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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.

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.

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.

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.

Portage Valley Beauty Surrounds

Always full each weekend of summer so get here early or better yet make a reservation. There are pull through, back in and standard sights close to the river with easy access to the Trail of Blue Ice. Only downside is that where there is lots of privacy with full brush and trees between sights it in turn makes spotting a bear hard and there is a lit of bear activity here. No hookups but beautiful.

Beautiful Fun

Beautiful little spot, often overlooked for Williwaw Campground. We spent the weekend here and it was great. The canpground back up against the Trail of Blue Ice and has east access to all the Portage Vallet jas to offer. Nice open sites, the only downside is some road noise. We were happy to have not gotten into Williwaw as it is very grown up and hard to see and we did have a bear come through one night but we were able to see him. He passed through no issue just getting to the creek and fish. Wonderfully clean bathrooms serviced twice a day. The campgound jost at Williwaw also cover payment pickup for Black Bear.

Secluded with great access to water

It seems as though people don’t know about this one and it’s so nice. We felt alone in a beautiful place. And in such a pretty area!

Crowded but it is a get-away

Family oriented camp ground - packed into a small family lot. Crew are mostly summer out of towners but you'll see the seasoned AKs working about. The tent are is snuggled into the wood and the RVs conquer the shore, with trailers fusing their way in both areas. Overall, great place to sleep, shower, and eat - hard place to stay multiple days due to proximity of others.

Emerald River Beauty

Out 15x35 site with 35 amp hookups had great access to Kenai River and close to fishing the Russian River. Great views of the emerald green Kenai with a dock for small boat launch and fishing. Store with espresso, coffee and ice cream in site. Great spot for parking then zipping to all the fishing spots close by. There are spots that have both sewer and electric we chose views over sewer.

Tight Spots but Low Price

If you don't plan on sitting by the campfire but exploring Seward then this is the spot for you. Must be military or DOD to stay here but it is lower and cheaper price than anywhere else in Seward. RV sites are close and tight together like a parking lot. There is a store along with showers available and a restaurant during summer months. Beautiful mountain views in all directions help cushion the blow of this tight fit. Close to downtown and the harbor, we used our bicycles to get around town.

Eagles nest

Well I won’t try to build it up too much. This is a gravel lot. It’s too bad the owners didn’t leave some of the trees when they took them out to make the spots. The showers are great the laundry room is nice. They have a great rack room with the DVD screen/player. The best part of this park is the Eaglesnest in the tall tree in the front of the park. When we were there on August 4 there was two juveniles and the parents. It was pretty cool for us because we rarely see eagles.

Right on the Kenai river

If you want to salmon fish for a few weeks every summer this is the place. You can call and check to see when there running or you can just check with Alaska Fish and Game. When they’re running in the thousands it’s pretty much full so you would need to reserve ahead. This RV Park has their own private boardwalk so it makes it a little more managed. Full hookups $70.00 plus tax.

Wooded park on Kenai Coast

Nice separation between sites here. Beach is just minutes away. We’re hoping the clouds will move so we can see the volcanoes.

Great spot close to Anchorage!

Can fill up quickly during the summer, so will probably be full if arriving later in the day. Nice, simple campground. A very short walk from the beautiful bird creek. And despite close to the rail road, trains were very infrequent during our stay and not a bother.

Peaceful Yurt City with all the amenities

This Yurt Village has just about everything you could need for mix between tent camping and hotel stay:

   - Small, shared kitchen and dinning with a fridge, grill, and free make your own waffle/donut bar in the morning

   - Group fire pit with benches and hammocks

   - 2 showers, 3 toilets with towels, mirror, blow dryer and mirror

   - Electricity in the yurt to charge your phone

   - wifi in the common area

   - fan and mini heater for the yurt

   - linens provided

We stayed in the Halibut Yurt. It was stocked with some reading material and bear safety kit.  The yurts aren't far apart, but separated by cute paths among the woods.  Our bed wasn't the most comfortable, but that is our only small complaint with this camping space.   The host was nice and the campground was very clean. It is 7 miles from downtown Seward and there is a bike path almost the whole way into town.

WILAWAW CAMPGROUND

Beautiful Camping sites for tenting or RVing. Double Campsites also. Self Service, No power hookup, water at the hand pump station, campfire wood for sale, $18 a night for single sight, back up and pull in sites, hiking to falls trail, campground host available, restrooms. Close to Portage Glacier, Byron Glacier, Animal Conservation Center and Whittier.

First to Review
Brand new BUT...

Let me start this review by saying that KOAs and RV parks in general are not our preferred type of camping. Personally, I would give this a one or two-star review but with the understanding that others may like this type of camping, I'm upping it to three stars. This is a brand new KOA that just opened in June 2019 and it has all the amenities you might expect from a KOA - full hookups, large laundry room, small store, etc. Yes, you do have views of the mountains. The lot is gravel and the sites are stacked up like dominoes, with nothing to separate the sites other than a white dividing line (typical for an RV park). But what makes this particular KOA not a good choice is that it is sandwiched between two dog sled kennels and you will hear barking huskies during your entire stay. If you don't mind barking huskies, you will definitely hear noise from the highway. There is NO separation between the campground and the road and should you be unlucky to get a site close to the road, this could definitely be unpleasant. It is also quite a distance from town so you would definitely need to drive. Considering the price tag of $60 per night and many other choices in the area, I'm not sure what the appeal of this facility is.

Wonderful Campground for all

This USFS Campground is right off the highway at Kenai Lake near Coopers Landing. Easy access for most any size RVs or trailers, well spaced, improved, level sites with big wooden tables and metal fire pits with metal cooking grates. Water and very clean restrooms and locking trash cans throughout the 2 loops. There is a boat launch. One side has Quartz Creek  running along it and another has lakefront campsites. There are first come, first served as well as reserved campsites. Some are single ($18) and some are doubles ($28) and there is a dump station. Salmon run up Quartz Creek and once they arrive the Bears will too. Very close to Coopers Landing and the Russian River. Lots of hiking, Mtn Biking trails, boating and fishing within very close distances as well as small stores, gas stations….

This is a great, quiet campground very close to many popular areas in Alaska. It is very busy once the Red Salmon arrive, esp fron mid July to mid August…

Relaxing with good location

We love staying in the Seward City Campgrounds. There are two areas for tents, but we prefer the sites on the beach. The views are good, there are park bathrooms, and if you have kids you are right next to the playground. Each site has a parking spot, a fire ring, and a picnic table. We were here in mid-May and saw whales, otters, sea lions, and a multitude of birds right from the campsites. The cost is $10 per night, check out is at noon and you can get a 10 minute shower for $2 from the bath house. You are within walking distance to downtown, the docks, and the little shops.

Gorgeous views

We came here in mid-May and everything was beautiful and green. I've read this campground can be busy but it was not at this time. Everything was well taken care of and you could tell the hosts make sure everything is in order. Each site has parking, fire rings, and picnic tables (excluding some tent sites). The picnic tables are large and have spots for someone in a wheelchair. The views of Turnagain Arm are stunning! Sites cost $9.

Ocean views

Amazing views everywhere you look. Saw lots of sea life right from tent. Caught fish close to campsite.