Discover the natural beauty of the Matanuska Valley with Fido at the Matanuska Lakes State Recreation Area! Formerly known as Kepler-Bradley, this pawpular park is pawfect for clearing your head and reconnecting with nature in the Anchorage muttropolitan area.
Canine friends are welcome at the SRA as long as they are leashed and accompanied by a human. If your pooch enjoys going on walkies, they'll have a woofin' good time at Matanuska Lakes! The park contains over 4 miles of hiking trails that meander around the area's lakes, offering puptacular views of the picturesque landscape. You and Fido will find the main trailhead just 100 yards from Matanuska Lake; from here, you'll be taken on a pleasant walk through the woods and past waterfowl habitat where you might spot some loons. The trails are mostly flat and make for an easy hike, with only a few steep sections at the eastern end of the lake.
If your athletic pup barely broke a sweat, there are additional options, as the SRA's trails connect to a larger trail system known as the Matanuska Greenbelt. Covering 350 acres between Glenn Highway, Palmer-Wasilla Highway, Parks Highway, and Trunk Road, the Matanuska Greenbelt offers over 30 miles of challenging trails that are furrific for burning off your doggo's boundless energy. Whether you and Fido stick to the Matanuska Lakes trails or venture out to the Matanuska Greenbelt, be sure to always clean up after your furry pal.
After you've tackled the trails, snag a table at one of the park's picnic areas to refuel with a packed lunch. Once your pup is ready for more adventure, rent a canoe and head out onto the lake. If you'd like to stay for a couple more days, there are a few campsites in the SRA, plus state and private campgrounds nearby.
A pawtastic time awaits you and your four-legged friend at the Matanuska Lakes State Recreation Area!