1. Driving from Anchorage & Wasilla, Alaska
Little Susitna River is a scenic 90 minute drive North of Anchorage or 50 minutes from Wasilla. From Anchorage the smoothest access to the lower river and public use campground and boat launch is to travel East out of town on 6th Avenue, as you leave town this road will become the Glenn Highway. Stay on the main Highway and about 35 miles out of Anchorage it becomes the Parks Highway as it bends towards Wasilla. Turn left at the fourth traffic light on the Parks Highway as you drive into Wasilla (Main Street intersection) this road becomes Knik – Goose Bay Road as it leaves Wasilla. 17.2 miles Southwest from Wasilla on Kink-Goose Bay Road turn right onto Pt. MacKenzie Road.
1. Little Susitna River Access
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GPS coordinates: 61.437413,-150.173063
Travel along Pt. MacKenzie Road until it dead ends at the T. Turn right at the T onto gravel, proceed a few hundred yards and turn left onto Ayrshire Road. Approximately 2.5 miles down Ayrshire make one final right hand turn onto Little Su Access Road and proceed approximately 2 miles to the Little Susitna River Public Use Facility campground and boat launch. Daily parking costs $5 so please bring cash or check to cover that cost. The free map above gives you a quick overview. You are welcome to print a copy of our map and directions for your personal use. Highway and road driving times from Anchorage are approximately 90 minutes for morning trips, but may take longer for afternoon trips.
Standard meeting times for Little Susitna River is 5:30 a.m. for morning trips and 11:30 a.m. for afternoon trips.
We meet our guests at the rivers; you’ll find us in the boat launching or mooring areas, waiting for you, cutting up fish from our previous charter, or getting the boat ready for your trip. Since there are usually few people standing around the boat launch, we’re easy to find. If you should have trouble finding us, just ask for Fishtale River Guides – we’re well known at the campgrounds and boat launches, and will be looking for you.
Affectionately nicknamed, “Little Su,” the medium-sized river we fish produces all five species of Pacific salmon found in Alaska, and is famous as one of the State’s best silver salmon streams. The Little Susitna is open for salmon fishing from the Parks Highway Bridge to it’s terminus in Knik Arm / Cook Inlet – a distance of 70 miles. The lower 33 miles (where the campground and boat launch are located) meanders through Susitna Flats State Game Refuge, and aside from the campground and boat launch has hardly any human development. You’ll likely see and hear wildlife along the riverbanks, so keep an eye and ear open for bald eagles, waterfowl, moose, beaver, mink, bear, otter, coyote, and fox.