Today Eklutna has only about 35-70 full-time residents left of the original hundreds living there less than 100 years ago, but tourists visiting the St. Nicholas Cemetery are in the 10-20 thousand range per year.
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|St. Nicholas Church - Eklutna, Alaska|
The Dena'ina People believe that the spirit lingers for 40 days & nights, hovering above the grave.
Therefore a house is built to accommodate the deceased person & their possessions.
A favorite knife, gun, books or other items are placed inside with the spirit.
|Sign in front of St. Nicholas Church - Eklutna, Alaska|
|Spirit Houses in St. Nicholas Cemetery - Eklutna, Alaska|
You can see the Spirit Houses in the St Nicholas Cemetery on a guided tour for a small fee.
The Eklutna Lake area also houses a power plant and is the source of Anchorage's water supply.
The area is a scenic getaway - only about a 45 minute drive from Anchorage.
You'll also find Eklutna Campground here, with over 50 camping sites, water, picnic tables, latrines and fire pits. There is a 15 site overflow also. For more information:
You can rent kayaks and paddle along the lake to view Mt. Bold or, further down, the magnificence of a glacier. Lifetime Adventures Alaska offers kayaks, bikes and camping equipment.
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So, next time you're looking for something to do in Alaska, check out Eklutna!
Thanks for stopping by --- see you next time!