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Camping Alaska

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.

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Into the Woods

Small campground only 9 sites, no host so pack in your wood. This poor campground needs some road work, lots of pot holes and short sites so large rigs won't fit here. You pass over three one lane bridges with a max of 10 tons allowed. Set far back tons of privacy. #4 has a creek view, #9 and #7 were both also nice sites. Large sites great for tents however with food lockers. Watch for bear activity as we saw fresh Scat. If you want to get away from people this canpground is for you.

Fishing Oh My

Along the Kenai River a great place for RVer's that are needing a fishing fix. The main lodge is just a short walk away too. Grocery store, shower, laundry ADA accessible, Ice and Propane make this a wonderful stop. All sites are a bit close together but there are trees on the outside.

Hidden Fun

Hidden Lake canpground is made up of three sections. Skyview loop the furthest from the lake is the largest with sites large enough for any rig. #6, 10 15 and 20 are handicapped only, do not park here unless you have tags or hanging proof. Ridge Loop and Lake Loop are both tighter and have signs warning of limited manuverbility. Sure #6 on lake loop is ADA and #1 on Ridge loop is ADA. There are trails down to the lake from the upper two, ridge and skyview. There is a free boat launch to access Hidden lake which has trout, dolly garden, kokanee and land locked salmon. Seven day limit at only $10 a day. There are day use covered picnic pavilions, an amphitheater, hiking trails and camp host. The walk in tent area is very private and tree covered. All sites have tables and fire rings. Love this place!

Outdoor Heaven

Fishing, hiking, boating galore. Paved pads with gorgeous sites some right on the water. Tent sites at $5 a night and Standard sites for camper and RV's run $10. This beautiful lake was hit by the Swan Lake fire this year and the campgound has been closed, however we drove through last weekend and the campground survived the fire! Still nicely surrounded with trees for privacy we were very happy to see it undamaged.

Fire Damaged

Went to check out Lower Skilak Lake Canpground and if course due to the Swan Lake fire this year it is closed. Unfortunately the fire damage looks to have maybe taken out the whole campground so please double check before you go. I hope they restore this beautiful campground for next season.

Summit Fishing

This campground located on Summit Lake may not have hookups but the views and the fishing are worth it. $18 a night, with 35 sites to choose from. Our favorites are #1, 6, 8 10-12 due to water access. #24 is a beautiful mountain view pull through. The o ly downside as that most sites have picnic table and firepit behind the site and with a ramp up to them. Vault toilets, boat ramp, and drinking water all available. Tent sites with pads are over a quaint foot bridge to allow some separation from the road.

Beautiful Mountains

Beautiful mountain views 18 sites good for RV and campers and 19 tent sites. $14 a night, only dry sites. Located along granit Creek which has Dolly Varden. Food lockers, dumpster, hand driven water pump. These are reservable online but I have never seen this campground completely full. Off season there is no trash service or water. Great place to spot mountain goats too.

The Pass

Situated nicely in the Turnagain Pass this campground boasts big sites, tons of hiking options and beauty every way you look. Site with mountain views too! No phone service so you can fully unhook and hide. No campground host so make sure to bring your own firewood. 12 campsites at $14 a night, food lockers provided but no trash service so if you pack it in you pack it out.

Beautifully tucked away

Far enough off the main highway to feel away from it all. Two lakes to fish with hiking trails to explore. Ranger talks nightly. Nice large sites with a huge group area. Some sites are FCFS but most reservable on line and booked way in advance. Firewood available for purchase and pavillion is rentable for events. All sites have electric too. Beautiful campground with clean bathrooms.

Overpriced and under developed

This campground is easy to miss as it sits below the main road. We went to stay here, even booking our site only to cancel due to medical reason and they only refunded us half. They charge $2 per dog per day on top of the $22 a night site fee, which for Alaska I have never encountered before. The top sites are up a one way road on the mountain side and luckily we did not encounter anyone when we went up. The idea of lugging our water gear down was not enticing and they over price their water gear. All in all an ok campground just not our style. Also this is an alcohol free campground.

Bicycles and Sea

Situated right along Bird Creek bike path this is a great place to stay if you love to ride your bike. Whale watching and fishing are also two things to help pass the time, if you need it. Each site is nicely level, close to bathrooms and camp host on site. 28 dry campsites and 2 cabins for rent. 7 night stay limit but a great spot for if you want to stay close to Anchorage.

Canoe Heaven

I never knew this campground existed and boy am I glad we found it. 7 miles of canoe trails, a swimming beach, and nice campsites make this a weekend getaway! Two large group sites, 24 tent sites and 8 rv sites, 1-8 and 15-21are reservable, with sites 9-14 fcfs. $25 a nigh dry campingMinimum booking 2 days in advance. Boat launch, Firewood $8 bucket or $15 for two. Camp host, 7 day limit. #5 and #6 are our RV favorites as they dont look upon anything but woods. Very clean restrooms. You can pay via card too! Huge day use area. Definately a keeper on our list.

Roughing it even with hookups

We drove through wanting to stay but were seriously grossed out. We got the impression that some sites had full time tenants. It was dirty, the bathrooms were stinky nasty outhouses with seats hanging on the wall. Trash just laying on the ground right next to the bins. Most sites were rough and wide open. A lot of did not have picnic tables or fire rings. Would not recommend unless you bring all your own amenities. Nothing but fishing so if that is what your looking for you may find it more acceptable than we did.

Open Year Round

Open year round, but closed Tuesdays in winter. RV hookups, laundry, bar and restaurant. Landing strip for small airplanes too. We just passed through here scouting it out for future trips and unfortunately they were closed that day. The RV sites seemed a little overgrown and uneven, but otherwise not bad. They offer authentic Russian and American food and a bar. Website has lovely pics of their rooms for rent.

Fishing and Berry Picking

25 sites all with trees galore, tables and firepits. $20 a night along the bank of squirrel creek. Bear proof trash cans, restrooms and potable water. This is a wonderful weekend stop to fish and berry pick.

Blueberry Heaven

Situated beautifully up in Thompson Pass is Blueberry Lake and on that lake is Blueberry Lake State Rec Site. With 14 campsites it's small but surrounded in beauty. Site 15 is reserved for the host. This is raw camping just restrooms, firepits, and picnic tables. The whole campground is paved which is wonderful and there are two pavilions along the lake for use. Blueberries abound for picking when in season and Valdez is just a pretty drive down the road. Loved everything about this campground. Wonderfully clean bathrooms and only $25 a night.

Wasilla Wonderful

Wonderful place to stop off and catch your breath. Pavillion with fire pit, two grills si you dont have to unpack yours, and hammocks to laze away the day. Laundry and showers look like an old west town, too cute! Cabins for rent, playground for the kids and propane to restock. Open year round! Pet friendly and Wifi available. Super friendly staff.

Simple family fun

All spots are close to one bathroom or another. Train does run by at 6 am so it makes a great alarm clock. Quiet time ends at 6 am. Half the camp sites are next to the bike path so watch your dogs. Dry camping and you can reserve cabins but have to do way in advance.

4/5 Stars

Well kept, lots of options for campsites. Just be aware, there are restrooms right by the front entrance, so if you camp close to the entrance you may be woken up by people passing through in the night to use the restroom.

The perfect find right by the highway

This campground is a must stop for any camper. Clean grounds, easy access, amazing views, and good privacy. Bring your kayak - an early morning paddle is what everyone needs.

Gorgeous any time of year

Trails to hike or play on the lake! This campground is situated with access to Eklunta Lake and boy is that perfect. Tons of campsites to choose from both double, single and handicapped. First come, first served. Fire rings, tables, restrooms, firewood for purchase ($15) and camp host. Two sets of walk in tent sites with food lockers also available. Well water available too. Come spend a weekend exploring Eklunta Lake!

ATV and Raceway Camping

Cheap at only $17 a night, great for the raceway just down the road or for accessing the ATV trails. Dry sites with fire pits and tables, all pull through sites for 1-18, 19-26 in main area off the parking lot side back up to the forest. First come first severed, no holding of sites and no cutting of trees. Pets allowed on leash. Surrounded by mountains on three side so beautiful views too.

Long Term Mountain Views

Good Sam member, offers full hookups with long term availability, propane, showers, recycling and awesome mountain views. Off the beaten path in between Butte and Palmer, this was a nice find. The sites are parking lot gravel style but very clean and well kept.

Very nice military camp grounds

Stayed 2 nights on labor day weekend. Very cool spot. All campsites were pull through. Facilities were nice and well maintained. Full hook ups. Only bad thing was a ton of wasps. Spotted 4 giant nests within 200 ft of my camp spot otherwise great

King Mountain Campground

Clean sites, with great views and great hosts.

Breathtaking Views

Gorgeous views of mountains and glacier abound. This campground is by far the best in Valdez if you want woods and not waterfront. Previously military only, now everyone is welcome. Pavilion and day use area, showers and restrooms of course. Also RV site with hookups and lots without. Tent sites too. Tons of sites to choose from your bound to find the perfect one for you. Lots of pull through sites for larger rigs, firewood for purchase $8 so grab it before you come. Nice deep sites with plenty of wood coverage for privacy. Only downside is that it is a bit far from downtown but close to the Valdez Glacier and Lake access. Sorry for the watery pictures I waited till we were headed out to take them and it had started raining my then.

Fishing Only

This really isn't a campsite, but more of a place to park while you fish. All the spots are directly along the road access. They do not have fire pits (although you can have a fire) or picnic tables at most spots. This is seriously just a place to be if you wish to be very close access to the amazing salmon fishing. Gorgeous views of mountains and Glaciers in almost every direction do help with the lack of amenities.

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KOA what's more to say

With cabins, tent sites, Rv sites this KOA has it all. There is a playground for the human kiddos and even another for the fur babies in your life. Store on site, firewood for purchase and dump. Sites along the paved bike trail but a bit outside downtown for riding in for us out of shapers. Sites 38-44 our favorites for privacy and trees and across from a small pond. There are sites of all variety for hookups but a nice campground all around.

Third best in Valdez

After checking out all the campgrounds for RV's in Valdez this would be ranked as #3 for us. Tight spots, awning to awning, make it lack privacy and being a large gravel area has it lacking in charm. There are full hookups and ut backs up against the gas station and grocery store so convenient in that way. All the RV campgrounds in town are within walking distance to the docks so choose wisely.

Not the best Valdez choice

If all your visit Valdez for is to be gone all day on the water ok, but this place is still a bit higher in price than it's worth. Tight and I mean tight spaces, no room for awnings if your neighbor has parked wrong. No fire pits so no fires. Just a large gravel lot, I was surprised they have full hookups but all 4 of the RV parks here do so choose another if you want privacy and no to be sardines in a gravel can.