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Old 09-07-2018, 02:27 PM
 
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Some questions for Mat-Su people (and John, Iím sure youíll chime in)

Does Palmer have a small town neighbors-helping-neighbors feel to it? I assume Wasilla does not.

Are there places you can live where you can snowmachine from your back door? Or at least not trailer too far? Are there many kid-safe groomed trails (ie no risk of avalanche or getting into open water)?

Are there many kid-friendly fishing spots nearby (from shore or boat? Kid friendly meaning you will actually catch a fair amount of fish so kids wonít get bored, and itís not a dangerous fast moving river.

Where do most people go to hunt moose or caribou? Or sheep?
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Old 09-07-2018, 06:18 PM
 
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Probably won't be able to snowmachine out the back door in Palmer city limits but outside of that most of the valley is close to trails. I used to live by Sears and could get out to the Iditarod trail and the other systems from there as long as there was snow.

Keplar-Bradley lakes areva good spot for kid fishing, the lakes are stocked, access is easy, if you have a canoe Canoe lake is really good.

Sheep are a tough hunt, some are there in the mountains behind Palmer, access is difficult, moose can be found up behind Wasilla at the end of Shrock road and up the trails, Pt Mackenzie, almost anywhere really but take your lawyer with you to stay legal. If you can get a permit Lake Louise for caribou and Gunsight for ptarmigan (ptasty little birds).
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Old 09-07-2018, 07:39 PM
 
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I’m told in the fishhook area many people can snowgo from their house? Does that sound right? Thanks for the info and suggestion!
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Old 09-07-2018, 11:57 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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People in my neighborhood snow machine directly from their house... I live off of KGB just inside Wasilla city limits. There snowmachines that run up and down KGB all the time.
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Old 09-08-2018, 07:20 AM
 
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The trail along KGB is the snowmachine autobahn! Seriously, anywhere but Palmer as they banned sleds inside city limits. Palmer is full of rules. Fortunately it's only a few minutes from the mat su valley.
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Old 09-08-2018, 01:52 PM
 
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Great, thanks!
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Old 09-09-2018, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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I assume Wasilla does not.
Curious... Why would you assume that?
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Old 09-09-2018, 05:50 PM
 
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Curious... Why would you assume that?
Just based on the time I've spent in both places. Palmer has the farms, the local businesses, the town center/downtown area, and just seems more laid-back. Wasilla is more sprawling with lots of box stores and strip malls. But pardon my ignorance if I'm missing something. I haven't spent a ton of time in the area, so that's why I'm asking.
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Old 09-09-2018, 08:15 PM
 
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Just based on the time I've spent in both places. Palmer has the farms, the local businesses, the town center/downtown area, and just seems more laid-back. Wasilla is more sprawling with lots of box stores and strip malls. But pardon my ignorance if I'm missing something. I haven't spent a ton of time in the area, so that's why I'm asking.
We live kind of in the middle and I like to think that the area we settled does have that small town vibe. Palmer seems more like the bush to me, but wasilla isnít bad.

We opted for that central location too, so we wouldnít have a long commute to work. After spending 6 years in the bush, I didnít want a 15 minute commute to work.

This summer was consumed with the move then our vacation. Iím excited about exploring all the valley has to offer next summer. Hopefully I can give you guys the best fishing spots. The fishing wonít compare to your current spot, but I bet itíll be easier to access hiking and camping spots.

Another factor for us, was the year round opportunities for our kids.
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Old 09-09-2018, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Wasilla is more sprawling with lots of box stores and strip malls.
That's all you might see if you just see Wasilla if you just stay on the Parks Highway... But get out into the neighborhoods and you'll get a whole different feel.
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