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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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  • August 6, 2017
    We didn't have a lot of time to spend here, but I would go back and rent kayaks or go for a hike around the lake. Beautiful, and remarkably the water isn't that cold!  more »
  • July 27, 2017
    WE went to Byer's Lake and rented canoes for a few hours. The prices are fair and the staff was very friendly. the canoes are right down by the lake so there is no need to carry them. on a sunny day t...  more »
  • July 24, 2017
    We had a great hike at Byers Lake and rented a canoe for an hour ($20). It's a gorgeous lake, so seeing it from the boat and trail was nice.  more »

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