By Connie Storch, Fort Wainwright PAOAugust 11, 2011
FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska - The scenic photos taken by Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s Venus Sun illustrate just some of the natural wonders Outdoor Recreation is determined to share with Soldiers and their Families. Outdoor Recreation offers custom trips for patrons interested in experiencing more of what Alaska has to offer. Whether it’s fishing, backpacking, hiking or relaxing in a backcountry cabin, there’s no need to wait until a prescheduled trip. Contact the ORC staff to learn more about what they have to offer at 361-4089 or if you’re ready to make reservations, call 361-6349.
The next Dall River Pike Hunt takes place Aug. 19-21. A trip to the Dall River drainage, a remote tributary of the Yukon River brings anglers questing for northern pike up to 40 inches long. Customers bring their own breakfast, Alaska fishing license, fishing rod, tackle, small cooler, bug repellant, rain gear, sleeping bag and pad. The fee is $110 per adult and $99 per youth 15-17. Transportation, tents, coolers with ice, lunch and evening meals are included with the fee.
A trip to Valdez Sept. 2-4 puts anglers into the sweet spot for silvers, salmon highly prized for their flavor. An Alaska fishing license is required. The fee is $219 and space is limited.
An overnight camping trip at Granite Tors Sept. 10-11 should offer scenic views, berries ripe for picking and peak fall foliage. Hike the 16-mile loop and enjoy an evening under the stars or with luck, catch a glimpse of the northern lights. The cost is just $40 per person 14 and older (Family member teens must be with a parent).
Sweet rewards await those who choose to go berry picking with Outdoor Recreation around local hills Sept. 17. There’s no fee to attend, but sign up early; space is limited.
Hit the trails during the all-terrain vehicle ride in the White Mountains at Quartz Creek scheduled for Sept. 18. Enjoy crisp, fresh air and fall foliage on this day trip. Customers bring their own lunches, snacks and beverages; goggles; gloves and over-the-ankle boots as well as a daypack and bungee cord to secure the pack to the ATV.
For information about any of these trips or a custom tour for your group or family, call 361-4089 or visit Outdoor Recreation near the main gate in Glass Park, Building 4050.