What to do in Birch Lake State Recreation Area

*This information provided by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources*

Birch Lake SRA is nestled between a lilypad-covered lake and forested wetlands. There are 17 long parking spaces for motorhomes and 3 short parking spaces for smaller self-contained vehicles or for vehicles engaged in tent camping.

There are 8 tent camping sites and additional tables, fireplaces, and sitting benches for day use. A developed boat launch and boat tie-ups, drinking water well, toilet, and caretaker/public use cabin are available.

Camping is limited to 15 days.

Firewood is available for sale during the summer. Users should bring their own firewood, especially in winter for use in the cabin, since there is not much left to scavenge in the surrounding forest.

The lake is popular with fishers, jet-skiers, and water skiers in the summer, and with snowmachiners and ice fishers in the winter. There is excellent fishing all year for stocked species: rainbow trout, king and silver salmon, grayling, and arctic char. Fishing during the open water months is best from a boat. Ice fishing huts are available for rent.

Access is from the military recreation area road at Milepost 305.2 of the Richardson Highway.

The climate in Alaska varies with terrain and region. The south-central region of the state is most temperate because it is protected from cold northern winds by the Alaska Range. The large bodies of water that lies closely to this area create a stabilizing factor for the air temperature. Southeast Alaska is wet. An average of 80 inches of rain comes to this region directly from the Gulf of Alaska.

In contrast to the southeastern region, the interior receives very little precipitation. The winters are long in this region with spring, summer and fall taking place from May through September. The western coast of Alaska experiences long, cold winters and short, chilly summers. This area is very far north and at the mercy of huge water bodies that don't warm. Southwestern Alaska experiences foggy, wet summers with high temperatures reaching 60 degrees F. Winters are severe on this long peninsula of land with storms rising from the surrounding waters frequently. The average rainfall for the region is 75 inches/year.
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