Lakeside camping in Alaska

Pitch your tent or park your RV by one of Alaska’s 3 million lakes.

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12 top lakeside campgrounds in Alaska

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Valdez Adventure Alliance

27 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents10 acres · Valdez, AK
Once run by the state but is now managed by VAA. The beautiful Blueberry Lake campground on Thompson Pass has spectacular 360-degree mountain views. 20 sites are available on a paved loop road near the lake. Vault toilets and a water pump are available for use. Several sites work well as group camping sites. There are no RV hookups or pull-throughs. The McAllister cabin, at the mouth of Shoup Bay Marine State Park, is best accessed by kayak or boat. There is a narrow, tide dependent channel that leads to the inner lagoon where Moraine and Kittiwake cabins are located. Kayaks recommended for access.
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$27.50
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Talkeetna Lake Retreat

13 sites · Lodging, RVs15 acres · Talkeetna, AK
Escape the daily grind and indulge in a delightful retreat with us. Welcome to our evolving Alaskan campground and cabin rental – a work in progress that promises a unique experience. Situated on 15 acres, our property offers boat rentals and scenic cross-country walking paths. With 11 dry RV pads complemented by picnic tables, you can enjoy the outdoors in comfort. Additionally, there's a grocery store, Subway, ice cream parlor, and coffee shop within walking distance, ensuring convenience and variety during your stay. Discover more amenities that await you!
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Rustic Riverside Camp

4 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents4 acres · Pleasant Valley, AK
Welcome to our beautiful, private, rustic camp situated along the bank of the North Fork Chena River just 55 miles NE of Fairbanks lies the perfect camping experience just 2 miles from Chena Hot Springs Resort. We are located a 1/2mile off Chena Hot Springs Road, on the famous Yukon Quest Trail. Our camp is accessible to those exploring Alaska by vehicle, motorcycle, bike, truck camper, travel van or small RV. Come stay in one of our cute cabins, park or pitch your tent under the midnight sun – enjoy fishing, hiking, atving, berry picking, wildlife watching and more. We are a seasonal camp Open May 23, 2024 - August 16, 2024.
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Tent camping, kayaking, Alaskan fun

1 site · Tent5 acres · Big Lake, AK
This 5 acre parcel started off as raw land cover in downed spruce. The hosts have cleared and continue to clear, establishing easy to walk on trails to get from point a to point b so you can explore:) every year adding more edible vegetation with the hopes of a full blown food forest in the near future. Learn more about this land: Welcome to our Alaskan getaway! Come pitch a tent and enjoy the midnight sunsets and sunrises with a beautiful backdrop of the Alaskan sky. Our ideal location by the lake allows for swimming, kayaking and paddleboarding. We have seasonal gardens that you can pick fresh produce from - check with the host for seasonal vegetation. Feed the birds, get dirt under your fingernails, sleep in a tent, drive to the mountains (about an hour away!) and take a hike. . Enjoy Alaska, that's what this getaway is all about - we look forward to your stay! You cannot drive to the tent sites it’s park and walk but they aren’t far, 500ft at most. There’s no water on site but we can grab you a few gallons if you need. You will need to have contact with the host before coming as the neighborhood is gated!
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Nancy Lake State Recreation Area Hideaway

10 sites · Tents5 acres · Big Lake, AK
NOTE: The place is accessible only by walking and boat on the Red Shirt Lake, there are many tracks in the park, you can follow them to go there and hike through the forest.  Pitch your tent in this 5 acres piece of land located on the boundaries of the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area near Willow in Alaska. The land is located on the southern tip of "Our Lake", a small lake on the south eastern side of Red Shirt Lake. You will have a very quiet camping spot, located in front of the lake, with a creek nearby, and plenty of pikes to fish.
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Historic Wharfsite at Sunrise AK

10 sites · Tents10 acres · Sunrise, AK
Learn more about this land: Sixmile Creek empties into Turnagain Arm next to this picturesque area. River rafting and fishing is nearby as well as the goldrush town of Hope just eight miles away. High tides twice a day can turn this into an island if they are over 29 feet. This property is about a half mile walk down a gold-rush era road to the wharf site of the gold rush town of Sunrise City. The buildings and tents of the approximately 10,000 miners who lived in this area are long gone. But the scenic views, peacefulness and quiet of this rugged area of south central Alaska are not soon forgotten. There are no paved trails or boardwalks. No crowds or hot dog vendors. Imagine fishing without crowds--catching pink and silver salmon or trout with awesome views of the Chugach National Forest. Don't expect amenities. This is camping outdoors in Alaska. There is a communal firepit with a portable firepit and grill that can be moved to whereever you set up your tent. Usually your group will be alone on your adventure here. There is nothing like this location anywhere else along Turnagain Arm.
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$75
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Alaska interior

6 sites · RVs, Tents160 acres · Whitestone, AK
Learn more about this land:Wooded lots for rough camping Privacy easy to get in and out near the river and lakes for a good fishing boating canoeing kayaking mushroom hunting is our specialty
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Adventure Lodge at Caswell Lakes

4 sites · RVs, Tents1 acre · Talkeetna, AK
Quiet camping close to Parks Highway. Located off mile post 88 at Caswell Lakes/Sheep Creek. Perfect location- far enough away from the world but close to spectacular activities and sites. Just one hour and forty-five minutes north of Anchorage and thirty minutes south of world-famous Talkeetna. We offer RV and Tent camping. Choose a spot on level and compact gravel or plush grass(tents). We provide water to fill your rv tanks or water containers and electric. Gravel area can support up to 3 class B and smaller rv’s while grass area can support many tents. Plenty of parking. Great for large parties. We are still expanding and updating services. Amenities: Fire pit Pet friendly ATV friendly Picnic table 110v plug in Charcoal grill Folding chairs Fire extinguisher 30amp rv plug in Locking driveway gate Lots of free cut firewood Minutes to Montana creek freshwater fishing Close to several lakes for fishing and kayaking Close to several lakes for fishing and kayaking Minutes to Kashwitna Landing boat launch and fishing
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BRIDGE CABIN at Bear Creek Lodge

1 site · Lodging2 acres · Hope, AK
Welcome to The Bridge Cabin, a charming dry cabin nestled on two private acres in the historic town of Hope, Alaska. Part of the Bear Creek Lodge community, this cabin offers a serene and secluded retreat surrounded by natural beauty. The cabin itself is one of eight individual cabins within the Bear Creek Lodge property. It provides a cozy and rustic atmosphere, perfect for immersing yourself in the peaceful ambiance of the Alaskan wilderness. While the cabin does not have plumbing or electricity, there is convenient access to an old outhouse nearby. For added comfort and convenience, guests of The Bridge Cabin have access to modern indoor facilities located across Bear Creek at the main lodge. Here, you'll find shared showers, toilets, and sinks, ensuring that you can freshen up after a day of outdoor adventures. During your stay, be sure to explore the nearby amenities, including a coffee shop at the lodge and the Dirty Skillet evening dinner house. Whether you're seeking outdoor activities or simply want to relax and unwind in a tranquil setting, The Bridge Cabin offers the perfect retreat in scenic Hope, Alaska.
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$195
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Wildwood Cabin

3 sites · Lodging2 acres · Palmer, AK
Welcome to Wildwood! Discover rustic tranquility at our waterfront cabin. Enjoy private access to the lake & pond. Miles of trails mere steps away, offer limitless opportunity for land based recreational activities like ATV-ing. Room for extra tents, TT, or Campers. 15 mins from downtown Palmer, it's a serene escape w/ the comfort knowing modern conveniences are still nearby. Kayaks & paddleboards, life vests provided. Larger events, upon approval. Fees may apply over 4 people, dog friendly.
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Denali's Doorstep Dry Camping Cabin

1 site · Lodging1 acre · Cantwell, AK
Just 30 minutes away from the South Entrance to Denali National Park, this is one of the BEST private camping cabins on the Parks Highway! Strategically located on a secluded homestead from the 1960s, you'll be able to see Mount McKinley on a clear day! The nearby Summit Lake is perfect for fly fishing and local hiking trails are accessible right from the front door. We've got a couple kayaks for rent if you'd like to explore the local lake. Experience a TRUE Alaskan living experience in this DRY cabin with Modern touches. Since there's no interior running water or septic system, we encourage our guests to stop by the local gas station to pick up a couple gallons of water and some water bottles for drinking/washing hands. We do provide a camping toilet (5 gallon bucket with seat and trash bags) but you'll have to haul the bags out with you when you leave - along with your trash. Electricity is provided via a Generator that we provide - but you will need to refill the fuel you use at the local gas station. There is heat provided via a Fuel Oil stove. To save costs on cleaning fees - you'll be responsible to leave the cabin in as good - if not better condition than you find when you arrive. We practice the "Leave No Trace" principles. Since we don't have a local cleaning team in place, you'll also need to bring your own bedding (recommend a sleeping bag) and linens/towels etc. If you're flying in to Anchorage we recommend you stop in at the local Walmart and buy a cheap sleeping bag to carry with you on your journey throughout the state. It will be about the same cost as a typical cleaning fee. Trust us, the extra work to enjoy this cabin is worth it! It has the most INCREDIBLE scenery! Bring S'mores and some firewood for the fire pit and enjoy an Alaskan experience at Denali's Doorstep!
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$165
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Living Alaska

2 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · AK
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Lakeside camping in Alaska guide

Overview

With miles of glacier-fringed coastline, rambling fjords and rivers, and a staggering 3 million lakes—more than any other state—campers won't have to look far to find a lakeside pitch in Alaska. Cruise into Lake Clark National Park and Preserve to hike, fish, and paddle, before snagging one of the first-come, first-served campsites, or bring your boat or kayak to the primitive campgrounds at Kenai Lake in Chugach National Forest. Late May through September provides the best weather for lake camping in Alaska, and this is prime fishing season, too. Head to Wonder Lake within the Denali National Park & Preserve, Eklutna Lake at Chugach State Park, or Iliamna Lake, Alaska's largest lake, to catch your fill of trout, salmon, and halibut. In winter, check into a cozy cabin by Mendenhall Lake and enjoy glacier hikes, dog sled rides, and ice fishing in the Tongass National Forest.

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