Marjory and Edgar Huizer Fishing Access Site
View from the Marjory and Edgar Huizer Fishing Access Site – July 30, 2019
DOUGLAS ISLAND | 0.194 ACRES | CONSERVED IN 2015
The Marjory and Edgar Huizer Fishing Access Site is strategically located next to Gastineau Channel and the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge, and is also located directly across the Channel from the Douglas Island Pink and Chum (DIPAC) Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, on Douglas Island. It provides public, year-round access to the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge.
To get there, start at the bridge on Douglas Island and drive north for 2.7 miles. The parking area will be just a few houses past the well-known and highly visible “ski fence” on your right. Look for a gravel parking area, a kiosk, and the stair access to the beach.
On March 30, 2015, the Southeast Alaska Land Trust, with support from a major donor, Edgar J. Huizer, and in partnership with the Department of Alaska Fish and Game, Division of Sport Fish, purchased a quarter-acre parcel on North Douglas Highway, in Juneau. We purchased this property to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors to Juneau by providing a new public access point to Gastineau Channel and the Refuge for recreation, scenic views, and to provide an ecological buffer for the protected 3,800-acre Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge.
What’s in a name?
The Southeast Alaska Land Trust named this property after the major donors, Marjory and Edgar Huizer. The Huizer’s were two well-known Juneau locals who were passionate about conservation and recreation. They had a reputation for actively working to give back to their community, and were both known to lead and support efforts to protect local sites for area residents to enjoy. We are humbled by the extraordinary acts of generosity from Marjory and Edgar Huizer in support of land protection for future generations, and we are honored to carry out the Huizers’ conservation vision.
Marge and Ed Huizer, 1998
It has been an exceptional year with lots of fat, feisty fish.
What is really cool is that roadside anglers (without boats) can access this quality fishery from one end of [Gastineau] Channel to the other.
The challenge in the future will be to increase the number of public access spots, (using conservation easements), along the North Douglas Highway, where fishing the Channel on incoming tides has been exceptional.
THANK YOU to the individuals, businesses, foundations, and agencies who helped the Southeast Alaska Land Trust enhance the Marjory & Edgar Huizer Fishing Access Site.
Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Sport Fish
Douglas Island Pink and Chum, Inc.
Territorial Sportsmen, Inc.
Greg & Tamara Cook
Joe Newman and Nancy Davis
Valley Lumber Company, LLC
Len and Patricia Ceder
Elgee Rehfeld, LLC
Valley Lumber and Building Supply
Alaska Electric Light and Power
Steve and Melissa Brockmann
Annie and Bud Carpeneti
Susan Cox and Tom Nave
Katharine and Jim Heumann
Sarah Isto and Gordon Harrison
Mike McKrill and Lisa Rollin
Mark and Esther Millea
Jay Nelson and Rachel Stewart
Frank and Janet Thrower
Tongass Chapter of Trout Unlimited
Nancy Waterman and Bill Leighty
Alex and Peggy Wertheimer