Mat-Su Borough

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough is named after 2 of the 3 great rivers in the area, the Matanuska and the Susitna Rivers. It is known by Alaskans as the Mat-Su Borough and comprises 25,000 square miles in Southcentral Alaska beginning about 45 miles from the city of Anchorage. It runs north up the Parks Highway through the towns of Wasilla, Big Lake, Houston Willow and Talkeetna and ends below the Alaska Range just before Cantwell and the town of Denali It is bordered to the south by the Chugach Mountains and the Cook Inlet. 3 of the great rivers flowing out of the Mat-Su Borough, the Matanuska, the Knik and the Susitna, run into the Cook Inlet. To the west the Borough ends in the wilderness beyond Skwentna and the Yentna River Basin and Petersville ending before the town of Tyonek on the Inlet. To the east it goes down the Glenn Hwy through Palmer and Sutton following the great Matanuska River past the Matanuska Glacier and continuing on to just past Eureka. The valleys in the Borough, the Matanuska, the Knik and the Susitna, were shaped by the mountains of the Alaska Range, the Talkeetna Mountains and the Chugach Mountains and the rivers of the same names. The Borough’s mountains and valleys, rivers and lakes have created a lush landscape full of fish and wildlife where people can go for adventure, sustenance and recreation. This website is dedicated to the lives of it’s inhabitants, both past and present, the lifestyles they have led and still lead today, and the unsurpassed beauty of the region. Please enjoy the stories and photos and other interesting tidbits you find here.