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Lake Louise State Recreation Area  

Lake Louise State Recreation Area

Located west of Glennallen in the Copper Valley, Lake Louise State Recreational Area is a popular year-round playground for Alaskans and visitors alike. The 90-acre recreation area lies at the south end of Lake Louise and, along with adjoining Susitna Lake, extends over 37 square miles. This is Alaska's largest lake system that is accessible by road.

The two lakes and the surrounding area are home to a variety of wildlife and birds, including the only known freshwater nesting site for cormorants. This nesting site, known as Bird Island, is also a rare inland nesting site for gulls. Other wildlife that may be seen while traveling the large lakes include moose, wolf, bear, fox, sheep, lynx and the annual migration of the Nelchina caribou herd each fall, from October through November.

Lake Louise offers great year-round fishing, in particular for lake trout but also whitefish, burbot and Arctic grayling. Lake trout average from eight to 12 pounds, but 20 pounders are caught every year. Other summer activities include camping, boating, birding, hiking, biking and berry picking. In the winter, visitors can ride snowmobiles, cross-country ski, ice-skate and view the northern lights.

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