Willow is located in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough on the Parks Hwy coming out of Anchorage, and extends about 2.5 miles along the main road. Willow began about 1897 when gold was discovered in the area. By 1954, Willow Creek was Alaska's largest gold minind district, with a total production approaching 18 million dollars.
After the completion of the Parks Hwy in 1972, Willow was proposed to be the new state capital. But the plan was never implemented.
There is a 4,200 foot gravel runway and the Susitna River is a major recreation area.
The Hatcher Pass Rd joins the Parks Hwy at Mile 71.2 and travels 49 miles east and south to Glenn Hwy/Tok Cutoff. It also provides access to Willow Creek state recreation area. The Willow Community Center at Mile 69.7 Parks Hwy is open daily for info.
Art Willow Wildlife Art Gallery |
Bed and Breakfasts and Country Inns Nancy Lake Bed & Breakfast |
Lodges Willow Trading Post Lodge |
Willow Alaska 99688
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Great Alaska Sportsman Show Anchorage AK March28 The Great Alaska Sportsman Show is one of America's most unusual gatherings of men and women who love the great outdoors and the Alaska vendors, exhibitors and experts who seek to equip and prepare them for a season afield.
The four-day show draws sell-out crowds of people who care passionately about fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, climbing and virtually all other outdoor activities.
Anchorage Festival of Music Anchorage AK April14 The Anchorage Festival of Music is a non-profit community organization dedicated to presenting classical music and educational opportunities in music for the people of Alaska. It is supported in part by grants from the Atwood Foundation, Getty Foundation, Carr Foundations and by major contributions from corporations, as well as generous contributions of time and financial support from many individuals and businesses.
Slam'n Salm'n Derby Anchorage AK June7-16 Win a boat, motor, and trailer.
Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon Anchorage AK June22 The Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon includes, a marathon (26.2 miles),
marathon relay (4 X 6.5 miles),
half marathon (13.1 miles).
five miler (5.6 miles), and a
youth cup (1.6 miles).
Bear Paw Festival Eagle River AK July10-14 Located in Eagle River, in the parking lot south of the Garcia's Restaurant, the Bear Paw Festival Vendor Court is a great place to find live entertainment, a variety of great food, and shopping for everyone. Definitely the perfect place to take your family!
Bear Paw Festival Eagle River AK July10-14 This event includes, US Army & AK National Guard Games & Exhibit,
3 on 3 BB Tourney,
Community Service Awards,
Classic 5K Race,
Bear Paw's Got Talent,
Bear Paw Photo Contest,
Bear Paw Quilt Exhibit & Events,
Bear Paw Royalty Pageant,
Chepo's Classic Car Show,
Community Entertainment on Stage,
Dog & Owner Look A Like with VCA, and much more.