Cook Inlet is seen from Clam Gulch State Recreation Area on Feb. 7, 2020, in Clam Gulch, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion file)

Cook Inlet is seen from Clam Gulch State Recreation Area on Feb. 7, 2020, in Clam Gulch, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion file)

Free parking at Alaska State Parks the day after Thanksgiving

The move aims to encourage Alaskans to get outside during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend

Parking fees at Alaska State Parks will be waived on Friday, Nov. 25, according to a press release from the State Department of Natural Resources, “to give Alaskans one more reason to get outside during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.”

Ricky Gease, director of the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, is quoted in the release, saying “in the best interest of public health, we want to do our part to empower Alaskans to get outside and enjoy some fresh air on a day when many wake up early to get a jump on their holiday shopping.”

Around the Kenai Peninsula, parking fees will be waived at State Recreation Areas in Clam Gulch, Crooked Creek, Deep Creek, Johnson Lake, Kasilof River, Lowell Point, Ninilchik, Captain Cook, Anchor River, Stariski and Blueberry Lake. Fees are also waived in the Kenai River Special Management Area, including Bing’s Landing, Cooper Landing, Eagle Rock, Funny River, Izaak Walton, Kenai River Flats, Morgan’s Landing and The Pillars.

At each of these locations, parking fees are usually $5.

For more information on fees at Alaska State Parks, visit

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