Paxson Lake Campground is located at MP 175 of the Richardson Hwy. The campground has 50 camp sites including 2 accessible sites and 10 walk-in sites near the shore of Paxson Lake. All campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Accessible sites, water, picnic tables, fire rings, and restrooms are available. The campground's boat launch is the starting point for those floating the main branch of the Gulkana Wild and Scenic River.
Paxton Lake well off the hwy, not too far, enough to be quiet. nice spots well maintained . Clearly marked trails 50+ sites all shapes and walk in sites right on the lake. Clean bathrooms and low cellphone single there.
We hopped over to one of the three only-accessible-by-boat campsites across the lake. What a treat! With waves gently lapping the shore and views of the mountains and glaciers, it felt like our own little piece of paradise for the weekend. A note on amenities - The campsite had a picnic table and fire ring, but no outhouse/toilet, so be prepared to dig a hole, unlike other campers that stayed here.
This is a great little campsite that has been fairly quiet whenever we visit, probably due to the remote location. Excellent facilities, well maintained and separates out Rvs and a walk in campsite. Great boat launch, beautiful scenery complete with glacier views on a clear enough day. The lake can get weedy in spots but some great fishing as well. Amenities aren't too close by so keep that in mind when choosing this campground and be sure you have enough gas to get to the next gas station. They have remote campsites as well that can be accessed if you have a boat, which are our preferred camping spots. Always excellent camping and if you go at the right time, lots of fresh blueberries to pick and eat.
I and my group of visited Paxson Lake Campground and found it to be beautifully wooded with white and black spruce (perfect for hanging a hammock!). We picked sites adjacent to only water pump within the park to save on hauling and many walked down to the lake for a cold dip, since the campground has no modern amenities. The gravel road to get into the campground was a bit of challenge on loaded touring bicycles, but wouldn't present a challenge to those in motor vehicles, as the Richardson highway is several hundred feet above the lake.
Bring mosquito coils to create a safe zone, and definitely get to know the campground host, who has been a BLM volunteer in Alaska for several years at various campgrounds.