Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats
Promoting responsible use and enjoyment of Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge
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Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge - An Alaskan Treasure

The Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge is 45 square miles of wetlands, forest, lakes and tidal sloughs located 30 minutes north of Anchorage and within close proximity to over half of Alaska’s population. Ducks, geese, sandhill cranes, moose, muskrats, salmon and many other birds, mammals and fish call it home.

It is because of this rich diversity of habitat and wildlife, and its all around natural beauty, that many Alaskans from all walks of life and recreational preferences make the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge one of the most important and cherished recreation areas in Alaska.

Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats (APH) is dedicated to preserving this stunningly beautiful and valuable recreation area for all Alaskans to enjoy. It truly is an Alaskan treasure.

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Join Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats

Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats is a varied blend of Alaskan outdoor enthusiasts from all walks of life who enjoy fishing, hunting, bird watching, picnicking, photography, snowmobiling, skiing, skating, dog sledding and more on the Hay Flats. Our passion is to ensure these same recreational opportunities will be here for future generations to come. Through special projects, events and education programs, we are dedicated to preserving its natural beauty, wildlife habitat and enhancing, for all Alaskans, the recreational opportunities unique to Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge.

If you share our passion for this unique Alaskan treasure, and would like to be part of its future, please consider joining the growing numbers of Alaskan citizens who support Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats.

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Consider a Donation

Please help us continue our work of fostering stewardship of public lands by making a gift of any amount. Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats is dedicated to the preservation and responsible stewardship of the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge through conservation, public awareness, education and enhancement projects. Your donation supports these efforts.

Items of Interest

Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge offers a great slide program about Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge. Schedule an informative presentation about this "gem in our midst" for your club, organization or agency. Learn about the beginnings of this special place from Native historical times to colonization and its geological transformation to an important migratory stop on the Pacific Flyway. It will open your eyes to wild habitat and four-season recreational possibilities you were never aware of until now. Call (907) 357-8711 or Contact us to schedule a showing.

We are pleased to share with you this web link to the Last Frontier Magazine’s January posting of APH’s interview by Anne Sanders, editor, describing Reflections Lake history and development.


Press Releases of Interest

February 10, 2014
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Trappers present "Shared Trails" dog safety workshop in Mat-Su

January, 2014
Great Land Trust
Great Land Trust enhances public access to the Palmer Hay Flats [State] Game Refuge through purchase of 917 acres

 Events & Happenings (All events)

Ever thought about parking your RV or camper at either Cottonwood Creek or Reflections Lake some summer and getting reimbursed to do it? This summer could be that summer. Volunteer hosts are needed this summer to provide overall supervision of visitor use at the two locations noted about. Curious? Learn more >>

2014 Annual Summer Family Festival
Join us for a full day of summer fun at Reflections Lake in the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge. Enjoy presentations by Circus Arts, and Alaska Bird TLC. Mid-day music by Miracle Drummers and Dancers.  Wooden toy houses for the kids to paint.  Kayaks will be available for rent. See our brochure >>

Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits like Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flatsn Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. See how easy it is to give just by shopping! Learn more >>


Head on over to Mat-Su College the last Wednesday of the month and learn about Ahtna history, Denai'na caches, non-ative blackfish research and wolves' use of snow machine trails. Series starts February 26l.
See you there!
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Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats (APH) is now seeking Board members who hold the principles of our mission statement in high regard, and who wish to contribute their unique perspectives and expertise toward achieving the vision it holds. Read more >>

Natural Science Education/Community Center

Learn more about our proposed Natural Science Education/Community Center including the master site plan, cost estimates and other planning aspects of this unique project designed for youth and adult education programs, recreational enjoyment and general community use. Learn more >>


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