Eagle Valley Center
The Eagle Valley Center (EVC) is a lodge managed by Parks & Recreation located within the beautiful Amalga Meadows Park. It is available year round for day or overnight rentals, perfect for family reunions, wedding ceremonies, celebrations and retreats of all varieties. The lodge can accommodate 50 guests during day rentals and 14 guests for overnight rentals.
The Eagle Valley Center Lodge
The lodge can accommodate 50 day-use guests or 14 overnight guests. Whether you are here for just a short day-long event or for a few days, it has everything you need to ensure an enjoyable and memorable stay for any type of event. For your convenience, Wi-Fi is available in the lodge, as the cell service is not great in the area.
Entrance to the lodge is at ground level; the rental space is the entire second floor.
This spacious area can be used for many uses and easily accommodates a large group. The couches and chairs provide informal and comfortable seating around the stone fireplace. The area at the far end of the room can be used in a variety of ways with conference tables and chairs for 16. A flat screen TV and DVD player are also available.
The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need: an electric range, refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot and dishwasher. Miscellaneous dishes, cutlery, glassware, and cookware are all provided. All necessary cleaning supplies are available.
The dining area comfortably seats 10 people.
Bedrooms #1 and #2 can each sleep 4-5 people. Both rooms have one twin/twin bunk bed and one twin/full bunk bed. Bedroom #3 can sleep up to 4 with one full bed and a twin/twin bunk bed. All three bedrooms have an en-suite bathroom.
Each bedroom has a full en-suite bathroom.
The covered porch includes outdoor seating, a *propane grill, and a beautiful view!
*Propane is not included. Please familiarize yourself with the cleaning responsibilities before using the grill.
The inside stairs are equipped with a lift and an accessible bathroom is located downstairs.
The Surrounding Area
Amalga Meadows Park is a beautiful 639-acre reserve in Juneau’s park system. Recreational enthusiast hike, ski, kayak, bird watch throughout the Developed Natural Park. The area is open year round and enjoyed in so many different ways.
Please observe these guiding principles when exploring the park and trails:
- Leave No Trace: Tread lightly and pack out what you pack in, including toilet paper.
- Pets are Welcome: Please keep pets on a leash or under expert voice command. Clean up after your pet by hauling out solid waste.
- Respect the Vegetation: Harvest resources sustainably and respect animal habitats.
- Respect the Wildlife: Observe wild animals only at a distance and without crowding other observers. Do not feed the wildlife!
- Fires: Fires are allowed within designated fire rings only. Do not cut live trees for firewood.
- No firearms or fireworks on park land.
- No motorized vehicles on trails.
- No glass containers.
Upon arrival at the Eagle Valley Center you will find a large lawn or snow covered field depending on the season. Yard games or just sitting and enjoying the view of the scenic meadow are welcome. Picnic tables and a fire pit are available for use. A bridge over the slough will lead you to the Amalga Meadow Trail with activities such as; hiking, berry picking, wildflower and wildlife viewing. This short trail can take you to Kayak Beach (.27 miles) in one direction or Eagle River Landing (.5 miles) in the other. The trail also connects to the Horse Tram Trail and the Boy Scout Beach Trail. Access to these beaches are a great way to get outside and enjoy the majestic view of Southern Lynn Canal.
The valley was the first staging area for mining operations in Eagle River. Mining for gold brought trams and a smelting operation through the valley. The horse tramway was used to transport ore from the mining town of Amalga, located near Eagle Glacier, to Eagle Harbor Landing.
In the early 1900’s the Ackerman family homesteaded the valley, they moved away at the onset of World War II due to the possibility of Alaska’s involvement in the war. Remains of the farm can still be seen in the valley.
Joe Smith purchased the property and built a large house for his family in the mid 1950’s. His family ran a dairy farm.
CBJ acquired Mr. Smith’s property in 1997.
Southeast Alaska Guidance Association (SAGA), leased the land from the city for over two decades and offered the community youth advocacy, development and education programs. During this lease, SAGA built a low and high ropes challenge course that is still located at the Eagle Valley Center. SAGA’s lease ended in 2015. In 2016, CBJ Parks & Recreation ventured into the management of the Eagle Valley Center to offer local residents, non-profits, businesses, and visitors the use of this facility and Natural Park area for outdoor education and enjoyment.
The Eagle Valley Center is accepting reservations with indoor and outdoor numbers limited to allow for adequate social distancing. Guests are expected to follow current state and local health mandates and guidelines at the facility. For more details and requirements, please read the EVC Mitigation Plan.
Reserve the EVC
Reservations for the EVC are not available online. Please call the Parks & Recreation office to check availability and then discuss your reservation plans with the EVC Coordinator. A completed form can be submitted via one of the methods below:
- Email: Parks.Rec@juneau.org
- In-Person or mail: 155 S. Seward Street
Juneau, AK 99801
A completed form and payment are required at the time of reservation. All reservations are first come, first served.