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Camping at Finger Lake State Recreation Site

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Location and Access

Finger Lake State Recreation Site is located in Alaska, not far from the town of Palmer in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. It provides easy access via paved roads, and visitors can locate the recreation site with the help of maps, GPS devices, or by seeking directions from local resources.

Facilities and Amenities

The recreation site typically offers the following amenities:

  • Campsites: There are designated campsites for tents and sometimes spaces for RVs, including basic facilities such as picnic tables and fire pits.
  • Toilets: Vault toilets are commonly found at this type of recreation site.
  • Water Access: Finger Lake itself provides an opportunity for various water activities such as kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, and fishing.
  • Boat Launch: There is often a boat launch available for those who wish to bring their own boats.
  • Day Use Areas: Picnic areas are typically available for day users.


  • Camping: Tent and possibly RV camping are available for overnight guests.
  • Boating: With the boat launch, boaters can enjoy a day on the water.
  • Fishing: The lake may offer recreational fishing; check local regulations for fishing seasons and license requirements.
  • Hiking: While specific hiking trails might not be within the recreation site, there are usually trails in the surrounding areas.
  • Wildlife Observation: Opportunities to see wildlife in their natural habitat.

Reservation and Fees

Camping spots at Finger Lake State Recreation Site might be available on a first-come, first-served basis, or they may require reservations. It's important to check the latest information on the booking process and fee structure, which can vary depending on the facilities and length of stay.

Season and Accessibility

The recreation site is typically open during the summer months when the weather is most conducive to camping and outdoor activities. During the winter, accessibility and services might be limited due to snow and harsh weather conditions. Always check if the site is operational before planning a trip, especially outside of the summer season.

Safety and Regulations

  • Wildlife: As with any outdoor area in Alaska, be aware of the local wildlife and take precautions to avoid encounters with bears and moose.
  • Fire Safety: Follow local fire regulations and restrictions, especially during dry seasons when the risk of wildfires is high.
  • Leave No Trace: Campers should follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize their impact on the natural environment.
  • Pets: If pets are allowed, they typically must be on a leash and under physical control at all times.

For the most accurate and up-to-date information, it's advisable to contact the local managing authority or visit the official website for Finger Lake State Recreation Site before your trip. This will ensure you have the latest on any changes in regulations, amenities, fees, and usage patterns due to seasonal or situational factors.

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