Vanessa R.

Anchorage, AK

Joined September 2018

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.

Easy hike to a great waterfall close to Anchorage

This trail head and day use area is close to Anchorage for a quick hike to a descent size waterfall. Parking area maybe has 30 spots. $5 day use fee per vehicle. Pit toilets. Bring hand sanitizer! Dogs are welcome and can handle the trail, they just have to be on a leash and pick up their poo. Dog waste bags are not provided by the state park so bring your own. State Park posts bear sightings and safety info. Bring bear spray just in case.

Theres a hike to the platform to view the falls and then it branches off to another trail that takes you all the way down the to river and right up to the pool at the base of the falls. There’s not a ton of room at the pool so if there’s a ton of people hiking that day you might have to wait for people to leave the area to experience the waterfall up close.

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.

Not an overnight camping spot but amazing day trip!

This is not a campground right next to a glacier but a privately owned glacier tour business that charges for access to Matanuska Glacier. So it’s like fill out the forms and pay at the office then park your car at designated parking and walk out to the glacier.

Crampons are extremely recommended if you go out on the ice. You will fall without them. You can slide down the ice into a cravas and die. No joke! The guided tours they provide them to you. They do not rent them or sell them at the office. So buy or rent them before you go. REI in Anchorage rents crampons for the day. This whole adventure is at your own risk.

You have 2 options in the Summer a guided tour or just glacier access where you can hike all over it. When the summer access starts depends on the seasonal conditions. Memorial Day is too early to hike and climb all over it, things are still melting out and hazardous. June it gets better. Call ahead to see if summer access unguided is “open”. In the winter, only guided tours are offered. The pricing is a little hard to find on the website for all the options they offer. They do give a big resident discount. If you are an AK resident ask for the special pricing! They are pretty responsive via email but calling them is faster.

As for the experience? You cannot put into words how awesome it is to be hiking on a glacier in Alaska. Serious bragging rights earned on best vacation excursion or response to what did you do this weekend? It’s amazingly beautiful, iconic of Alaska, challenging, great workout, scenic, and you can have a picnic at the provided picnic tables right by the ice or just on the ice! Cheers!

There are forms and rules to follow and they are really no brainers. Pick up after yourself. No littering allowed and they mean it! You are hiking out on the ice at your own risk have fun but don’t be stupid, don’t be someone that ruins it for others, and above all don’t die.

Offers something for everyone on a scenic lake

Besides the beautiful scenic lake spot that offers fun on the lake during the day and star gazing at night it’s a well ran campground with amentities. Has lots of camping style options between RV hook up spaces and non hookup. Also has tent spots. Great restrooms and showers. Moms with babies and toddlers would appreciate the restrooms. Showers are their own private room with space and a changing table. Camping spots are roomy and come with a fire pit. Campfires are allowed. Generators in RVs have to be off at 10 pm. Pets are allowed but need to be on a leash. Grass area for kids playing or throwing the ball or frisbee. Horse shoe game area. Big lake side beach. You can set up badminton or beach volleyball. Cell service is spotty at the campsite but oddly great on the beach and at the Lake.

Lake offers boating, fishing, paddle boarding, kayaking, jet skiing, and swimming. Boat launch and fish cleaning are a good distance from camp sites. Has a cleaning station for watercraft for invasive species.

This campground has a lot to offer. Pack the sun screen and the life jackets and have fun!