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Byers Lake, Talkeetna

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Byers lake is a small lake in Denali State Park, Alaska, north of Talkeetna. The lake is named for a fisherman who was brought there many times by bush pilot Don Sheldon in the 1950s. It is accessible from the George Parks Highway and has a developed campground, several public-use cabins and a small boat dock. The Alaska Veterans Memorial is on a hilltop adjacent to the lake. Gasoline powered motors and floatplane landings are not permitted on the lake. The lake used to contain a sizable population of lake trout but due to overfishing in the time since the highway was built in 1972 the population has dwindled, and landings of lake trout are now rare, although there are still burbot in the lake as well. Salmon also come into the lake but salmon fishing is not permitted. Campers are advised to keep a clean camp as the campground is frequently visited by bears. The lake is also home in summer months to trumpeter swans and common loons.
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  • Byers Lake is about 50 miles north on the Parks highway from the "Y" where the Talkeetna Spur road intersects it, and 32 miles north of Trapper Creek, the closest real town where you can stop and eat ...  more »
  • My wife and I saw Byers Lake from the air as we flew with Era Helicopters on their Glacier Landing Tour during our 'Natural Wonders of Alaska' tour with Titan Travel in May 2016. We were staying for 2...  more »
  • We went on a guided walk around Byers Lake as an optional extra, while staying at McKinley Princess Lodge. It was raining at the lodge, but perfectly fine at Byers. There were only six people on the w...  more »