Logo bar of the Alaska Public Lands Information Center which are located in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Tok and Ketchikan
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Where are those public campgrounds?

Find campgrounds near one of Alaska's four Public Lands Information Centers:

Anchorage Fairbanks Ketchikan Tok

A map of the Anchorage area with red stars showing where the campgrounds are located
A General Map of Eklutna Lake Campgrounds.

Campgrounds around Anchorage

Features: sites with picnic tables, two picnic shelters, fire pits, water, latrines, and ranger station plus an overflow camping area of 15 sites and a campground host.
Recreational Activities: trails for hiking, ATV use, bicycle and horses.
Number of sites: 45
Location: About 35 minutes north of Anchorage.
Fee: $10/night
Maximum Stay: 15 nights
Contact: Alaska State Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation at (907) 269-8400

Features: picnic tables, one picnic shelter, fire pits, water, latrines, flush toilets, dump station, overflow camping, campground host
Recreational Activities: fishing, whitewater rafting, and several hiking trails
Number of sites: 57
Location: 12 miles north of Anchorage and one mile south of the town of Eagle River
Fee: $15/night
Maximum Stay: 4 nights
For Reservations call (907) 694-7982.

A beautiful day at bird creek camping trail with tall green trees.
A trail at Bird Creek campgrounds.

Bird Creek Campground
Features: fire pits, water, latrines, campground host, and overflow sites.
Recreational Activities: fishing, walking, whale watching
Number of Sites: 28
Location: Southeast of Anchorage about 20 miles
Fee: $15/night
Maximum Stay: 7 nights
Contact: Alaska State Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation at (907) 269-8400.

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A map of public campgrounds near Fairbanks, Alaska.

Campgrounds around Fairbanks

The Birch Lake State Recreation Site features 17 long parking spaces for motorhomes and 3 short parking spaces for smaller self-contained vehicles or for vehicles engaged in tent camping. There are 5 tent camping sites and additional tables, fireplaces, and sitting benches for day use. There is a boat launch and courtesy dock with ADA Access, but no long term docking, approximate 20 minute time limit. The site also has a drinking water well, toilet, and caretaker/public use cabin. Camping is limited to 15 days with fees.  

The Harding Lake State Recreation Area, 45 miles south of Fairbanks on the Richardson Highway, has a total of 90 campsites available for $10 a night with a limit of 15 days. There are fire rings and picnic tables at each site. There are also numerous other picnic sites, two picnic shelters, and a dump station. There are many recreational activities such as baseball, volleyball, and horseshoes with equipment available at the ranger station, canoeing/boating, fishing, jet skiing, and hiking along nature trails.

The Salcha River State Recreation Site is at mile 323.3 on the Richardson Highway. This campground has six campsites at $10 a night for a maximum of 15 days. Facilities include water, toilets, and boat ramp. Fishing is a common recreational activity along the Salcha River.

In the Chena River State Recreation Area one can find the Red Squirrel Camping Ground at mile 43 of the Chena Hot Springs Road. At Red Squirrel there are 12 campsites available for $10 a night for a maximum of 15 days. Facilities include water, toilets, picnic sites, picnic shelter, and boat ramp. Recreational activities include boating, fishing, wildlife viewing, hiking, rock climbing, and four wheeling along a forest trail.

Also in the Chena Region is the Rosehip Campground at mile 27 of the Chena Hot Springs Road features 37 campgrounds at $10 a night with a maximum of 15 days. Facilities include water, toilets and boat ramp. Recreational activities include boating, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, and four wheeling along a forest trail.

Click on the numbers below to visit the corresponding campground's website.

What can I do in Chena River State Recreation Area?

Note: This Embedded video resides on the official Alaska State Parks YouTube channel

Campgrounds around Ketchikan

The Chilkoot Lake State Recreation Site is located 10 miles northeast of Haines, taking the Lutak and Chilkoot River Roads, or 5 miles past the ferry terminal. The park is at the south end of Chilkoot Lake, near the outlet of the Chilkoot River. This campground has 80 sites, a picnic shelter and boat launch, which are all located in a forested river valley that over look the river and lake.

Settler's Cove State Recreation Site located 18 miles north of Ketchikan on the Tongass Road. This is a small 14 site campground with a 7 night limit that contains picnic sites, picnic shelter, toilets, water, boat launch and cabins. Recreational activities include boating, fishing and hiking. What's more, the campground is surrounded by a temperate rainforest.

For more information on camping in Ketchikan go to

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A map detailing the major campgrounds in the Tok area.

Campgrounds around Tok

At the Tok River Recreation Site, there are 43 campsites, ten of which accommodate motorhomes up to 60 feet in length. The site is 4 and-a-half miles east of Tok at mile 1309, making it a popular destination with highway travelers just entering Alaska from Canada. The site's facilities include a picnic shelter, drinking water, a walking trail, telephone, and latrines. A group campfire area is also provided on the shore of the Tok River. Campers can also visit the Alaska Public Lands Information Center in Tok.

16 miles south of Tok is the Eagle Trail State Recreation Site, at mile 109.5 of the Tok Cut-Off Highway, putting it right in between Tok and Glenallen. This campground has 35 campsites, five of which will accommodate most motorhomes. Also provided are a picnic shelter, drinking water, and latrine plus a one mile nature trail or the 2.5 hiking trail with an overview of the Tok River Valley.

Near mile 1332 of the Alaska Highway, one will find the Moon Lake State Recreation Site. Located 15 miles northwest of Tok, Moon Lake is a popular destination for locals. Facilities include 15 campsites, a boat launch, a picnic area, a sandy beach, drinking water, and latrines. Water recreational opportunities include swimming, boating, and water skiing.

Each one of these sites costs $15 a night.

Arial view of a wildfire near the Anaktuvuk River Fire in 2007. Smoke billows from a vast, flat landscape. Did You Know?
Until the summer of 2007, the Inupiat Eskimo elders of Barrow had never heard thunder or seen lightning. The same thunderstorm they witnessed ignited the Anaktuvuk River fire, which burned 400 sq mi of tundra on the North Slope, the largest wildfire ever recorded on the Earth’s tundra.