Willow, Alaska City Profile

One of the many communities in the area, Willow got its start in the late 1800′s as a gold rush town when gold was found on Willow Creek.  Because of its low elevation and the fact that its pretty far inland, you can imagine how level the area is.  While there is a slight northward slope, the area is surrounded by mountains on three sides which makes taking pictures a must. If you look to the East its pretty much all mountains.  An interesting tidbit that a lot of people might not know about is that in 1976 the people of the State of Alaska voted to move the capital from Juneau to Willow (purportedly because they did not want the capital to be Anchorage.  Willow is also currently the host of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race restart point.

Population: 1,658
Elevation: 213ft (65m)
Website: Link

Things to Do

  • WildRide Sled Dog Race
  • Spruce Lane Farms Museum
  • Milo Lakes
  • Buckley Lake Number One
  • Chicken Lake
  • Tanaina Lake
  • Big Noluck Lake
  • North Rolly Lake
  • Buckley Lake Number Two
  • Dream a Dream Dog Farm
  • Deshka River
  • Big Lake Lions Club
  • Trapper Lake
  • AK Village
  • Set The Hook Charters

Places to Stay

  • Alaskan Host Bed & Breakfast
  • Big Susitna Bed & Breakfast
  • Schwager Haus
  • Dream Inn Bed & Breakfast
  • Deshka Landing Charters and Lodge
  • Gigglewood Lakeside Inn

Food to Eat

  • Willow Trading Post Lodge
  • H & H Lakeview Restaurant
  • Roni’s Chinook Deli & Pizza
  • Pioneer Lodge
  • Sheep Creek Lodge
  • Speedway Inn Restaurant – Liquor