If you visit Nome, Alaska, this summer, head out Kougarok Road and find solitude at the BLM Salmon Lake Campground. This tucked-away little gem, located at mile 40, is popular with locals and visitors alike.
The primitive campground features six campsites, fire rings, picnic tables, bear-proof trash bins, a natural boat launch and a new outhouse built in 2015. What you WON’T find: lines of RVs, dump stations or fees. The campground opens in late June and remains open until October, depending on snow and road conditions. While in the area, look for the historic Wild Goose Pipeline, a wooden structure built to carry water for sluicing from Grand Central River to nearby claims during the gold rush.
Salmon Lake is spawning grounds for the northernmost run of sockeye salmon in the U.S. The lake also contains Arctic grayling, Dolly Varden, least cisco, round whitefish and burbot, so bring a fly rod. Birders, bring your binocs. Bluethroat, red-necked grebe, red-throated loon, long-tailed duck, red-breasted merganser, mew gull and glaucous gull may be spotted here.
A solid #mypubliclandsroadtrip camping pick for solitude, endless views and amazing wildlife!
Now don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Acacia Brinley but if she ends up playing Alaska Young there is a chance that I will not be going to see the movie.
This is a character that I hold very dear to my heart and was disappointed when the movie was announced.
Just please give Alaska an actress who can portray her complexity without tearing apart the wonderfully bewildering character that John green managed to create.
Take the Backroads – #mypubliclandsroadtrip explores the sights along the Steese Highway in Alaska!
Modern day travelers can follow historic mining trails on the Steese Highway that once guided a torrent of prospectors to Interior Alaska’s goldfields. Here you can explore the vast landscape of the Great Interior, traditional home of the Athabascan people, and encounter local people who still hunt, trap, and mine in the same spirit as earlier Alaskans.
The 175-mile-long Steese Highway (Alaska Route 6) connects Fairbanks with the small town of Circle on the bank of the mighty Yukon River. Only the first 80 miles of the Steese Highway are paved, but the road is maintained year-round.
In addition to its own scenic and historic attractions, the highway also provides access to a world of outdoor adventure on BLM-managed public lands north of Fairbanks. From the Steese Highway, you can explore the Steese National Conservation Area, the White Mountains National Recreation Area, Beaver Creek Wild and Scenic River, and Birch Creek Wild and Scenic River.