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Harding Lake capacity controls set for July 4th weekend


(Fairbanks, AK) - During the upcoming July 4th weekend, Alaska State Parks will limit the number of vehicles allowed to enter Harding Lake State Recreation Area and will close the park entrance daily at 10 p.m. in order to limit crowding and ensure a safe, enjoyable holiday weekend for park visitors. Park rangers and State Troopers will be on patrol to minimize disruptive behavior, noise, and disorderly conduct. The use of fireworks is prohibited at all times in Alaska State Parks.

From Thursday afternoon, July 4 through Sunday evening, July 7 the entrance station at Harding Lake will be open daily from noon until 10 p.m.  Visitors will be given a welcome flyer when registering at the gate and a receipt when their fee is paid. Only campers with valid receipts for overnight camping will be allowed to enter the park after 10 p.m.  All others will be declined admittance.

Camping will be allowed in four areas of the park: the 78 sites in the campground loop, the camp-a-lot behind the ranger station, the games area lot and the walk-in campsites. The camp-a-lot area will accommodate 10 campsites or 20 vehicles. The games area lot will provide camping for 12 self contained vehicles. The 5 walk-in campsites with 5 parking spots are located near the trailhead. Campsite limits in all areas will be 6 people and 2 vehicles per site. 

When the boat launch parking lot and parallel parking areas are full, additional boat launchers must wait until someone leaves. Unattached boat trailers will not be allowed in the boat launch parking lot but will be allowed along the roadside overflow area. Campers may leave their unattached boat trailers in the ballpark activity field.

The beach day-use parking lot has room for 38 vehicles under 25 feet in length. When the day use parking area is full, visitors may wait at the entrance for a vacancy.

Camping fees are $10 per site in the campground and $10 per vehicle at designated parking areas. Boat launching is $10 per launch, and the day use parking fee is $5 per vehicle per day.

State Parks implemented these carrying-capacity controls at Harding Lake State Recreation Area to help make your stay safe and more enjoyable. Staff will post “FULL” signs at the highway and entrance station should the park reach carrying capacity. Temporary traffic revisions will be set up to help reduce congestion in the park.  Thank you for your cooperation and have a great Fourth of July.

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