About Eagle River Alaska
Nestled between two major river valleys in South-central Alaska, the Chugiak-Eagle River area is surrounded by beautiful Alaskan wilderness. The community is known as the gateway to Chugach State Park, 495,000 acres of rugged untouched terrain, and home to brown and black bear, moose, wolves, wolverine, lynx, fox, porcupine, beaver, spawning salmon, and a wide variety of birds, including the grand bald eagle.
Eagle River Alaska real estate blends a community lifestyle with urban proximity; only 20 minutes from Anchorage, its residents enjoy the pristine wilderness that starts right at the edge of town!
The population of Eagle River is approximately 23,500, with an additional 8,300 in the settlements northeast of Eagle River: Chugiak, Birchwood, Peters Creek, Thunderbird Falls and Eklutna. Many personnel from Fort Richardson and Elmendorf Air Force Base live in Eagle River, and many of the area's civilian residents work in Anchorage. Eagle River is the shopping hub between Anchorage, Palmer, and Wasilla.
Annual community events include the Alaska Scottish Highland Games at the end of June, which draws record crowds every year, and a Fourth of July celebration, both held at Lion's Park. The family friendly, free admission Bear Paw Festival celebrated throughout Eagle River in July (through July 14) is another annual favorite.
A number of public, parochial and charter school programs are available for K-12 grades. The public schools serving Eagle River homes are part of the Anchorage School District with numerous, like Homestead Elementary, getting high community ratings by GreatSchools.org. Homeschooling is also a popular and well-supported form of education in the area.
Local sports activity is a vital part of Eagle River culture, and there is a great deal available to residents: indoor and outdoor soccer, baseball, softball, basketball, football, swimming/diving, hiking, rafting, and cross-country running, cross-country skiing. Hockey, figure skating, and leisure skating are offered at the local ice rink. One of the more popular local hikes is up Mount Baldy, overlooking the town.