It’s early Sunday morning and I’m sitting in the front of an SUV, creeping around Eagle River with a team of people I’ve just met: Tracy Lohman and her son, Lucas, 11, and his teacher, Kelsey Chalker, all who have driven in from Anchorage.
For many years we have watched the ebb and flow of salmon in Alaska’s waters; in particular, the great king salmon and the world’s greatest salmon fishery, the Kenai River. Salmon of all types play a major role in the life and wellbeing of our state. They provide food, subsistence, income, commercial activity and sport.
Dena’ina tradition holds that each spring when the Golden Crown Sparrow warbles its distinctive three-note song the first of the five Pacific salmon runs to the Cook Inlet have arrived.
STAR PHOTO by Matt Tunseth Eagle River’s Josh James, 15, fishes in Lower Fire Lake on Monday, June 10, 2013.
Seward charter fishing boat captain Skip Massey has an easy answer for why he’s opened the past four seasons with a boatload of nonpaying clients. “Because it’s an awful lot of fun,” said Massey, a former Marine who was one of dozens of Seward captains who volunteered their boats for the Annual Armed Services Combat Fishing Derby held May 23.
From parades to parties, there’s plenty going on around Chugiak-Eagle River this summer! Among the biggest events of the summer are the Annual Scottish Highland Games, the annual July 3 fireworks show in Lions Park, Chugiak’s Fourth of July Parade and the Bear Paw Festival. There’s also a full slate of races, community events and lots of Alaska Baseball League games at Loretta French Park on the Old Glenn Highway in Chugiak, where the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks play their home games. Hold onto this calendar all summer long to keep track of what promises to be a fun (and busy!) season in Chugiak-Eagle River.
After drawing a record crowd at last year’s Alaska Scottish Highland Games, event chair Chris Anderson is hoping to repeat history this year. Anderson estimated 8,000 people — 3,000 more than the previous record — participated in the annual Scottish festivities at Eagle River’s Lions Park last year.
Chugiak-Eagle River is one of the most scenic recreation destinations in the Anchorage area. In addition to numerous parks and trails, the area offers ample fishing and sightseeing opportunities for residents and visitors alike. This is far from a complete list, but here’s a rundown of some of the area’s most popular outdoor gems to get you started this summer.
Get out your boots and spurs, because a western-themed Bear Paw is right around the corner. The theme for this year’s annual community celebration is “Round-up at the Bear Paw Corral,” which Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber special events coordinator Merry Braham said should make for a stompin’ good time.