Vicki S.
Anchorage, AK
Joined July 2017
Great view!

Small campground on the Kenai Peninsula. We've stayed here and at the nearby Granite Creek (one of my favorites) when we wanted a place to tent camp while we fished the Russian for salmon. You can fish both Bertha and Granite Creeks, but not for Salmon.

Sites are well-spaced and come with the standard Chugach National National Forest amenities: fire pit, picnic table, garbage, water pump, pit toilets. Unlike Granite Creek, you cannot reserve sites in advance, but this is a smaller and lesser known campground and often I have found a space here when others are full.

Be bear-safe and be sure to lock up all your food and toothpaste when away from your campsite.

Close to the Seaview, has a view

This campground is at the very end of the Hope road. It's often very busy on summer weekends when live bands play at the Seaview, but if you plan ahead enough you can often snag one of the reserved sites online. Strong recommend to end your day at the Seaview if there's music: live bands outdoors, great beer and food, friendliest folks around, all overlooking the Arm!

Standard Chugach National Forest campsite amenities apply: semi-secluded sites, fire pits, picnic tables. The view from some of the sites out over Turnagain Arm is amazing!

Convenient

We stayed at this campground for the Road Lottery in 2017 (if you don't know about the Denali Road Lottery, you should check it out). This campsite is probably the easiest to get to in all of Denali (just inside the park, near to the Parks Highway), has a post office, general store, showers and bathrooms, and good cell reception. The sites are somewhat separate from each other, it really varies from site to site, but there are something like 150 sites to chose from, so you should be able to find something you like. Tent areas are raised from the rest of the site, and each site has a campfire grate and picnic bench.

Be sure to be bear-safe with your food! Even as large as this campground is, we saw a HUGE bear walking down the road one morning just a few hundred yards further into the park than the campsite.

Great with the dogs!

Large campground north of Anchorage, Lake Eklutna is the Anchorage water supply. Glacier-fed, the water is COLD, but my dogs jumped right in anyway (it was the first weekend of the season and the ice had only broken up completely that morning!)

The sites are large and well-spaced, but not all quite as secluded as I'd like (we had little kids running through our campsite late one night, the dogs were not amused). Unlike some other campgrounds in the area, you are able to gather/chop dead fall wood for your campfire.

The hiking around the Lake is great. There are several trails of varying lengths depending on your preference. Kayaking on the Lake is great fun to

Good in a pinch

If you want to tent camp in Seward there are better choices than the city campground, but for a last-minute throw your gear in the car or on the train trip, this will do. The sites are first-come, first-serve, and on a busy weekend will fill up quickly. The sites are not separate from each other at all, which normally is a huge turn-off for me, but we happened to be camped next to some super-cool new friends.

The best part about this location is the proximity to the bars in Seward. Stumbling home to your tent after a night at the Yukon is infinitely preferable to driving to a further removed location.

The washroom has running water and clean toilets, and a slightly longer walk away are hot showers (for a fee). The tent camping is located right next to a great playground, so if you have younger kids this might be a good choice for you.

One of my favorites

This is one of my favorite campgrounds on the Kenai Peninsula. Close to Anchorage (c. 45 minutes) and well maintained, each site has a gravel parking pad, a campfire ring with metal grate, and a picnic table. The sites are large enough to pitch several tents on each, but separated from each other enough that you won't have to watch your neighbors brushing their teeth in the morning. Granite Creek runs along the east side of the campground, and there are some small fish (Dolly Varden, I believe) that you might catch if the conditions are right.

Only 30 minutes from Cooper Landing, Granite Creek is a great home base for some more serious salmon fishing along the Kenai or Russian Rivers.

Bring bug spray, keep all your food bear safe, enjoy!