Eagle River

Eagle River is a neighborhood in Anchorage, Alaska with a population of 10,160. Eagle River is in Anchorage Borough. In Eagle River, most residents own their homes. Many families and young professionals live in Eagle River. The public schools in Eagle River are highly rated.

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ABOUT

Want to explore a wild river bottom with bears, moose, wolves, salmon and eagles? Launch an alpine hike only minutes from shopping? Enjoy a small-town festival in the shadow of big mountains? Eagle River is an independent-minded bedroom community about 12 miles up the freeway from Anchorage in the mouth of Eagle River Valley. It’s connected to rural Chugiak, Birchwood, Peters Creek, Thunderbird Heights and Eklutna—all sharing a strong sense that their place is separate and more down-to-earth than the big city to the south. Its geography is definitely stunning—slopes looming over a broad valley that reaches deep into the Chugach Mountains. And yet you’ll find gobs of human-scale activities.

At first, Eagle River might seem like a suburb for commuters, with subdivisions and a downtown district dominated by strip malls. But don’t let a drive-by first impression put you off. This community of 28,000 has that only-in-Alaska dynamic, where L48-style residential neighborhoods have mega-fauna for company, where everyone knows six different 15-minute drives leading to wilderness. The area features full services, groceries, shops, restaurants and lodging—plus an extensive trail system along the river, a state parks campground, and direct access to the high country.

In fact, you could as easily base your entire Alaska vacation in Eagle River as in Anchorage, with almost identical access to all the fishing, adventures, wildlife viewing, flightseeing, day cruises and other classic attractions of the Last Frontier. Right outside Eagle River in Peter's Creek, you will find the modern luxury loft vacation rental, Loft in the Clouds, which offers a rooftop deck with 360-degree views of Cook inlet!

Eagle River is 15 to 20 minutes closer to Denali National Park and the salmon streams along the Parks Highway, and less than an hour to the Mat-Su Valley destinations. (A half hour to Palmer / Wasilla and the Alaska State Fair!) Looking south, the ski resort town of Girdwood is an hour’s drive and day cruises to see tidewater glaciers in Whittier is about two hours.

And there’s a hidden gem: Eagle River Road reaches 12.6 miles into the mountains, ending at the Eagle River Nature Center where you’ll find naturalists, programs and recreation advice. It is a remarkable gateway into the heart of Chugach State Park.

FAVORITE ATTRACTION

  • Camp or picnic in Eagle River Campground. With 57 sites along wooded lanes, this state parks campground snuggles next to the river just off the highway, overlooking the locally famous Campground Rapids. With trails extending up the valley. A great family campground.

  • Paddling. Paddling options on Eagle River range from the placid, Class 1 route along the North Fork, to more challenging white water downstream. Or, connect with locally-owned AK Paddlesports. You'll find top-flight equipment for rent (and recommendations on where to go) along with expert-guided kayaking tours and lessons.

  • Go hiking. To explore the Eagle River Greenbelt, a network of trails wind through the river bottom. For a start, visit the Eagle River Loop Bridge Access (Briggs Bridge) to connect to the Lower Eagle River Trail for hiking and mountain biking, with connections downstream to the campground and upstream to the South Fork and Barbara Falls. If you'd like to take a hike with a local expert, check out Go Hike Alaska!

  • Enjoy a county-style fair with the locals. The annual four-day Bear Paw Festival brings fun events (including a parade,) live music and dancing, races, car show, carnival rides, food and drink, and all kinds of vendors every mid-July to downtown Eagle River. Sponsored by the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce.

GETTING THERE

Eagle River is inside the Municipality of Anchorage about 12 miles north of downtown, on the Glenn Highway just beyond a swath of mostly undeveloped military land. Take one of three freeway exits—Eagle River Loop at Mile 11.6 (best access to Eagle River and Hiland roads,) Old Glenn Highway & Eagle River Road at Mile 13.5 (direct access to the business district,) and North Eagle River at Mile 15.5.

THING TO DO IN EAGLE RIVER

HIGHLIGHTS

City Sightseeing Tours

City Sightseeing Tours

Get an insid­er’s view of Eagle River

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Kayak, pad­dle­board & canoe rentals. Expert guides available.

Winter Activities

Winter Activities

Take a cus­tom sight­see­ing tour out of Eagle Riv­er all year-round

Guided Hiking

Guided Hiking

Eagle Riv­er offers a range of easy nature walks to stren­u­ous treks.

MORE THINGS TO DO

Public Transportation

People Mover

People Mover is a division of the Municipality of Anchorage's Public Transportation Department (PTD) and is the largest public transit provider in the State of Alaska. Our buses hit the road on July 1, 1974 with 39,505 passengers hitching a ride during the first month. In 2008, People Mover set a ridership record of 4,220,667 trips that year. Today, each weekday, about 12,000 passengers enjoy a ride, boarding at one of our many bus stops in the greater Anchorage and Eagle River areas. The People Mover fleet includes modern, accessible, comfortable buses that travel 2.1 million miles annually - that's almost 85 trips around the world.

AnchorRIDES

AnchorRIDES is a shared ride service providing accessible transportation throughout the Anchorage Bowl in compliance with various local, state, and federal guidelines: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) - Complementary paratransit service for people whose disabilities prevent them from using People Mover. Senior Citizen Transportation - Grant funded service for individuals age 60 and over for health care and pharmacy trip purposes and locations. HCB Medicaid Waiver - Transportation service for persons eligible for the Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver through the State of Alaska, Senior and Disabilities Services.

RideShare

RideShare provides carpool group subsidies and oversight of COMMUTE with Enterprise, hired to manage and operate carpooling services for the Anchorage commute area. A carpool is a group of five or more riders who work and travel at agreed upon times, days and locations. Carpool members receive a variety of benefits in one low, monthly rate plus fuel costs.