Deshka Landing Outdoor Association LLC

Susitna And Deshka River Boat Launch Willow, Alaska

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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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7 days ago
Deshka Landing

It’s going to be a busy weekend on the river. The Jr. Iditarod starts tomorrow at 10 am from Knik Lake and heads to Yentna Station for a 10 hour layover before heading back on Sunday. The Iron Dog will be making their way back to Big Lake on Sunday for the finish and the Iditarod Trail invitational starts Sunday at 2 pm from Knik Lake following the Iditarod Trail to McGrath.

The weather this week has made the trail less than ideal. Between the rain that came Monday night into Tuesday and the heavy wet snow that fell Wednesday night into Thursday, there is a lot of overflow. You will have to go through overflow in most areas. Only a half inch of snow fell from Deshka Landing to Yentna Station, but from 20 mile slough to Imm’s Inn there is about 10 inches of snow, Lake Creek to Skwentna received anywhere from 2 to 3 feet of snow, and Skwentna to Finger Lake received anywhere from 2 to 4 feet of snow.

The trail has been broke from Deshka Landing to Skwentna, but no grooming has taken place. The worst sections of overflow are above Yentna Station.
There is about 2 to 3 feet deep overflow at the end of the spit, but no flowing water. We had 5 degrees here this morning so the overflow froze overnight but not thick enough that it won’t break today. The weather is expected to stay below freezing and down to single digits over the next week so the river should be in better shape by Monday to start hauling trailers again.

It is not advised to pull trailers on the river this weekend. For safety reasons, we have opened the back gate to the swamp for this weekend only, so that you can access Corral Hill or Rolly Creek, if needed.
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It’s going to be a busy weekend on the river.  The Jr. Iditarod starts tomorrow at 10 am from Knik Lake and heads to Yentna Station for a 10 hour layover before heading back on Sunday.  The Iron Dog will be making their way back to Big Lake on Sunday for the finish and the Iditarod Trail invitational starts Sunday at 2 pm from Knik Lake following the Iditarod Trail to McGrath.  

The weather this week has made the trail less than ideal.  Between the rain that came Monday night into Tuesday and the heavy wet snow that fell Wednesday night into Thursday, there is a lot of overflow.  You will have to go through overflow in most areas.  Only a half inch of snow fell from Deshka Landing to Yentna Station, but from 20 mile slough to Imm’s Inn there is about 10 inches of snow, Lake Creek to Skwentna received anywhere from 2 to 3 feet of snow, and Skwentna to Finger Lake received anywhere from 2 to 4 feet of snow.

The trail has been broke from Deshka Landing to Skwentna, but no grooming has taken place.  The worst sections of overflow are above Yentna Station.  
There is about 2 to 3 feet deep overflow at the end of the spit, but no flowing water.  We had 5 degrees here this morning so the overflow froze overnight but not thick enough that it won’t break today.  The weather is expected to stay below freezing and down to single digits over the next week so the river should be in better shape by Monday to start hauling trailers again.

It is not advised to pull trailers on the river this weekend.  For safety reasons, we have opened the back gate to the swamp for this weekend only, so that you can access Corral Hill or Rolly Creek, if needed.

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It's a freeway out there with all the events happening!!!! Stay safe everyone

Erin Altemus…

Thanks for the info. Very helpful

Karla Barkman

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2 weeks ago
Deshka Landing

The Iron Dog starts tomorrow. Racers will begin leaving Big Lake at 10am and will be coming up the Yentna into Skwentna.

There’s a reported hazard opening up on both sides of an ice bridge just outside of Indian Creek. It has been marked with 4 X’s and also has a tree branch with pink ribbon on it.

Stay safe and have a great weekend!
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The Iron Dog starts tomorrow.  Racers will begin leaving Big Lake at 10am and will be coming up the Yentna into Skwentna.

There’s a reported hazard opening up on both sides of an ice bridge just outside of Indian Creek.  It has been marked with 4 X’s and also has a tree branch with pink ribbon on it. 

Stay safe and have a great weekend!

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Safe travels to all!

Good luck to all and may god bless each one of you

Roy Komonaseak

Couple years ago you can see a guy flying around this corner and he rolled it

Please… let’s not kill any more sled dogs that happen to be on the trail system.

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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.

Our Services

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)

907.495.3374

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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.

Office Hours

Effective 10/16/2023:

The Deshka Landing office will be closed Christmas Day, December 25th and New Years Day, January 1st!

Monday: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday: 9am - 5pm
Thursday: 9am - 5pm
Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday:9am -5pm
Sunday: 9am -5pm

Phone: 907.495.3374