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Places to Camp near Juneau, AK

Are you in need of a campground near Juneau, AK? Discover secluded campsites where you can reconnect with nature. Or maybe you like to bring your family and friends along. Either way, there are Juneau campgrounds just for you. You're sure to find the perfect campground for your Juneau camping trip.

Best Camping Sites Near Juneau, AK (36)

    Camper-submitted photo from Mendenhall Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Mendenhall Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Mendenhall Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Mendenhall Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Mendenhall Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Mendenhall Lake Campground

    1.

    Mendenhall Lake Campground

    24 Reviews
    74 Photos
    37 Saves
    Auke Bay, Alaska

    Overview

    Mendenhall Campground is situated on the shore of Mendenhall Lake, in view of massive Mendenhall Glacier, about 13 miles from downtown Juneau. The site is a popular destination for viewing beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife. Hiking opportunities abound.

    Recreation

    The West Glacier Trail, with an elevation gain of 1,300 feet, can be hiked in 5-6 hours roundtrip. The trailhead is a half mile from the campground entrance by road or on the Aak'w Sit' Trail. The .4 mile Tolch Rock Trail is in this vicinity. The campground has several paths in it with interpretive signs relating facts about the area wildlife and environment.

    Facilities

    The West Glacier Trail, with an elevation gain of 1,300 feet, can be hiked in 5-6 hours roundtrip. The trailhead is a half mile from the campground entrance by road or on the Aak'w Sit' Trail. The .4 mile Tolch Rock Trail is in this vicinity. The campground has several paths in it with interpretive signs relating facts about the area wildlife and environment.

    Natural Features

    The campground is situated on the shore of Mendenhall Lake at about 100 feet elevation. Mendenhall Glacier lies to the north and the Mendenhall River flows on the east. On either side of the campground, the mountains rise from 4,000 to to 7,000 feet above the Mendenhall Glacier. The topography is relatively flat and open, consisting of glacial moraines, small lakes and ponds. Forbs and lichens, black cottonwood, Sitka alder, willow and mature spruce hemlock forests cover the area. The forest floor is dotted with blueberry bushes and mosses. At nearly 17 million acres, the Tongass National Forest covers most of Southeast Alaska and is the largest forest in the national forest system. The Tongass surrounds the Inside Passage, the network of waterways that buffer the jagged Alaskan Coast and a cluster of coastline islands. The Tongass offers visitors a chance to view wildlife, including eagles, bears and spawning salmon. Expansive vistas, including fjords, glaciers and mountain peaks fill the area. Much of the forest is a temperate rain forest.

    Nearby Attractions

    Run the rapids down the Mendenhall River, take a helicopter to the top of the glacier, bicycle or hike in the area. Outfitters offer these services. Many trails can be accessed from the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center area, including East Glacier Trail, with an elevation gain of 400 feet, takes 2-3 hours roundtrip. Some of the shorter trails in this area include the 1.7 mile Nugget Falls Trail, where the waterfall drops 377 feet in two tiers onto a sandbar in Mendenhall Lake, the 1.5 mile Moraine Ecology Trail, and the .7 mile Trail of Time.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $34 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Auk Village
    Camper-submitted photo from Auk Village
    Camper-submitted photo from Auk Village
    Camper-submitted photo from Auk Village
    Camper-submitted photo from Auk Village
    Camper-submitted photo from Auk Village

    2.

    Auk Village

    10 Reviews
    28 Photos
    16 Saves
    Auke Bay, Alaska

    Overview

    Auk Village Campground is located 15 miles from downtown Juneau, Alaska, and 1.5 miles from the Alaska State Ferry terminal at Auke Bay. The area offers a variety of outdoor opportunities.

    Recreation

    The area offers fishing, wildlife viewing, kayaking, picnicking, motor boating, hiking, berry picking, rafting, sailing, bicycling, and glacier viewing.

    Facilities

    The area offers fishing, wildlife viewing, kayaking, picnicking, motor boating, hiking, berry picking, rafting, sailing, bicycling, and glacier viewing.

    Natural Features

    The campground sits above Auk Bay in a western hemlock and Sitka spruce forested area. Views of the Chilkat Range and the ocean are spectacular. Bears frequent the area.

    Nearby Attractions

    Auk Recreation Area includes a large day use area on the shores of Auk Bay. The area includes shelters, picnic tables, drinking water, fire rings and a trail. At the Auk Bay Harbor, commercial operators offer sport fishing, kayak rentals, and whale watching tours.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Picnic Table

    $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Admiralty National Monument
    Camper-submitted photo from Admiralty National Monument
    Camper-submitted photo from Admiralty National Monument
    Camper-submitted photo from Admiralty National Monument

    3.

    Admiralty National Monument

    2 Reviews
    4 Photos
    1 Save
    Auke Bay, Alaska

    Admiralty National Monument ACTIVITIES Boating Fishing Hiking Hunting Wildlife Viewing Fire Lookouts/cabins Overnight Swimming

    • Tents
    Camper-submitted photo from Glacier Nalu Campground Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Glacier Nalu Campground Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Glacier Nalu Campground Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Glacier Nalu Campground Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Glacier Nalu Campground Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Glacier Nalu Campground Resort
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      5.

      Peterson lake campground

      2 Reviews
      19 Photos
      8 Saves
      Auke Bay, Alaska

      Overview

      Peterson Lake Cabin was built in the 1980s and named after John Peterson, who started a placer gold mine in this area in 1900. The Peterson Lake Trail that accesses the cabin follows a former tram route for the first 2 miles, and remnants of the tram can still be seen. The cabin is open year-round and is one of Juneau Ranger District's most popular backcountry rentals. This secluded retreat offers the chance to enjoy beautiful scenery and a variety of recreational activities. The site can be accessed by float plane or by hiking, snowshoeing or skiing 4.5 miles from the Peterson Lake Trailhead on Glacier Highway. The trail has an elevation gain of 800 feet. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

      Recreation

      The Peterson Lake Trail is partially planked. Hikers can use this trail in warmer weather, but snowshoes and skis are ideal in winter. The trail winds through muskeg and old-growth forest, taking hikers past waterfalls. Cross-country skiing is good in winter, with an undeveloped trail to John Muir cabin (map and compass are recommended). Anglers can fish for steelhead, trout, coho and pink salmon in Peterson Creek below the falls. Visitors can use the cabin's skiff with oars, but they must bring their own flotation devices.

      Facilities

      This 12 ft. by 14 ft. cabin is pan-abode style and sleeps six people with two single and two double bunks. The cabin also has a table and benches, a broom, a propane furnace, wood stove and splitting maul. Propane is provided for the furnace. The facility offers an accessible ramp to the cabin, a wider hardened trail connecting the cabin to the new vault toilet and float dock. A picnic table is provided on the front deck, and a cooler box for food storage is attached to the side of the cabin. A fire ring is located outside. A dock is available for float planes and boats. Water, firewood and electricity are not provided. Water is available from a nearby stream, but visitors should be sure to treat water before drinking or cooking with it ( water safety tips ). It is recommended that visitors bring their own water supply. Visitors must provide their own sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cooking stove, lanterns or flashlights, cookware, plates, utensils, food, toilet paper, garbage bags, a fire extinguisher and fire starter. Visitors are also expected to pack out trash, empty the cabinets and clean the cabin before leaving ( click here for more cabin details).

      Natural Features

      The cabin sits on relatively flat land covered in tall grass. The front deck of the cabin offers views of the lily pad-covered lake and the surrounding forest-covered slopes. Peterson Lake is narrow and almost a mile long. The surrounding landscape is marsh and a forest of hemlock and spruce. Distant ice-capped mountain peaks can be seen from the lake. Deer and black bear are common to the area ( bear safety information ). A variety of waterfowl can be seen on the lake.

      • Fires
      • RVs
      • Tents
      • Standard (Tent/RV)
      • Picnic Table
      • Toilets

      $75 / night

      Camper-submitted photo from John Muir Cabin
      Camper-submitted photo from John Muir Cabin
      Camper-submitted photo from John Muir Cabin
      Camper-submitted photo from John Muir Cabin
      Camper-submitted photo from John Muir Cabin
      Camper-submitted photo from John Muir Cabin

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      John Muir Cabin

      1 Review
      19 Photos
      5 Saves
      Auke Bay, Alaska

      Overview

      John Muir Cabin was built in 1980 and named after John Muir to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his visit to the Gastineau Channel area. This rustic cabin is open year-round and offers spectacular views and plenty of recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. The cabin is accessed by hiking, snowshoeing or skiing 3.5 miles from the Spaulding Meadows/Auk Nu trailhead off of Glacier Highway. The trail is partially planked and winds through muskeg with a 1,500-foot elevation gain. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety and must bring several of their own amenities.

      Recreation

      The Auk Nu Trail continues past the cabin toward Auke Mountain. Cross-country skiing is excellent in winter, with close access to Spaulding Meadows and an undeveloped trail to Peterson Lake Cabin (map and compass are recommended). Skis or snowshoes are recommended in winter.

      Facilities

      The Auk Nu Trail continues past the cabin toward Auke Mountain. Cross-country skiing is excellent in winter, with close access to Spaulding Meadows and an undeveloped trail to Peterson Lake Cabin (map and compass are recommended). Skis or snowshoes are recommended in winter.

      Natural Features

      The cabin sits in a subalpine meadow 1,550 feet above the Mendenhall Valley. This vantage point offers great views of Juneau, Gastineau Channel, Auke Bay, the Chilkat Mountains, Admiralty Island and numerous ice field peaks. Brown and black bears, deer and porcupines are common to the area (bear safety information). A variety of bird species make their home here, including the bald eagle.

      • Fires
      • Toilets

      $75 / night

      Camper-submitted photo from Peterson Lake Cabin
      Camper-submitted photo from Peterson Lake Cabin
      Camper-submitted photo from Peterson Lake Cabin
      Camper-submitted photo from Peterson Lake Cabin
      Camper-submitted photo from Peterson Lake Cabin
      Camper-submitted photo from Peterson Lake Cabin

      7.

      Peterson Lake Cabin

      1 Review
      9 Photos
      2 Saves
      Auke Bay, Alaska

      Overview

      Peterson Lake Cabin was built in the 1980s and named after John Peterson, who started a placer gold mine in this area in 1900. The Peterson Lake Trail that accesses the cabin follows a former tram route for the first 2 miles, and remnants of the tram can still be seen. The cabin is open year-round and is one of Juneau Ranger District's most popular backcountry rentals. This secluded retreat offers the chance to enjoy beautiful scenery and a variety of recreational activities. The site can be accessed by float plane or by hiking, snowshoeing or skiing 4.5 miles from the Peterson Lake Trailhead on Glacier Highway. The trail has an elevation gain of 800 feet. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

      Recreation

      The Peterson Lake Trail is partially planked. Hikers can use this trail in warmer weather, but snowshoes and skis are ideal in winter. The trail winds through muskeg and old-growth forest, taking hikers past waterfalls. Cross-country skiing is good in winter, with an undeveloped trail to John Muir cabin (map and compass are recommended). Anglers can fish for steelhead, trout, coho and pink salmon in Peterson Creek below the falls. Visitors can use the cabin's skiff with oars, but they must bring their own flotation devices.

      Facilities

      The Peterson Lake Trail is partially planked. Hikers can use this trail in warmer weather, but snowshoes and skis are ideal in winter. The trail winds through muskeg and old-growth forest, taking hikers past waterfalls. Cross-country skiing is good in winter, with an undeveloped trail to John Muir cabin (map and compass are recommended). Anglers can fish for steelhead, trout, coho and pink salmon in Peterson Creek below the falls. Visitors can use the cabin's skiff with oars, but they must bring their own flotation devices.

      Natural Features

      The cabin sits on relatively flat land covered in tall grass. The front deck of the cabin offers views of the lily pad-covered lake and the surrounding forest-covered slopes. Peterson Lake is narrow and almost a mile long. The surrounding landscape is marsh and a forest of hemlock and spruce. Distant ice-capped mountain peaks can be seen from the lake. Deer and black bear are common to the area ( bear safety information ). A variety of waterfowl can be seen on the lake.

      • Fires
      • Picnic Table
      • Toilets

      $75 / night

      Camper-submitted photo from Herbert Glacier Trailhead Dispersed
      Camper-submitted photo from Blue Mussel Cabin
      Camper-submitted photo from Blue Mussel Cabin

      9.

      Blue Mussel Cabin

      2 Reviews
      2 Photos
      1 Save
      Auke Bay, Alaska

      (12' X 16') Sleeps 8 (maximum 8) with a maximum stay of 3 consecutive nights. $50 per night. Cabins are not furnished with mattresses. Summer access by foot or boat (can haul onto a rocky beach). The foot trail begins at Point Bridget State Park Trailhead parking area at Mile 39 Glacier Highway. The trail is 3.4 miles to the cabin. Winter access: the same trail is open in the winter. Visitors can ski or snowshoe in, but no ATV's or other motorized vehicles are allowed. Primary heat at the cabin is kerosene with an emergency woodstove. It is recommended the user bring a minimum of 1 gallon of kerosene per day to supply heat for the cabin (2 gallons per night in the winter). The fuel storage tank for the stove is on the rear of the cabin. Water supply is snow in the winter and a nearby creek in the summer. Please purify before using. In a dry year, the creek will be dry, so consider bringing a water supply. GPS 058° 40' 42.00"N, 134° 59' 8.56"W.

      • Pets
      • Fires
      • Reservable
      • Group
      • Picnic Table
      • Toilets
      Camper-submitted photo from Bessie Creek Trailhead
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