Chugach National Forest, ALASKA
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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.

Quick place to camp with amazing view

It is close to Anchorage and has good fishing close. The view are to die for.

Beautiful but be bear aware!

My wife and I stayed at the beluga cabin for a couple nights last July and had quite the memorable experience. The surrounding area of the campground is beautiful and located right on the Turnagain Arm. There is a nice bike path that connects through the campground that you can take advantage of for a nice bike ride or hike but be aware of wildlife. My wife and I ran into a large juvenile brown bear on the trail leading from the restrooms to our cabin. He gave us one hell of a scare as he came out of the brush 10 yards away from us and reared up on his hind legs to check us out.

Rainy but beautiful

The only reason this night turned out bad was because I insisted on sleeping in a tent even though it was raining and I got soaked. If it's raining and your tent is not equipped for it then find an alternative. We stayed in the tent section of the campground and had an incredible view of the sound and the glaciers. You are close to the bathrooms and playground in the tent section. There is a nice sidewalk that will lead you back into town. Public showers are available. Be sure to take quarters to get in. Tent sites are close together but all have a picnic table and fire ring.

About a 5 mile ocean kayaking trip from Whittier, Alaska, tent platforms

A 5 mile paddle from Whittier, AK. Watch the weather waves can build up quickly. A number of tent platforms, 2 toilets and a few bear proof boxes. From this camp ground it is time to "decide" which way you want to go as the sound really opens up to you. There is fresh water but boil or filter it first. I think I must have camped here at least 30 or 40 times, most of it before tent platforms, toilets or bear containers. I've camped here May June July August

Stunning Views

We had to take a boat in and I think you can only hike in during low tide. But I camped here for a week and it was the most gorgeous place I have ever been. Waking up every morning with mountains and ocean in view was so surreal. We also saw a whale from our camp, tons of seals, porpoises, and beautiful birds. There were bald eagles, ravens, and Stellar’s jays. I highly recommend for primitive camping.

So great!

I spent three nights on the ferry from Bellingham, WA, to Skagway, AK. Camping on the deck was wonderful. You can pitch a tent on the deck, or sleep under the heated overhang. You can also get a private cabin if you’d like, or find a quiet place in other places on board. Movie theater, showers, washer and dryer, food. More than you need. Plus amazing views! No booze on the deck but available in the dining room. The staff was also so sweet!

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Great little cabin on the lake!

Some nice trout to be caught in the lake, if you ride horses into this cabin and abide by the rules, you will have very little grass for them to eat and you will not be able to watch or protect them from the Bears.

Tent camping area is great and near the water and the beach

This review covers the Tent Camping Area near Waterfront park and Resurrection RV campground. Some spots have trees and provide some privacy. Tent spots have sand/gravel pads. Spots have picnic tables and fire pits. Dogs allowed but need to be on a leash. No showers but has a nearby restroom. If you want to take a shower you have to go to city center 10min = $2. $10 a camp spot and max of 2 tents. No reservations. First come first serve. Check out is at 12pm.

Campground is near waterfront park that has a skate park and great playground for kids. There’s a paved path that goes along the water close to the campground. Walking, biking, and rollerblading is all possible on the waterfront path. Path runs from waterfront campgrounds all the way to the Sea Life Center.

Check the weather before heading for Seward. It has a reputation for being rainy and tent camping in the cool rain isn’t fun.

Huge campground right on the Kenai River!

Great family weekend campground and is right on the river providing amazing fishing opportunities. This campground is huge! So lots of trails and boardwalks to ride bikes, walk dogs, get out and explore. Check out the City of Soldotna website for all the details and list of all the fees and discounts for trip planning.

Camping spots are large and offer fire pits and picnic tables. Extra vehicles are charged the same fee as the RV. So if you drive down and have an RV to get the spot and have a friend in a car joining you later they charge the car same price as the RV. Wish they’d have a price break for extra vehicles.

There is no campsite without a breath taking view of mountains and glaciers

WI think a mile walking distance to downtown Seward. A City shuttle comes for free a couple tines a day. There fishING resources to rent. Cavins, yurts and camp sites. Late August the silver back salmon run. We caught one. The Alaska Coas talk train and Exit Glacier are awesome destinations. Resort staff are helpful

great location away from the mad rush of summer fisherman

great location, no hookups but is nice and clean, trail down to the beach is hard to find but the beach is full of agates for those who collect. if you keep your eyes and ears open there is lots of wildlife in the area. The bears and moose usually wander about in the dawn or dusk hours.

Nice, quiet little campground

Nice little campground with small amt of campsites, not really suitable for large groups or RVs so it's nice and quiet. It's walk in, but not far from the car. The vault toilets have been clean every time we've come up. The campsite is at quite an elevation so is chilly at night and early morning even in the summer. There's a little stream that flows by the campground, which is nice to fall asleep to. Gorgeous trails to hike back here too.

Lovely little campground!

This is a nice little walk in campground. The sites aren't very far from the car and the food storage/shelter/eating area isn't far from the car either. The further in you camp, the more privacy you score and the furthest away ends up by the gravel bar with the braided river lulling you to sleep. There wasn't any wind and the mosquitos were INSANE! Bring your bugspray and a headnet. The campground was having a problem with bears in the area. The bear storage bin had recently been attacked sporting huge dents and claw scratches.

Beautiful Basecamp for exploring the Caines Head area

WHAT YOU MUST KNOW: The campground is either accessible via boat or hiking in at LOW TIDE ONLY. It is a lovely hike along the coast with views of eagles, bears, glaciers etc. 5.1 miles one way from Lowell point. The campsite is free but parking is $5/day or free with your state parks pass.

We found South Beach to be a wonderful place to camp. There are a few brand new wooden platforms that we set one of our tents up on, but there are lots of sites both in the woods a little way for wind protection but also along the beach and up on the grass before the beach. There are two bear bins for food. The one nearest us had a nice overhang shelter with 4 picnic tables for cooking/eating. It did rain so we appreciated having somewhere dry to eat and listen to the horror story from the group that ignored the low tide warning and were nursing their wounds from falling on the razor sharp rocks.

No running water but there's a lovely stream for water filtering nearby. 2 outhouses- Warning, no TP. Bring your own!

The trailhead to Caines head/Fort Mcgilvray is at the end of the beach by the abandoned pier and easy to find. Long story short (see the website), Fort Mcgilvray is an old abandoned WW2 fort that is worth the hike uphill to explore. Bring a flashlight. Really gorgeous views of the bay from the top. Great place for lunch at the old gun emplacements. There's even picnic tables at the lookout. There are a few other trails to explore and even a few days at the beach with a good book and a pair of binoculars would be some great R+R.

Beautiful location, lots of campsite choices

Tonsina Point Campground is the first campground, 2.1mi hike in from Lowell Point, on the way out to Caines Head/North Beach or is a great destination to camp on its own. Parking at the trail head does cost $5/night or is free with a season pass. The trail passes through beautiful forest and gains some elevation, about 250ft, before dropping down to the coast line. To access Caines Head after Tonsina, one MUST pay attention to the tide tables and can only safely pass the shoreline at low tide. We arrived late in the day, and low tide was at 7am the next day, so camping at Tonsina was a perfect choice. Now mind you, it gets crowded on the weekends on this trail, but we came out on a Thursday in late summer and the campground was empty.

The campground itself is set back in the forest for some windbreak. There is about 5 or 6 semi private, flat sites with fire circles with dispersed places for tents here and there. There is a long drop toilet but NO toilet paper. There are two bear bins for food with two picnic tables that has an overhead shelter roof. Great on rainy days. No running water but there's a gorgeous stream nearby for filtering.

If it's a nice day like we had, bypass the official camping area and camp on the beach. We found a lovely flat spot well above the waterline. Woke up to eagles, harlequin ducks and glacier views. Kept our food in the bear bins as there are frequent bear sightings.

We continued on to Caines Head/North Beach the next night but I'd also have been perfectly happy to relax on the beach with a book and some binoculars for a few days.

Gem on a lake

Cool cabin with lots of unique features

Perch on a hill

Great cabin on Crescent Lake for a long day hike or make it an overnight at the other cabin first. Be careful of avalanches in the spring even when most of the snow has melted

One of Alaska's best

The Dale Clemins cabin is one of everyone's favorites. The hike to the cabin isn't too strenuous, and runs through beautiful lush temperate rainforest. It's stocked with propane for heat, so you don't have to haul in or scavenge for firewood. The cabin has plenty of sleeping room, plus a beautiful deck with views of glaciers and overlooks Resurrection Bay

Great Location!

Initially I was hesitant about camping here because I had read a lot of bad reviews. There are good sites and there are not such good sites. The location is perfect, the drive down the road was muddy but fine, there was free coffee and although some sites were close together and packed in, others looked perfect! Plus I always enjoy the ability to have a hot shower after a few days of not having one!


We stayed one night at Bird Creek and were unable to get a site when we came back through the area. It sits just south of Anchorage but you would hardly know it! Great to watch the fishing, along a nice trail, and a convenient walk to a small store. We had some grizzly visitors and a moose pass right by our site.

Great Stay on the Kenai Pennisula

We stayed for two nights in this campground on the edge of Kenai Lake and were very happy. Great fishing spots and a gorgeous view of the lake.

Kelly Lake Cabin was the perfect getaway

I can't say enough about my stay at Kelly Lake Cabin of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Cabin. It was late Feb./ early March, and we were tired from our previous two days of camping and hiking, so when we arrived at the lake, we decided to drive the short distance on the lake instead of hiking out to the cabin with all our stuff. We parked on the lake in front of the cabin and were pleasantly surprised to see someone had left an igloo! The cabin was neat, the newest we'd ever stayed in, and had a wonderful view of the trees and lake. Even the outhouse had great views! The woodstove in the cabin was extremely effective at warming the space (we woke up sweating!), and the fact that the cabin came with an outdoor fire ring and boat made us want to come back with friends in the summer even more! Absolutely loved the space and our time there.

Easy, breezy, beautiful

This section along Turnagain Pass is one of my favorites to drive, and Betha Creek Campground is right alongside it- I would imagine many don't even realize it's there! We got a campsite and slept in the VW Vanagon for the night, but enjoyed the firepit, the nearby creek, and walking around the peaceful and beautiful grounds. It was very accessible and made for a simple, easy weekend getaway.

City Goers Campground

If you are looking to get away from the city but are okay with close campsites this is the place for you. Has bathrooms and trash. Fire pits and picnic tables

The Back Country Campers Paridise

No amenities. What you pack in you pack out. 6 tent camping spots before the gate, back country camping after the gate. Look for the posts with yellow reflectors for camping sites past the gate. beautiful sunrise and sunsets.

Beautiful Location in Cooper Landing - Salmon Lovers Paradis

This RV Park offers full hook ups with laundry, shower, and full service market on site. The showers were very clean with excellent water pressure ($2.00 for 10 min). Laundry facilities was large and clean. Market staff were extremely friendly and knowledgeable about area. They were kind enough to lend us bear spray for our Russian River hike. Lending library also available in market place to exchange for a new book.

The Princess Lodge itself is large with 2 restaurants and a large deck that looks out onto the Kenai. They offer shuttle service to and from the lodge and RV Park as needed. The lodge also has a beautiful trail with decks looking into the Kenai the shuttle can take you to and from as needed.

The market staff were really amazing and we enjoyed our stay here very much. We tried one of the restaurants in the Lodge and unfortunately weren’t too impressed. We will definitely stay at this RV site again in the future. Can’t beat the location and hospitality!