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Lake Louise State Recreation Area

Elevation: 2,448 feet


GIS: 62.284444, -146.556944

Address: 17.2 miles Lake Louise Road

Driving Directions: Mile 158 Glenn Highway to Lake Louise Road. Drive 0.4 miles to "T"; turn left for Lake Louise Campground, turn right for Army Point Campground.

The Lake Louise State Recreation Area has a large campground, boat launch, and picnic areas, as well as a trail leading to the hilltop where the Army's original recreation area's cabins still stand, although in a state of severe disrepair.


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Visitors can expect to see a wide variety of wildlife, including the only know freshwater nesting site for cormorants, located on Bird Island. In the fall the Nelchina caribou herd passes through this area. The fishing in the lake is considered excellent, with a variety of freshwater fish, including lake trout and burbot.

  • Facilities: Lake Louise State Recreation Area

    • ADA Facility - Yes

    • 511 Acres

    • 58 Campsites

    • No RV size limit

    • Camping Limit - 14 days

    • Daily Parking Fee

    • Toilets

    • Water

    • 10 Picnic sites

    • 1 picnic shelter

    • Boat Launch

Lake Louise State Recreational Area is located near Glennallen in the Copper Valley.  Lake Louise is a favorite playground for Alaskans year-round. Area activities include camping, fishing, boating, bird watching, hiking, biking, berry picking, snow machining, skiing, skating, hunting, and Northern Lights viewing.  Lake Louise offers great year round fishing and sports four species of fish: lake trout, whitefish, burbot and arctic grayling.  The lake trout run from 8 to 12 pounds, but 20 pounders are not uncommon.

Lake Louise and the surrounding area are home to a great variety of wildlife and birds. It is the only known recorded freshwater nesting site for cormorants.  This nesting site, known as Bird Island is also a rare inland nesting site for gulls.  The Lake Louise area is the summer home to trumpeter swans, loons and many other water fowl. Wildlife viewing opportunities include moose, wolf, bear, fox, sheep, lynx and the annual migration of the Nelchina caribou herd each October through November.

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