Camping in Alaska

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Alaska

About Alaska Camping

Alaska is the biggest state in the U.S., more than twice the size of Texas. Yet it’s the least densely populated state in America, and one of the most sparsely populated areas in the world. There’s a lot of land waiting to be explored. It can be overwhelming trying to figure out the best place to go if you’re thinking about camping in Alaska. Fortunately, we’re here to help.

Located within a short day’s drive from Anchorage, Denali National Park covers six million acres of wild, untamed land. A destination for mountaineers, explorers, photographers, and nature enthusiasts, the park is home to North America’s tallest peak, Denali—formerly Mount McKinley. The mountain alone attracts visitors from all over the world to climb its rugged peaks, ski its snowy slopes, and take in all the natural wonder camping in Alaska has to offer.

Established by Congress in 1917 as a park to conserve Dall sheep from hunting, Denali is home to all sorts of wild animals, such as wolves, bears, moose and reindeer. The park has six campgrounds but keep in mind there is no National Park Service-run lodging. But tent and RV camping are welcome.

If fishing is part of your camping experience, then the Russian River is the perfect place for you. Rated the most popular sockeye salmon stream in Alaska and one of the top-rated spots for rainbow trout, the Russian River is located on the Eastern Kenai Peninsula in the Chugach National Forest, which spans more than five million acres of raging rivers, mountains and beautiful terrain.

More than 100,000 people visit the Russian River area annually and enjoy activities such as hiking the Russian Lakes Trail, visiting the K’beq Interpretive Site—where tribe members guide visitors through interpretive walks showcasing archaeological sites, stories and culture—along with biking and boating. The campground has 83 campsites and is open from May through September.

As one of the ultimate bucket list camping destinations for campers like you, finding camping in Alaska can be overwhelming and, at times, competitive. Trust authentic campground reviews on The Dyrt to guide you through the wilderness in the 49th state.

Recent Reviews In Alaska

1103 Reviews of 703 Alaska Campgrounds

Reba C.
Reviewed May. 15, 2021

Peace and serenity

The location that we were at was so peaceful and serene. We enjoyed cooking out. The location is very convenient. We simply enjoyed the seclusion.

Month of VisitSeptember
jThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 10, 2021

Nice campground at the end of the Spit

Nice campground with amenities. Wifi is good except when the campground gets more campers like on weekends. Mostly back-in RV sites though there are a few pull through sites.

Sites are very close to each other but location and views are excellent.

Site18
Month of VisitJune
THE A.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 1, 2021

Had the most magical experience

When I was in Alaska I loved it so much and the cold goes away once u see the beauty

Site222
Month of VisitOctober
Kela W.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2021

Great for hiking

Nice grassy area for tent, pond for watersports, pavilion for picnics, hiking nearby, shooting range and Chena Hot Springs nearby.

Kela W.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2021

On the River

This is a tight campground, but it does have the river, cabins and a restaurant close by.  The campground offers wifi.

Kela W.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2021

Great open beach areas

This has been an awesome place to dip in the river. We have seen wolves in this river spot which was quite scary but an experience all the same.

Kela W.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2021

Magical Experience

Our family fell in love with Homer thanks to the beauty of this wonderful area. It certainly does help to have a playground nearby for the kiddos, and wildlife galore (there were moose near our campsite). It does get quite busy here and I believe that it is because of its location on the hill,…

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Site22
Kela W.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2021

Beautiful campground

This is the 1st campground my family and I stayed at Alaska. The Chena Lake is great! The beach area is great fun for all with grassy and sandy areas. There is a bunch of trails to hike around, paved biking trails, a basketball court, volleyball courts and of course a playground. There are some…

Month of VisitSeptember
Kela W.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2021

Perfect riverside near town

Love, love this campground! My family and I camp here every year and its always so much fun. Between the river, grassy areas, playground, day use pavilions, little walking trails (sometimes with raspberries depending on the season) and stores nearby, this campground is convenient for families. You…

Month of VisitAugust
M
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2021

Beautiful area

Kept up nice. Lake and hiking available.

Month of VisitAugust
TThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2021

Walk-in camping worth it!

Such an awesome lake. We pretty much had the area to ourselves. The walk-in campsites are spacious. We had easy access to the lake. Trout were abundant.

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Month of VisitJuly
Chris O.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2021

Not Sure If They Are Open, (Call First)

Quaint little camp. Has 5-7 lots and the ground in a hard packed gravel or shale. It has been several years since my dad and I were there. It was close to town and it was pretty clean. There’s electric and sewer but I remember my dad complaining that there wasn’t a h2o hook ups. There were public…

Month of VisitOctober
Holly P.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2021

Wonder Lake

Wonder Lake far the most amazing campground I have ever been to. We visited at the end of August and lucked out with beautiful weather. Denali was out with barely any clouds. It was a great start to our trip in Denali. It did rain one evening but very lightly and there was a beautiful rainbow. By…

Chris O.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2021

SKeet and indoor range are awesome

There’s a limited amount of spaces for your rv but they have tent sights too. Bring your favorite over under and plenty of clay pigeons. Or you can use the indoor range of weather isn’t permitting. It’s right on the water and beautiful. The people are always very nice. Open all year.

Month of VisitJune
CThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2021

Spacious Beauty

We stayed here twice in 2020. In August we parked in space 22 with our rented pickup camper, and in October we rented one of the cabins for a short "get out of town" break (we live in Anchorage).  The weather was in our favor in August and we had an awesome view of Denali right from our campsite. …

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