South Knik River
in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough
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- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (kuh nick'); Also known as Knik CDP.
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Geography and Climate
- The community has developed along the south side of Knik River, which flows into the Knik Arm of Cook Inlet. It is at the southern border of the Mat-Su Borough, just north of Anchorage. It lies along Old Glenn Highway and Knik River Road.
- The temperatures in January range from -35 to 33 °F and in July from 42 to 85 °F. Annual precipitation averages 16.5 inches, with 43 inches of snowfall.
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- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
History and Culture
- The Dena'ina Athabascans were the earliest inhabitants of the region. They traveled through the area on a winter trail from Eklutna up the Knik River to the Copper River. The Old Glenn Highway was built from Palmer to the junction of the New Glenn Highway on the Eklutna Flats in 1942. Travelers used to enjoy stopping at a lodge on Goat Creek. The house specialty was drinks with chunks of ice that floated down the river from Lake George during breakup. The Eklutna Power Project was also built in the 1940s, including tract housing for employees. Knik River Road started as a logging road in the early 1950s. The existing gravel road was built in the late 1960s.
- Residents enjoy a semi-rural lifestyle, with ready access to the amenities of Anchorage. Students are bused to schools in Butte and Palmer.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Knik River lies off the Glenn Highway. Many forms of transportation are available in nearby Palmer and Anchorage.
- State Ferry
- Cargo Barge
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