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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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  • This was a great spot for a easy hike. The terrain is fairly flat, with few obstacles. Lots of birds and small animals around to get a look at.  more »
  • We had a nice day to hike around the lake. It is quiet. We saw salmon spawning, and we saw two pacific loons.  more »
  • If you like to hike, this is a "must do"! My hubby and 2 older teens stopped here for a break on our way from Anchorage to Denali. We took a hike around the lake and views were incredible! Yes, it was...  more »
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  • Kayaking was amazing. Water was like glass. Great views
  • Big clear lake in a beautiful setting.
  • Best fishing in Alaska on the upper part of Byers creek. This guy almost looks like a steelhead

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