Eagle River Chugiak Alaska
The community of Eagle River/Chugiak sits just north of Anchorage and is part of the Municipality of Anchorage. A short 10 mile drive from downtown, Eagle River offers both outdoor excursions and upscale activities.
For those looking to get close to nature without having to go all the way into the backcountry, the Eagle River Nature Center is a great choice. Part of Chugach State Park, the center provides displays and information on local wildlife and nature. There are daily guided nature walks around the center, and cabins and yurts can be rented on a daily or weekly basis. Other activities in the area include camping, fishing, rafting and swimming. Nearby Eklutna Lake offers beautiful trails for hiking, biking and cross country skiing, as well as Eklutna Historical Park, home of the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church. The downtown district of Eagle River has a wide range of dining options, from upscale to fast food, and there are several hotels and Bed and Breakfasts available for visitors who want to stay a day or two. This tight-knit community has regular local events such as the yearly Bear Paw Festival, theater groups and art shows.
The area's history comes from the Dena'ina Indians, who settled in Eklutna and throughout Eagle River and Chugiak. The Alaska Railroad brought colonists in during the early 1900's, and it became a large agricultural community. It currently has a population of just under 23,000 people.
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