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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.

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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.

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NEW Clean Boating Discount Card Program!

RecreationSince 2010, Cook Inletkeeper and partners have been educating boaters and fishermen in the Susitna Valley on the importance of clean boating practices.

Our Clean Boating campaign has been successful at reaching boaters at several priority waterbodies in the Susitna Valley that are listed or at risk for being listed as polluted, including Big Lake, the Little Susitna River, and Deshka River.
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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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