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Family Awesomeness!

Although there is no no alcohol allowed this campground is just pure cool. Quiet times from 10pm to 8am, they have a dump, day use area, tons of trails, and fire rings. There are several loops to choose from with a paved RV section up top. Sherrod loop is only 30 feet but much more secluded than above but with no hookups. Pull throughs sites above with over 87 sites total including the paved and dirt road ones. 4 pavilions with a playground and dog station.

Long Term Gem

A bit wide open and highway noise but on lake with laundry, showers, full hookups, firewood for sale, restaurant, matanuska lake access, long term parking too. Some sites have gorgeous lake views.

Pass it by

Pot hole parking lot. No alcohol, locked in at night, reservable, not every site has tables, firepitsx half the sites are locked off not in use, restrooms, small picnic pavillion, boat launch, $20 a night, host firewood $6

Lake Beauty

Lake access, picnic area, trails, pretty forest areas , host, no pull through sites however so large rigs may be tight. In my video I accidentally state no motorized boats on the lake but yes they are allowed. Bear proof trash. FCFS, firewood 8 and 2 for 15

Canoe Trails!

6 miles of canoe trails on Nancy Lake to keep you nice and busy all weekend long. Tons of hiking, camp host, firewood for sale $8 or 2 for $15, several lake access day use sites with picnic tables and fire rings. Bear proof trash so they are here people.


Mainly just a parking lot, good access to deshka landing for fishing, camp host, dry camping, $15 FCFCS. The fire here a few years ago have left the drive into the campground sad and burnt out, but new life is now growing on some.


Tons of trails, lake access, dog park, playground, electric hookups, forested descent separation between sites, group site, restrooms, swimming, kayaking, canoe, and fish, 2 pavilions, 2 playgrounds too.

Overpriced and under developed

This campground is easy to miss as it sits below the main road. We went to stay here, even booking our site only to cancel due to medical reason and they only refunded us half. They charge $2 per dog per day on top of the $22 a night site fee, which for Alaska I have never encountered before. The top sites are up a one way road on the mountain side and luckily we did not encounter anyone when we went up. The idea of lugging our water gear down was not enticing and they over price their water gear. All in all an ok campground just not our style. Also this is an alcohol free campground.

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.

Canoe Heaven

I never knew this campground existed and boy am I glad we found it. 7 miles of canoe trails, a swimming beach, and nice campsites make this a weekend getaway! Two large group sites, 24 tent sites and 8 rv sites, 1-8 and 15-21are reservable, with sites 9-14 fcfs. $25 a nigh dry campingMinimum booking 2 days in advance. Boat launch, Firewood $8 bucket or $15 for two. Camp host, 7 day limit. #5 and #6 are our RV favorites as they dont look upon anything but woods. Very clean restrooms. You can pay via card too! Huge day use area. Definately a keeper on our list.

Wasilla Wonderful

Wonderful place to stop off and catch your breath. Pavillion with fire pit, two grills si you dont have to unpack yours, and hammocks to laze away the day. Laundry and showers look like an old west town, too cute! Cabins for rent, playground for the kids and propane to restock. Open year round! Pet friendly and Wifi available. Super friendly staff.

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.

Gorgeous any time of year

Trails to hike or play on the lake! This campground is situated with access to Eklunta Lake and boy is that perfect. Tons of campsites to choose from both double, single and handicapped. First come, first served. Fire rings, tables, restrooms, firewood for purchase ($15) and camp host. Two sets of walk in tent sites with food lockers also available. Well water available too. Come spend a weekend exploring Eklunta Lake!

ATV and Raceway Camping

Cheap at only $17 a night, great for the raceway just down the road or for accessing the ATV trails. Dry sites with fire pits and tables, all pull through sites for 1-18, 19-26 in main area off the parking lot side back up to the forest. First come first severed, no holding of sites and no cutting of trees. Pets allowed on leash. Surrounded by mountains on three side so beautiful views too.

Long Term Mountain Views

Good Sam member, offers full hookups with long term availability, propane, showers, recycling and awesome mountain views. Off the beaten path in between Butte and Palmer, this was a nice find. The sites are parking lot gravel style but very clean and well kept.

Very nice military camp grounds

Stayed 2 nights on labor day weekend. Very cool spot. All campsites were pull through. Facilities were nice and well maintained. Full hook ups. Only bad thing was a ton of wasps. Spotted 4 giant nests within 200 ft of my camp spot otherwise great

King Mountain Campground

Clean sites, with great views and great hosts.

Lots of fun

I live on base and recently purchased a pop up. Took a maiden voyage here to feel out the beast and work out the kinks. Kids had a great time. All sites were back in other than the tent sites. Walking distance from commissary, bx, and shoppette but still felt like wilderness. Really had a good weekend and would recommend to anyone with base access. Will go again


Must be able to access JBER via veteran status, DOD or military. A great spot to chill for the weekend but still be close to base life. Great for veterans who want a base to explore Anchorage or visit family. Playground for the kids, showers, dump and full hookups.

JBER camping

Open to military, veterans and DOD only, must have access to JBER to use. Sites are far enough apart but dont have privacy of trees with the undergrowth all cleaned out. However not a bad campground overall. Free dump, playground, showers and plenty of sites.


Camping here is wonderful. Far enough from Anchorage to feel as if you're in the bush but close enough to run home if needed. Beautiful views of the mountains and lake. Black bears roam the woods and show themselves in early spring and early fall. Sheep walk the cliffs just north of the campground. Wonderful location to bring a canoe or kayak.

Along the River

Great campground with paved roads. Lots are spread out well and it is fairly comfortable and quite. Multiple trails travel along the campground and the river. Beautiful Alaskan experience right next to Alaska's largest city.

Small but quaint

Small and a bit tight, too tight for a truck and camper to navigate but still quaint for smaller rigs and tent campers. Our 28 foot RV made it through ok. Sites 33 and 34 great for small two camper group, two pavilions for half day rental, #5 is the only handicapped accessible site. Playground with third pavillion and open firepit with benches and large yard area great for a group picnic. Hiking trail off the campground and right along side moose creek.

All you hear is highway

All you can hear is Highway. This Campground may be considered the better of the three main choices for Anchorage however after asking around with my Anchorage friends I've heard that the homeless over takes this campground at night. After driving through the campground I did notice several questionable tent sites and also several questionable run-down RVs that looked as though they had been there for quite a while.

Downtown is all it's got going for it.

Not much going for this RV campground except for that it's downtown and close to the railroad. Railroad line runs directly next to the campground so at least twice a day you will hear trains. Homeless Camp is just up and around the corner from the campgrounds does not make me feel safe.

No Way

I would rather camp in Cabella's parking lot than stay here. Yes it is along Chester Creek, however you can't hear the creek due to road noise, the spots are tight no room to really extend your pull outs and the clientele is scuzzy to day the least. That's not mentioning the homeless camps along the creek. Please for your own safety choose somewhere else.

First to Review

This campground has it all! Situated on a beautiful lake that just so happens to be a loon sanctuary there is a boat house for you to rent paddle boats, kayaks, and more. Tons of water fowl and the occasions moose or bear. Must be able to get on base unfortunately but for those with base access this is the best of it all. RV spots all face the lake too. All tent, RV and cabins have their own firepit, picnic table and shared floating docks. This is by far one of our favorite places to camp.

Great lake access but parking lot for RV's.

Set up as more of a large parking lot. The good features of this "campground" include being right on Big Lake for close access to the water. Lots of water activities on the lake itself. Close tight spots and literally a parking lot for RVs with no room for pop outs or tables. Tables and fire pits are at the end of your spot so hope you like your neighbors. Several walk-in campsites for tents which were much prettier.

Small but pretty

Not the best campground for RVs but wonderful for tents and small campers. Only about 10 sites that can be reserved online. Right against the lake so great for fishing, canoeing and kayaking. There's a small boat launch and swimming area with no lifeguard on duty. Trees between site, tables and fire rings at each site.

Too Small and Overgrown

We drove through King Mountain State Recreation Park in order to get the lay of the land for future camping. We have a 28-foot camper. There were only about three spots worth a darn that would have fit us. This is more of a tent camping only Campground. The camp host was a young guy who could of used a shower and the sites were overgrown and tight some not even having room to park a car although map states they could. We wouldn't choose to stay here as there are prettier campgrounds with more to do.