DLOA LLC was formed in 1998 to insure that there is continued access to the Lower Susitna Drainage. The drainage includes the Susitna River, Deshka River, Yentna River, and the Alexander Creek and all their tributaries. We provide year-round access to the river system via a boat launch ramp. We encompass approximately 41 acres, of which about 20 acres is use for the main parking lot to include parking, storage, a small store, indoor restrooms, and fuel.
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Conditions seem to be improving with the skiff of snow earlier this weekend, and more traffic to flatten out the One track most are traveling.. yet to be seen if we are going to receive rain or snow this week, if it snows it will help if it rain it will not.. So hope for snow and we might have a nice weekend on the river.
It has cooled off at night 3 above last night, Making the wet areas hard again, but they are hard and extremely rough, and what was very wet is now glare ice... Ice scratchers and Studded tracks recommended and be sure to take it easy until you get your bearings straight on the new conditions.
Still warm and wet around here... I would say any travel is at least not pleasurable if not down right not good. Numerous spots of over flow, from Alexander Creek, Deadman Slough, Kroto, Moose Creek, Grass Island (deshka), here at the Launch, and about any where between here and there. Freezing temps are predicted for later this week, so should help the over flow, but probably make for some rough riding. Make sure you are wearing Ice Cleats, around the parking area as no matter where you are and how much I put down gravel it is slippery, and take it easy driving around.
I have not received any comprehensive trail reports this weekend yet, Last i heard the SU and Yentna are holding up okay, Day time warming making a mess in the afternoon, Smaller sloughs and streams are the first to see the over flow and or worse, The upper Deshka by the Grass Island has been reported to be nasty with bank to bank overflow, but the overland trails that way are okay (last i heard as of Friday). It is currently raining and 33 out so roads are slippery and cannot be helping the conditions on the trail.
Well the warm weather took a pause last night, it got down to about 6 above. up to about 10 now. The warm weather has caused some smushy snow areas, and some day time wetness. some over flow was reported on the Deshka, and up by the Tal.
Good news everybody, we just upgraded our weather station, and is working correctly again, if you are following us on weather underground make sure you are using station "KAKWILLO3" ---the O is an o (oh) not zero.
If you happened to just look at the weather cam it caught a big group with Alaska Back Country Adventures heading out on this cold afternoon!
Who likes -30????? well if you do we have it this morning!!! but the sun is still shining and we are actually starting to feel some heat from it when its at its highest point so not feeling too bad during the day... Trails should still be good out there with all this cold weather we have been having!!
Well we have stopped looking at the weather forecast for around here... its been around 0 during the day and -15 to -20 at night... Good for the trail and ice, but pretty chilly! looks like then next 10 days at least are more of the same.. the good thing is it has been absolutely beautiful out there with the sun and moon! Come out and enjoy the great weather!
Knik-200 Start here today at 1pm!! a balmy -15 out but the sun is shining bright and should be a great day to come out watch the start of the race then head out on the river! They should be getting back to the landing between 8pm and 10pm tonight and then heading back out early in the morning.. .Finish should be tomorrow starting at about 10am for the winners!
Cold again... -19 this morning.. hasn't hardly gotten above 0 the last week since the snow fall. Trails should be set up nicely this weekend for another cool, fun weekend on the river! Another 50 or so dog teams will be traveling between here and Yentna Station saturday and Sunday. So keep a eye out for them!
Well 24 hours brought us up about 30 degrees, hovering around 15 above now, but to top it off 4-6 fresh very powdery inches of snow on the ground so far! still calling for a "storm" total of about 14", which any other year we would just call a nice Friday snow fall, but this year it might double what we have on the ground right now! Come out and play in the powder! Don't forget with there will be 50 or so dog teams heading from Big Lake to Finger Lake and back this weekend, with the flat light and snow coming down they will be a bit tougher to see so be on the look out!
-15 out there this morning..supposed to warm up just enough to start dumping some snow finally tonight and tomorrow 6-12 expected. stayed around zero here for the highs and lows around 10 below the last few days before the -15 this morning. River should be hard and fast right now!. Just a FYI there is going to be a Dog Sled Races the next two weekends. the First is the Northern Lights 300 starting from big lake, Getting on the river around the old Iditarod Trail, and heading through Yentna Station, Tal-Vista, and Finger Lake and back, that gets started on Friday and should be coming back through late Saturday and Sunday. The Second is a Modification of the Kinik 200, It starts Saturday at 1pm here at the Landing and heads to Yentna and back Twice. So be on the look out for dog teams on the river!
New wet spot just past the usual problem spot by the bluffs.. Last reports say you still need to stay to the right on the first one heading out, then pretty much the middle in the second spot.. still being reported wet at scary tree and by luces' old lodge.
Weather cam is up and running again! a new Time Laps should be up in the Morning!
Hopefully today the weather cam will be back up, but here is a current 9:45am picture as of this morning... Feels like rain out there, 27 degrees. Hopefully we will be getting some snow later on this weekend, the beginning of next week. As of right now with the River changing so much each day I do not have an up to date report but last word was it is "ok" but use caution if your coming out!
Our web Cam is down for a bit, I am working with the Techie guy to get it fixed but here is the current launch photo as of 10:00am 1/11/2015, check out the trail report from this morning that I shared, not looking pretty up the Yentna, the Overflow just down from here by the Bluffs is still there as of last report, but if you head up river from the over flow toward the Talkeetna Channel there is a way around it.
Reports of a large over flow area by the bluffs about two miles out from the landing... You can get around it but keep your eyes pealed. As more info comes in I'll let you all know
Burrrr! well its down to 5 degrees out, Feels colder after all the warm temps we have had.. More Colder temps on the way too.. Should keep improving the river.. then a bit of snow and we will be Golden!
Okay, I just made a couple of calls and the general consensus is that the River has held up pretty well to at least to Yentna Station and decent to about Skwentna. They are freighting doubles out the launch. I guess there is some water by scary tree, but not too big of a deal.. I would use extreme caution! Corral Hill, to the Su on the lower portion of the slough has some issues and if you go that way you have to come up the slough to right by the Launch.. No word how the upper Deshka is in a few days, there is some over flow on the Lower Portions but ways around it..
Trying to get some Trail Updates right now.. as soon as i know i will let you all know!
A few trail Reports came in: A lot of travel out there yesterday, most were going out and coming up through corral Hill (I have our gates open right now to allow passage that way) a few did skip the water and head out the launch. after that I am being told that the trails are actually pretty decent, the few wet spots have been routed around or are minor, and trail all the way up to Skwentna is marked. minus a few miles between Luces old lodge and Yentna station. River conditions do seem to be changing hourly though, we are still advising to stay on the most used trails, and to use extreme caution.
Good Morning, We hope that every one had a great Christmas! We got the present of snow yesterday! about 8" of fresh powder... I will get the main lot plowed out this morning and we will be good to go for the weekend and New years... Hopefully we will get a trail report later today!
The office is closed until Friday. Merry Christmas everyone. As most of you can see the area just outside the launch has opened up. It may be advisable to attempt alternate routes like corral hill. Temperatures have been slightly below freezing so be careful out there.
To provide year-round excellent access to the Lower-Susitna drainage, while offering responsible customer service, habitat/environmental protection, and financial stability for its members.
Early and Late season boat launch
Access to groomed snowmachine trail systems
- Access to Fishing, Hunting, ATVing, Camping, Bird watching, Hiking
- Ample parking for year-round outdoor activities
- Indoor heated restrooms
- Gas available on site 24/7 (Visa/MC needed outside of Office Hours)
- Electronic gate access 24/7 (Cash or Visa/MC)
The automated gate is accessible 24/7. You will pay when you exit using cash, Visa, or MasterCard.
Important! You cannot walk to the Deshka River From the Deshka landing.
Our hours may change on short notice.
Monday: 9am – 5pm
Thursday: 9am – 5pm
Friday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: 9am – 5pm
Phone: (907) 495-3374