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Bird-Creek River is located south of Anchorage and is the first major salmon river as you head out on the Seward Highway. It's a popular spot for tourists as it's not too far from the city, but is in a beautiful natural setting in what is called "The Real Alaska." The river has always had a very productive Silver Salmon run. There is a viewing platform just east of where the river passes under the Seward Highway, so if you are fishing it, you'll be "on display" as tourists stop to admire the scenery and "Alaska fishing." To ease some major problems with parking and dangers of fishermen crossing the very busy Seward Highway, the state has been working on a major parking lot construction project. The Bird Creek area covers 495,204 acres. Activities, besides fishing, include hiking, picnicking, wildlife viewing, biking and hiking. There are 28 campsites at Bird Creek, with a fee of $15.00 and a limit of seven nights. All campsites are wooded sites with fire rings and picnic tables, water and latrines. Campground hosts offer assistance and firewood is usually available near the hosts site for a small fee. Fishing tip: Fish the creek on the rising tide, as fish will start to build up at the mouth at low tide, and will start moving into the creek as the tide rises. All areas are not fishable at high tide. If you're visiting Anchorage and want to get a taste of what it's like to really "fish Alaska," Bird Creek is a great day trip and fulfills that wish.

Surrounding areas: Girdwood, Alaska (7.3 mi), Hope, Alaska (12.7 mi), Pribilof Islands, Alaska (20.9 mi), Eagle River, Alaska (22.6 mi), Anchorage, Alaska (23.9 mi), Chugiak, Alaska (26.8 mi), Whittier, Alaska (27.2 mi)

Bird Creek Vacation Rentals

Bird Creek Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Alyeska ResortGirdwood, AK7.3 mi.(907) 754-2264
Alyeska Prince Hotel1000 ArlbergGirdwood, AK8.0 mi.(907) 754-2135
Ramada Ltd Hotel Of Anchcorage207 Muldoon RdAnchorage, AK19.8 mi.(907) 929-7000
Dimond Center Hotel700 E Dimond BlvdAnchorage, AK20.4 mi.(907) 770-5000
Bet Western Golden Lion Hotel1600 E 36TH AveAnchorage, AK21.3 mi.(907) 501-1522
Parkwood Inn4455 Juneau StAnchorage, AK21.4 mi.(907) 563-3590
Best Western Garden Lion Hotel1000 E 36TH AveAnchorage, AK21.6 mi.(907) 561-1522
Residence Inn By Marriott Anchorage1025 35th AveAnchorage, AK21.6 mi.(907) 563-9844
Fairfield Inn & Suites Anchorage5060 A StAnchorage, AK21.7 mi.(907) 222-9000
Hilton Garden Inn Anchorage4540 A StAnchorage, AK21.8 mi.(907) 729-7000
Extended Stay Deluxe700 E 34th StAnchorage, AK21.9 mi.(907) 646-4208
Hilton Garden Inn Anchorage100 W Tudor RdAnchorage, AK22.0 mi.(907) 729-7000
Homewood Suites By Hilton Anchorage140 W TudorAnchorage, AK22.0 mi.(907) 729-7000
Hampton Inn Anchorage4301 Credit Union DrAnchorage, AK22.1 mi.(907) 550-7000
Anchorage Springhill Suites By Marriott3401 A StAnchorage, AK22.3 mi.(877) 729-0197
Hillside Motel2150 Gambell StAnchorage, AK22.3 mi.(907) 258-6006
Accents On Family Guest Suites2600 Cordova St Suite 100Anchorage, AK22.4 mi.(800) 770-0227
Eagle River Motel11111 Old Eagle River RdEagle River, AK22.6 mi.(907) 694-5000
Rodeway Inn Anchorage441 E 15th AveAnchorage, AK22.8 mi.(907) 276-3114
Travelodge720 Gambell StAnchorage, AK22.9 mi.(907) 277-1511
Puffin Place Hotel1058 W 27TH AveAnchorage, AK23.1 mi.(907) 279-1058
Anchorage Chelsea Inn Corp Dba Chelsea Inn3836 Spenard RdAnchorage, AK23.2 mi.(907) 276-5002
Days Inn Anchorage321 E 5th AveAnchorage, AK23.2 mi.(907) 276-7226
Extented Stay Deluxe108 E 8th AveAnchorage, AK23.2 mi.(907) 868-1605
Sheraton Anchorage Hotel401 E 6TH AveAnchorage, AK23.2 mi.(907) 276-8700
Aaa Mexico Hotel3903 Spenard RdAnchorage, AK23.3 mi.(907) 248-4848
Clarion Suites325 W 8th AveAnchorage, AK23.4 mi.(907) 274-1000
Ramada Inn Anchorage Downtown115 E 3rd AveAnchorage, AK23.4 mi.(907) 272-7561
Anchorage Airport Courtyard By Marriott4901 Spenard RdAnchorage, AK23.5 mi.(877) 729-0197
Best Western Barratt Inn4616 Spenard RdAnchorage, AK23.5 mi.(907) 243-3131
Chandler Inn4540 Spenard RdAnchorage, AK23.5 mi.(907) 243-4044
Executive Suite Hotel4360 Spenard RdAnchorage, AK23.5 mi.(907) 243-6366
Holiday Inn Express Anchorage Airport4411 Spenard RdAnchorage, AK23.5 mi.(907) 248-8848
Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel239 W 4TH AveAnchorage, AK23.5 mi.(907) 793-5500
Millennium Alaskan Hotel Anchorage4800 Spenard RdAnchorage, AK23.5 mi.(907) 243-2300
Coast International Inn3333 W International Airport RdAnchorage, AK23.6 mi.(907) 243-2233
Historic Anchorage Hotel330 E StAnchorage, AK23.6 mi.(907) 272-4553
Inlet Tower Hotel And Suites1200 L StAnchorage, AK23.6 mi.(907) 276-0110
Eagle River Microtel13049 Old Glenn HwyEagle River, AK23.6 mi.(907) 622-6000
Anchorage Grand Hotel505 W 2nd AveAnchorage, AK23.7 mi.(907) 929-8888

Bird Creek Weather & Climate

South-central Alaska has a subarctic climate, with strong oceanic influences. This region gets less rain, but more snow, than the southeast Panhandle region. Summers are short and cool to mild, and winters are long and cold. There are frequent, strong southeast winds, known as the Knik wind, in this area, especially in the winter. Rains are frequent in late summer. The number of frost-free summer days number 101. The latitude in this region causes summer days to be very long and winter days to be very short. It is also generally very cloudy during winter. Due to the proximity to active volcanoes, ash hazards may occur and are significant, but not frequent.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 26°F 14°F 7.32 in. -
February 29°F 15°F 5.17 in. -
March 36°F 19°F 4.50 in. -
April 44°F 27°F 5.40 in. -
May 53°F 35°F 3.40 in. -
June 61°F 42°F 2.22 in. -
July 65°F 47°F 2.34 in. -
August 63°F 46°F 4.31 in. -
September 55°F 39°F 8.18 in. -
October 42°F 29°F 7.55 in. -
November 32°F 20°F 6.50 in. -
December 28°F 16°F 7.61 in. -

Bird Creek Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Ted Stevens Anchorage International airport (ANC) located about 25 miles northwest of Bird Creek in Anchorage, Alaska, the Palmer Municipal airport (PAQ) located approximately 40 miles north of Bird Creek in Palmer, Alaska, the Soldotna airport (SXQ) located roughly 68 miles southwest of Bird Creek in Soldotna, Alaska, and finally the Kenai Municipal airport (ENA) located around 71 miles west of Bird Creek in Kenai, Alaska.

Bird Creek Attractions

Golf Courses
Anchorage Golf CourseAnchorageAK23.5 mi.
Par T Golf CourseAnchorageAK23.5 mi.
Russian Jack Springs Golf CourseAnchorageAK23.5 mi.
Tanglewood Lakes Golf ClubAnchorageAK23.5 mi.
Ski Areas
Alyeska ResortGirdwoodAK7.3 mi.
AlpenglowAnchorageAK23.9 mi.
Hilltop Ski AreaAnchorageAK23.9 mi.
State Parks
Chugach State ParkAK8.6 mi. 

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