Eagle River

Population: 24,000
Eagle River is located on the Glenn Highway, 13 miles from downtown Anchorage.
Visitor information:
Chugiak–Eagle River Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 770353, Eagle River, AK 99577; phone (907) 694-4702.

The Chugiak–Eagle River area was homesteaded after WWII when the new Glenn Highway opened this rural area northeast of Anchorage. Today, Eagle River is a fast-growing residential area with a full range of businesses, most located along the Old Glenn Highway east off the Glenn Highway.

Eagle River has accommodations, dining, supermarkets, banks, gas stations, a laundromat, shopping centers and a variety of shops. The Saint John Orthodox Cathedral is just outside Eagle River (turn off at the South Birchwood Loop Road or take the Old Glenn Highway north out of Eagle River). The community also has a post office, a 6-screen movie theatre and ice hockey rink. Camping at Chugach State Park’s Eagle River Campground.

Attractions:

  • The annual Bear Paw Festival in July.
  • Eagle River Nature Center at Mile 12.5 Eagle River Road has natural history displays, viewing telescope and self-guiding nature trails. A cabin and yurt rentals are reserveable through the center. This is also the trailhead for the Historic Iditarod-Crow Pass Trail to Girdwood.
  • Shop the Farmer’s Market on Tuesday’s in summer at the VFW Post parking lot, 3–7 p.m.