This campground is located approximately 20 miles off the Glenn Highway down Lake Louise Road. The individual campsites are decently sized, and there are on site bathrooms, water, tables and fire pits. The campground also has a public boat launch, so if you bring a watercraft it opens up not only Lake Louise for exploration, but many of the surrounding other lakes like Susitna and Tyone Lakes. Watch out for caribou and moose, as there are plenty of them around, along with many other species of Alaskan small game like lynx, fox, grouse/ptarmagin, marmots and even wolves to name a few. Many of the campsites have stunning views of the Lake, and the campground is typically not very crowded.
This hidden gem is located right off the Sterling Highway as you enter Ninilchik. It has bathrooms on site, with other amenities typical of state rec campgrounds (water, tables, fire rings etc.). What this location has over other campgrounds is an amazing overlook out onto the historic village and famous Russian Orthodox Church, and a panoramic view of Cook Inlet with stunning, postcard worthy looks out toward Mt Iliamna and Mt Redoubt. The campsites are reasonably separated from one another, and there is room to park RVs at the individual sites. There is also an RV dump location nearby. The campground is located high on a hill above the Village, however there is a walkway path with stairs for beach and village access.
This campground really has everything when it comes to a state campground. You want water access on a glacial lake? How about numerous hiking, biking skiing and horse trails? Are you looking for updated amenities including a table and fire pit, onsite bathrooms, bear proof dumpster, bear proof food storage, and a well for fresh water (no showers though) and even kayak rentals on site? Do you need large campsites with a reasonable amount of privacy instead of setting up your tent on top of someone else's? Eklutna is the spot. It is technically located within the Municipality of Anchorage about 30 minutes from down town. There is no cell service out there, so you can say goodbye to the rest of the world on your way up the mountain road. In addition, there are forest service cabins for rent that are located down one of the major trails, for even more privacy, and a different kind of adventure. Just a mile from the campground is a cute little ice cream shop for a sweet treat on hot summer days.