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Public Campgrounds

There are public use campgrounds all over the state, from Ketchikan to Nome and everywhere in between. 

There is nothing like camping to get a fully immersive experience in the great outdoors. Whether you need ADA friendly campgrounds, boat launches, fishing docks, historical sites, or something more rustic, there is a campground to suit your need. [Note: this webpage is currently being updated to be more comprehensive]  

 

Campgrounds around Southcentral Alaska

Eklutna Lake Campground

  • 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: fishing, boating, trails for hiking, ATV use, bicycle and horses
  • Number of Sites: 50
  • Location: Mile 26.5 of the Glenn Highway, approximately 35 minutes north of Anchorage
  • Fee: $15 a night per site
  • Maximum Stay: 15 days
  • Contact: Alaska State Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation at (907) 269-8400

Eagle River Campground

  • Features: picnic tables, one picnic shelter, fire pits, water, latrines, flush toilets, dump station, overflow camping of 10 sites, and a 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: $25 a night per vehicle
  • Maximum Stay: 4 days
  • Contact: for reservations call (907) 694-7982

Bird Creek Campground

  • Features: fire pits, water, latrines, campground host, and overflow sites
  • Recreational Activities: fishing, hiking and whale watching
  • Number of Sites: 28 sites
  • Location: about 20 miles southeast of Anchorage
  • Fee: $20 per night per site
  • Maximum Stay: 7 days
  • Contact: Alaska State Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation at (907) 269-8400

Campgrounds around Interior Alaska

Harding Lake State Recreation Area

  • Features: fire rings and picnic tables at each campsite as well as numerous other picnic sites, two picnic shelters, and a dump station
  • Recreational Activities: baseball, volleyball, and horseshoes with equipment available at the ranger station as well as canoeing/boating, fishing, jet skiing, and hiking along nature trails
  • Number of Sites: 90 campsites available including five walk-in group campsites
  • Location: 45 miles south of Fairbanks
  • Fee: $15 a night per site
  • Maximum Stay: 15 days
  • Contact: Alaska State Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation at (907) 269-8400

Salcha River State Recreation Site

  • Features: water, toilets, and boat ramp
  • Recreational Activities: fishing along the Salcha River
  • Number of Sites: 6 campsites
  • Location: Mile 323 of the Richardson Highway
  • Fee: $15 a night per vehicle
  • Maximum Stay: 15 days
  • Contact: Alaska State Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation at (907) 269-8400

Rosehip Campground

  • Features: water, toilets and boat ramp
  • Recreational Activities: boating, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, and four wheeling along a forest trail
  • Number of Sites: 37 campsites
  • Location: Mile 27 of the Chena Hot Springs Road
  • Fee: $15 a night per site
  • Maximum Stay: 15 days
  • Contact: Alaska State Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation at (907) 269-8400

Eagle Trail State Recreation Site

  • Features: campground, boat launch, picnic shelter, water, latrines, phone, nature trail
  • Recreational Activities: mile-long nature trail and 2.5 mile hiking trail
  • Number of Sites: 35 campsites
  • Location: 16 miles south of Tok
  • Fee: $15 per night per site
  • Maximum Stay: 15 consecutive days
  • Contact: Alaska State Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation at (907) 269-8400

Moon Lake State Recreation Site

  • Features: campground, picnic area, boat launch, water, latrines, water, beach
  • Recreational Activities: swimming, boating, water skiing
  • Number of Sites: 15 campsites
  • Location: 15 miles northwest of Tok
  • Fee: $15 a night per site
  • Maximum Stay: 15 days
  • Contact: CWL enterprises (907) 883-3686

Campgrounds around Southeast Alaska

Chilkoot Lake State Recreation Site

  • Features: this 80 acre site has a campground, latrines, water, picnic shelter, and boat launch which are all located in a forested river valley overlooking the river and lake
  • Recreational Activities: boating, camping, fishing, wildlife viewing, and day use
  • Number of Sites: 32 campsites
  • Location: 10 miles northeast of Haines
  • Fee: $15 a night per site
  • Maximum Stay: 15 days
  • Contact: 907 465-4563

Settler's Cove State Recreation Site

  • Features: this 275 acre site 18 miles north of Ketchikan has a campground, a cabin, toilets, water, picnic shelters and trails
  • Recreational Activities: camping, fishing, hiking, and day use
  • Number of Sites: 14 campsites
  • Location: 18 miles north of Ketchikan
  • Fee: $15 a night per site
  • Maximum Stay: 7 days
  • Contact: Ranger Office 9883 N. Tongass Highway Park at mile marker 18, Ketchikan, AK (907) 247-8574

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