Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Ptarmigan Creek

Ptarmigan Creek is a small, peaceful campground with incredible views of the Chugach Mountains. Nestled beside Ptarmigan Creek and a short walk from Kenai Lake, the campground creates an ideal location for avid wildlife enthusiasts, hikers and anglers.

Miles of hiking and biking trails weave throughout the area, and moose, brown and black bear, sheep and goats can be found across a large part of the forest.


From late August to early September campers can view red salmon spawning in the creek from Ptarmigan Creek's fish viewing platform.

Fishing is a popular pastime, and Dolly Varden and rainbow trout are frequent catches.

The Ptarmigan Lake Trail takes hikers along the shore of the turquoise lake and inclines up through meadows, brush and forest.


Campground amenities include drinking water, vault toilets, picnic tables, campfire rings and dumpsters. No RV hookups are available but firewood is sold on-site. Parking aprons are gravel.

Natural Features

The campground sits in a wooded area at 470 feet elevation along Ptarmigan Creek. Campsites are shaded by spruce and paper birch, and mountain views are all around.

The campground is part of the Kenai Peninsula in the western part of Chugach National Forest. A largely alpine region with miles of fishing streams and remote mountain peaks, Chugach extends across more than 5 million acres of arid tundra wilderness, rugged mountains, deep fjords and the Prince William Sound.

Nearby Attractions

National Historic Iditarod Trail.

ADA Access: N

National Forest
Drive In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Picnic Table
Trash Available
Ptarmigan Creek is located in Alaska
60.4075 N
-149.3619 W
Get Directions
From Anchorage, go south on Seward Highway to Crown Point, approximately 100 miles. The campground is located at Milepost 23.1.
2 Reviews of Ptarmigan Creek
Small and secluded

Small, close to Seward, good fishing and hiking. Beware of bears

First to Review
Peaceful Alaskan Campground

Ptarmigan Creek is one of my favorite places to take friends camping in AK. It is on the way to Seward, and a close drive to visit Exit Glacier. The creek can be pretty rapid, but the fishing is good. Pack your trash away, there are bears in the area. I used to make this a required camping stop after going to the Girdwood Forest Fair.