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.
2. Driving Directions to Deshka Landing
Driving time to Deshka Landing is approximately 90 minutes from Anchorage or 50 minutes from Wasilla. Take 6th Avenue / Glenn Highway East out of Anchorage and North toward Wasilla. Stay on the main highway as it becomes the Parks Highway and proceed North through Wasilla and on to Willow. Willow is located approximately 69 highway miles North of Anchorage.
Look for a large signs that say Willow Creek Recreation Area and Deshka Landing at approximately Highway mile 70.5.
Turn Left after the signs onto Willow Creek Parkway. Drive an additional 1.9 miles until you see a sign that says Deshka Landing.
Turn left onto Crystal Lake Road and drive 2.3 miles until you see another sign on the right that says Deshka Landing.
Turn right onto Mishap Road and proceed 2.8 miles until you reach the toll gate at Deshka Landing. Take a parking ticket to get into the landing — IF YOU ARE ON THE AFTERNOON TRIP — you will want to take your parking ticket into the office / pay your $10 daily parking fee / have the ticket validated so it will open the gate on your way out. If you are on the morning trip you will want to stop at the office after your fishing trip before exiting the landing and have your ticket validated so you only pay for $10 daily parking.
After entering Deshka Landing you may want to use the roomy clean restrooms in the back of the office building before heading out on your fishing trip. To get to the boat launch proceed straight ahead across the parking lot. You may drive down the hill to the boat launch to drop off people and gear, but one person will need to drive back to the top of the hill to park.
2. Deshka Landing
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GPS coordinates: 61.719349,-150.195851
We will meet you at the boat launch with our boat in the water and ready to fish at the appointed time. Stardard meeting times at Deshka Landing are 5 a.m. for morning trips and 11:30 a.m. for afternoon trips. If you need to contact us call 907-746-2199.
3. Highway Driving Directions to Susitna Landing
Driving time to Sustina Landing from Anchorage is approximately 90 minutes or 50 minutes from Wasilla. From Anchorage proceed East out of town on 6th Avenue which will become the Glenn Highway as you leave town. Stay on the main highway and it will become the Parks Highway as it bends toward Wasilla about 35 miles from Anchorage.
Continue driving North on the Parks Highway through Wasilla, and past the small towns of Houston, and Willow. About 12 miles North of Willow there is a Susitna Landing sign (at mile 82.5 from Anchorage) turn left onto Susitna Landing Road and proceed about 1 mile to Susitna Landing.
3. Susitna Landing
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GPS Coordinates: 61.91415,-150.076718
Daily parking is $6 payable in the office before entering the landing. We will meet you at Susitna Landing near the boat launch / fish cleaning area. Highway driving time from Anchorage is approximately 90 minutes for morning trips, but may take longer for afternoon trips or during road construction. Please print a copy of these driving directions for your personal use.
Standard trip starting times at Susitna Landing are 5:30 a.m. for morning trips and 11:30 a.m. for afternoon trips. From Susitna Landing we have the option of fishing several Susitna River Tributaries including the Deshka River, famous for its excellent king salmon fishing and silver salmon fishing.