This campground is a three mile hike up into the mountain from the city of Skagway. You’ll end up on the shore in the Taiya Inlet. The sites are placed greatly and the view is spectacular, be weary of the wind. The hike is switchbacks for a mile, then small ups and downs until you descend to the shore. Fire pits, buckets for water, and picnic tables are there. The hike is incredible and recommend going on a sunny day after a long rain. You will run into Lower Lake along the way which also has a few camping spots.
Start like you're heading to Yakutania Point, and follow the signs for Smugg's. You'll pass trashcans and facilities along the way. At Smugg's, you'll find a picnic table and fire pit. It's much quieter than the Point and better for tent camping. Also great for trail running. I love this spot! Great afternoon hike that can turn into an overnight stay. Pet friendly too! I went bush whacking on the other side of the cove and found some cool spots up the goat trail. But watch out for bears if you’re out in peak season.
Maybe in the winter this would be a better spot. Though beautiful, it's very busy. It's right next to the small boat harbor, and the rail road dock, so there's traffic from fishing boats, the small ferry, and the cruise ships. It's convenient to town, close to the liquor store. The plus side-it's close to Pullen Creek where the salmon run, there are plenty of facilities, and it's close to the trailhead for lower and upper lake.
Cross the foot bridge over the Skagway River by the airport and follow the signs left. It's an easy trail with a few places to explore and hang out by the water along the way. If you follow it to the Point, you'll pass outhouses and trashcans about half way. There is a picnic table under the trees, then a fire pit close to the shore line. Plenty of places to hang a hammock. For the best views, check out the rocks to the right. Plenty of locals in the evening. Great place to meet people. Pet friendly, as long as your pets are friendly!
It's a little odd but it's got everything you need. Coin showers, laundry, bathrooms inside what feels like a living room. Nice place to hang out. Vending machines and books. RV and Tents. Next to the famous Lighthouse bar. Just a few blocks from the Sheldon Museum and the downtown area. Convenient, plus nice views. Also, the staff is super helpful. I had a last minute overnight stay. I was borrowing a friend’s tent that I had never used before. A staff member and other campers came over to help me fight the wind and set it up. Super sweet!
Lots of benefits to this spot-- Haines is one of my most favorite towns in the South East because it's small, residential, and not as touristy. There are plenty of affordable RV parks in the area, but I prefer pitching it on the coast at Portage Cove (no RVs, walking or bike only). It's not far from the ferry terminal or downtown. There are public restrooms. Plus the view of the Chilkat Inlet is perfect to wake up to. Lots of spaces! Though it’s quieter before and after the tourist summer season, the Haines state fair is a blast!!! Art, music, food. Great time to go!
This site is mostly about the hike; not many facilities, but not needed. The first few switchbacks were the worst of the hike. You get a nice view of town on the way up, then you can go around the entire lake. There's a picnic table and several small cleared areas to pitch. The locals and seasonal workers flock here to swim on warm days so expect lots of activity if it's warm out. You can continue on the "Lower Loop" which will take you back down to the trailhead, or you can continue up to Upper Lake.
Location is convenient next to the rec center and a few blocks from town. The restrooms are clean. There’s a coin operated shower and coin operated laundry on site. There are picnic tables and vending machines as well. Skagway is a great place to stop and this is definitely my favorite rv park. The rate is pretty reasonable in comparison to other parks in town. Plus, you can't beat the view. More spots available during "shoulder seasons" (April or October)
Private spaces, beautiful views, northern lights, eagles, bears, river, ocean….all the things. Perfect for an over-night or several days in seclusion. It’s about a twenty-thirty minute drive from town. The tougher your vehicle, the better, but 4wd not needed. You can camp on the outskirts of the grounds for an open view of the flats, or get a more secluded spot in the trees. It’s a dream. Dyea has such amazing history. There’s a bar/restaurant/Airbnb on the way. The sweetest woman runs it and she’ll tell you all you need to know about the area.
The camping spaces are a little close together, though there are enough it’s easy to get to some privacy. It’s got everything you need, though for better views and further privacy, I’d recommend driving a little further toward the flats. Dyea always seems like the perfect kind of quiet, though it gets the most traffic during the summer and both US and Canadian holidays. I suggest going in September. The weather is perfect-not too cold, solid breeze but warm sunshine. The leaves start to change to a beautiful yellow.
St. James State Marine Park is located approximately 35 miles northwest of Juneau and 45 miles south of Haines. The park encompasses St. James Bay, Boat harbor, and continues north up the valley which drains the area. The area has abundant protected anchorages, concentrations of fish and wildlife, and beach landing areas.
The average temperatures in the summer are in the 60's, rare highs hitting 80, which I was blessed to experience. Have warm clothing and quality rain gear, as inclement weather can set in quickly and last for days. Snow can begin to accumulate as early as October.
The recreational use of St. James Bay is extremely high. The bay, easily accessed by small boat from the Amalga Harbor boat launch, Auke Bay, or Juneau, is a popular area for wildlife viewing, photography, waterfowl and big game hunting, sport fishing, boating, kayaking, and camping.
If anything in Haines can convince you it's one of Alaska's finest spots, it's Chilkoot Lake state recreation area. Beautiful wooded campsites with fire rings, picnic tables, and flat areas for tents.. and a short walk (often can see from your site) to the lake where a beautiful show occurs each time the sun sets. I never wanted to leave!
This site is a great basecamp for boating but there are also some great trails within the park. You can see to the mainland on both sides of the fjords so bring the best binoculars you can afford. This area is also famous for its Bald Eagle Preserve, salmon, and everything else you think of when you think of Alaska. There’s a nice nature center and rangers who offered tips on where to see the latest wildlife and which trails to try. The campsites are fairly open which makes for stunning views in all directions and an opportunity to get to know a few of your neighbors. Absolutely recommended, especially if you have a boat.
Just a short walk from 'downtown' Haines, this lovely little campground is just great! There is easy access to the beach, with a wonderful view of Haines and the fjords and mountains. It is a very basic walk-in tent campground, which was absolutely perfect!
I biked here from Haines in June, it is such a lovely area! I did a tour of the campground and it looks very nice. The boat launch area is perfect for a picnic, and the lake is perfect for a paddle! They even have childrens PFDs to borrow, should you forget to bring some. Keep an eye out for wildlife, there are lots of grizzlies around.
Everything about Haines is amazing. The mountains in this part of Alaska are towering and incredible. There are lots of camping opportunities in Haines including a small rustic campground right in town a short walking distance of the fast ferry. That campsite is about $5 and based on the honor system. This Chilkoot Lake area is much farther from the ferries, but a beautiful area. You will need to find a car to drive you out to the area. The area features a wide river and scenic mountain hikes and views.
The Dyea campground is the trail head for the Chilkoot Trail. The Chilkoot Trail was my first backpacking experience and pure heave. Spend time on the Canada side (in the rain shadow and sunny and amazing). Bring bear mace. Grizzlies love Dyea.