in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough
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- Fishhook is northwest of Palmer and north of Lakes and Farm Loop. The area developed off of the Wasilla-Fishhook Road and Fishhook-Willow Road, the latter of which becomes Hatcher Pass Road north of the Little Susitna River. It is approximately a 40- to 60-minute drive to Anchorage.
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- January temperatures range from -33 to 33 °F; July temperatures range from 42 to 83 °F. The average annual precipitation is 17 inches, with 50 inches of snowfall.
History and Culture
- Fishhook is a local name, first recorded in 1910. Fishhook Creek flows into the Little Susitna River, 11 miles northwest of Palmer. Gold quartz claims were first located in the basin of Fishhook Creek in 1906 by Robert Hatcher. A year later, Gold Bullion Mine was staked on Craigie Creek by the Bartholf brothers. This touched off a stampede that created the Willow Creek Mining District. The Carle Wagon Road (now Wasilla-Fishhook Road) was built to carry freight to the mines from Knik. The Fishhook Roadhouse was built in 1916. The Little Susitna Roadhouse (now the Motherlode Lodge) was built in the 1940s. Hatcher Pass became a favorite ski area for miners and other locals; the first tow rope went up from the Little Su Roadhouse. A rope tow and T-bar were used at Hatcher Pass until 1972 when new safety regulations made the operation unfeasible.
- Fishhook is a relatively large settlement. Residents are primarily non-Native. Students are bused to Palmer and Wasilla schools.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
- The George Parks Highway, Glenn Highway, and other local roads connect the area to Anchorage, the remainder of the state, and Canada. The Alaska Railroad serves the Fairbanks to Seward route. The Wasilla and Palmer airports provide scheduled commuter and air taxi services. Float planes land at Wasilla Lake, Jacobsen Lake, and Lake Lucille. There are ten additional private airstrips in the vicinity. Commercial jet flights are operated out of Anchorage International Airport.
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