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Willow is a city in south-central Alaska that's part of the Anchorage Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2000 census, the population was 1,658 residents. To reach Willow from Anchorage, drive north on the Glenn Highway approximately an hour, then turn left (north) onto the George Parks Highway. Willow is a 30-45 minute drive straight ahead. There are bus tours from Anchorage that will take you to Willow, as well. The town of Willow is called the "Recreation Capital of Alaska," and is often host to the "re-start" of the famous Iditarod Sled-Dog Race due to poor weather conditions elsewhere. Willow began as a gold mining camp in the late 1800s. With the arrival of the Alaska Railroad in 1920, it continued to thrive, and by the mid 1950s, Willow Creek had become Alaskas largest gold mining district. The gold mines are closed now, but tours are available of the historic Independence Mining District. For outdoor recreation, Willow is near Big Lake, Nancy Lake State Recreation Area, and Denali National Park. Activities include fishing, boating, canoeing, hiking, skiing, snowmobiling, camping and dog sledding. The community of Willow offers superb views of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) and Mt. McKinley. It's a great place to experience "true Alaska" off the beaten track, yet not far from the larger metropolitan areas.

Surrounding areas: Nancy Lake, Alaska (5.6 mi), Big Lake, Alaska (17.2 mi), Wasilla, Alaska (22.3 mi), Eklutna, Alaska (29.9 mi), Chugiak, Alaska (30.8 mi), Palmer, Alaska (31.1 mi), Eagle River, Alaska (34.0 mi)

Willow Vacation Rentals

Willow Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Big Lake MotelBig Lake, AK17.2 mi.(907) 892-7976
Best Western Lake Lucille Inn1300 W Lk Lucille DrWasilla, AK22.3 mi.(907) 373-1776
Roadside InnWasilla, AK22.3 mi.(907) 373-4646
Trail Masters LLC ( Log Cabin Rentals)HC 30 2150 S Endeavor RdWasilla, AK22.3 mi.(907) 357-4889
Windbreak Cafe2201 E Park HwyWasilla, AK22.3 mi.(907) 376-4484
Agate Inn4725 Begich CirWasilla, AK25.1 mi.(907) 373-2290

Willow Weather & Climate

The south-central region of Alaska has cool summers and bitterly cold winters. The summer weather is tempered by the relatively warm ocean waters to the south and the Alaska Range to the north, which protects it from the very cold temperatures common to interior Alaska. Summer temperatures rise into the 70s, with occasional highs in the 80s, however night time readings may fall into the 40s. Winter temperatures average around 6.4 degrees F. minimum, but may fall to 20 degrees below zero and rise above freezing later on. September is the wettest month of the year. Summertime weather is typically cloudy, although sunny skies are not uncommon. This region receives about 50 inches of snowfall in the winter. There are two glaciers in the area, the Matanuska Glacier and the Knik Glacier. Wind blows off of these glaciers and funnels into the region.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 14°F -5°F 1.08 in. -
February 23°F -2°F 0.88 in. -
March 35°F 6°F 0.81 in. -
April 46°F 21°F 0.92 in. -
May 59°F 33°F 1.04 in. -
June 66°F 43°F 1.51 in. -
July 69°F 48°F 2.14 in. -
August 66°F 45°F 3.12 in. -
September 56°F 36°F 3.54 in. -
October 38°F 20°F 3.12 in. -
November 22°F 3°F 1.59 in. -
December 16°F -2°F 1.91 in. -

Willow Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Palmer Municipal airport (PAQ) located about 31 miles southeast of Willow in Palmer, Alaska and the Ted Stevens Anchorage International airport (ANC) located approximately 41 miles south of Willow in Anchorage, Alaska.

Willow Attractions

Golf Courses
Settlers Bay Golf CourseWasillaAK22.6 mi.
Sleepy Hollow Golf CourseWasillaAK22.6 mi.
Ski Areas
AlpenglowAnchorageAK38.2 mi.
Hilltop Ski AreaAnchorageAK38.2 mi.
Alyeska ResortGirdwoodAK63.4 mi.

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