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Point Bridget State Park  

Point Bridget State Park

Juneau's only state park is Point Bridget State Park, a 2850-acre unit overlooking Berners Bay and Lynn Canal 39 miles north of the downtown area. The park was created in 1988 after a decade and a half of lobbying by locals and conservationists alike who thought Alaska's state capital should be home to a state park.

Point Bridget is an incredibly scenic area, a combination of meadows, cliffs, spectacular views, salmon spawning streams, rocky beaches and the sea. Wildlife is plentiful. Porcupine and squirrels dance through the woods while In the middle of Beaver House Meadow is a large beaver dam and lodge. In spring black bear feed on sedges in the meadow and during the salmon run in late July, bears from a large area are drawn to the feast. Sea lions are frequently seen frolicking along the shore as well as harbor seals. From April through September, humpbacks feed in the area and it's not unusual to see one of these giants spout, display a fluke or even breach.

The park is a popular destination for birding, beachcombing, wildlife viewing, boating and hiking. There is excellent salmon fishing off the Berners Bay beaches and in Cowee Creek. In the winter the meadows and open forest allow for excellent skiing and snowshoeing opportunities.

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