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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Grew up coming to this campground for the last 20 years. Many upgrades and nice trail system around the campground. Great place to camp with your dogs.
When we first got here we were the only ones parked on a Thursday morning. We didn’t have another occupant until the evening then by Friday late morning the place was booked.
We chose spot number 4 which has a private river access for fishing/viewing. We found a path through the woods that lead to a clean rocky water area the kids spent hours in. The spot next to ours had a fire ring with benches all around and a wonderful grassy area to play in. These two spots together would be the perfect group camping spot.
There was water here but a broken off handle so no access to the water was available.
There were multiple bathrooms (3 I believe) throughout the campground.
My 7 year old daughter wanted to take videos of the campsites and boat launch so I’ve attached those.
The boat launch was a popular drop off spot for fishing boats. We didn’t catch anything but my son had fun trying. We would like to come back this fall when it’s spear flashlight fishing time.
The birch trees had a lot of these green beetles on them that seemed to enjoy landing on you. There were plenty of mosquitoes and our hand held bug zapper came in handy but not enough to ruin your trip.
The kids were able to happily bike through the campground while I followed pushing a stroller.
There were ATV trails but nothing that bothered us in the evening.
Falling asleep and waking up to the sound of the river and birds was peaceful.
My first thought when we drove into the campground was wow, this is nicely maintained. We had just stayed at Whitefish Campground about 2 miles away and driving into Olnes Pond Campground was beautiful. The electronic option to pay here is the first time I’ve seen that in Alaska. The pond is stocked with rainbow trout but we were a little too early in the season on this visit May 29, 2020. There a nicely sized pond in the middle of the campground and the camping sites are situated around the entire pond. There were day visitors who brought paddle boards and kayaks to enjoy the weather on the pond. People say you can swim in this pond put be weary of duck/swimmers itch. There are picnic tables, bathrooms, trash cans, and lots of grassy area to just enjoy a day visit. This seemed more as a party spot sort of camping oppose to enjoy the view and relax so be ready to hear ATVs and friendly conversations late at night. I would definitely come back with a kayak and fishing pole once the pond is stocked for the children to enjoy a relaxing day on the pond.
Campground had nice amenities and was clean. It’s tight between spots and depending on your camper door location you may be walking out staring at your neighbors septic drain. The eagle feeding was awesome but heard they are no longer doing that. Easy to walk downtown and to the park by the historical museum. We stayed there 2019 Memorial weekend.
Really nice little campground. There were a number of other pay places that were full. We were luck to find a pull out. There is not charge for these spots and most have picnic tables and are right on the shore of the lake. Pit toilets are well maintained but is always suggest bring your own toilet paper because you just never know.
Nice clean campground on the river. Easy access to the river for the kids and fishing. Bathrooms were clean. Has full hook-ups, and a dump station on site if you don’t get a full hook-up. Only negative is it’s right off the Parks HWY. Basic playground for kids and a lot of tame bunnies for them to watch.
Stayed here on my big Alaska trip. Really not much to it, but it was a super nice place to stay. I think there was only around 15 sites or so, and they are first come first served. There were some toilets and food storage. We were just passing through but it was a great place to stay for the night. Make sure to check out the exit glacier trail not too far from there. We also took a little day cruise in Seward which was a ton of fun. I would definitely recommend something like that. This was a great stop on our trip!