Skating

Saturdays 7-9 pm

Sundays 2-4 pm

Rental Skates $3

Shinny Hockey

Saturdays 9-11 pm

Sundays 12-2 pm

Mondays 9-11 pm

Helmets Required

Half Gear Recommended

$5/person

Consent Form required for all events.

View Printable Version

Free Open Skating in Big Lake

RecreationFree Open Skating in Big Lake at The Big Lake Lions Rec Center.

Photo by Dennis Garrett

November through February 2016 Schedule

Free Open Skating

Saturdays 7-9 pm

Sundays 2-4 pm

Rental Skates $3

Shinny Hockey

Saturdays 9-11 pm

Sundays 12-2 pm

Mondays 9-11 pm

Helmets Required

Half Gear Recommended

$5/person

Consent Form required for all events.

View Printable Version

Free Open Skating in Big Lake

RecreationFree Open Skating in Big Lake at The Big Lake Lions Rec Center.

Photo by Dennis Garrett

November through February 2016 Schedule

Free Open Skating

Saturdays 7-9 pm

Sundays 2-4 pm

Rental Skates $3

Shinny Hockey

Saturdays 9-11 pm

Sundays 12-2 pm

Mondays 9-11 pm

Helmets Required

Half Gear Recommended

$5/person

Consent Form required for all events.

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