A popular fishing spot near Palmer has been named the nation's top mom-approved fishing location.

The Eklutna Tailrace fishing spot is off of the Old Glenn Highway, not too far from the exit off of the Glenn Highway. The area is an Alaska Department of Fish and Game facility.

The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation had "a six-week nationwide contest asking for people to rank the top Mom-Approved fishing location in each state," a release said.

More than 5,000 people voted for Eklutna Tailrace. A lake in Kentucky came in second.

"This place is nice because you can drive right to it," Samantha Oslund with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said.

There a big parking lot and bathrooms, as well as "garbage cans, really good trails through the trees, a nice pedestrian footbridge. You can fish both sides of this location," Oslund said. "It is extremely user-friendly."

All of the nominated fishing spots have things like "play areas, easy parking and picnic facilities, with safe water and boat access readily available at each location," according to the article. They also have multiple types of fish.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game stocks the area with King and Coho salmon annually.

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