Palmer Hay Flats Access Improvements Include Boat Dock and Fishing Platform
Just in time for summer salmon fishing and fall waterfowl hunting, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) completed several improvements at the Rabbit Slough access site in the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge.
In addition to installing a hardened boat launch last year, a new boat dock and fishing platform were both completed. The platform conforms to standards in the Americans with Disabilities Act and provides sport fishing opportunities for those with mobility challenges. The dock will provide boaters the means to load passengers and gear without damaging critical streambank habitat.
Rabbit Slough is located within the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge near the intersection of the Parks and Glenn highways, and can be reached from the Glenn Highway frontage road at the Trunk Road exit. Rabbit Slough is one of four primary public access sites to the refuge and provides access to Wasilla Creek which supports a popular salmon fishery.
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50 Years of ANSCA
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