Turnoff to south for popular Dayville Road, an excellent option for RVers and fishermen. This is a wide, paved, improved side road (with bike trail) that leads to shoreside camping, picnicking, fishing and scenic views along Port Valdez, the 13-mile-long estuary at the head of Valdez Arm. Look for seals, sea lions, birds and bears (especially when salmon are spawning). Berry picking in season; watch for bears.
Dayville Road is open to the public to Mile 5.4, where a guardhouse restricts public access to the Alyeska Pipeline Terminal complex. NOTE: There is NO public access to the marine terminal and there are NO public tours of the terminal. The Solomon Gulch Fish Hatchery and large parking area are located at Mile 3.8. There are some dramatic views and photo opportunities from the bridge here of the Solomon Gulch Falls and dam site (Copper Valley Electric co-generation project). Walkways at the Solomon Gulch fish hatchery go to a viewing platform and along the ponds and hatchery building. Look for informational signs that take visitors on self-guided outside tours of the Fish Hatchery. Mile 4.5 marks the beginning of camping areas (with water, dumpsters, outhouses, pay phone). There is a wonderful array of wildlife viewing opportunities, steps away from your campsite. Camping $15 and day-use fees charged. (Main campground registration area is at Mile 5.)
At Mile 4.7 is the head of the Solomon Gulch hiking trail. Trail begins with steep hill to the east of the road. Pink and silver salmon fishing from shore in season at Allison Point. Handicapped fishing platform is located at Mile 4.8.
Fishing at Allison Point in Dayville Road. Photo by Jeremy Talbott
How To Get There
Take the Richardson Highway out to the intersection of Dayville Road, about 8 miles out of town.