What to do in Halibut Point State Recreation Site

*This information is provided by Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation*

The ocean beach offers people a chance to beach comb and explore the inter-tidal zone.

A half-mile hiking trail provides an opportunity to walk through the coastal spruce and hemlock forest.

Three covered picnic shelters and a number of picnic sites are located in this park. The Sitka State Parks Office is also located at this park.

Located along the ocean four miles north of downtown Sitka

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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