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Tent camping, kayaking, Alaskan fun

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· Big Lake, Matanuska-Susitna, Alaska
5 acres hosted by Amelya R.
1 tent site
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Best in Alaska: Finalist
Named one of the best Hipcamps to visit in 2023.
All to yourself
100% of recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp felt private.
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!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 paddle boarding. 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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Big Lake, Matanuska-Susitna, Alaska, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Dena’ina Ełnena and Dënéndeh First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Amelya R.Joined in March 2021
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7 ratings · 6 reviews
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Just Another V.recommends
August 24, 2023
Tent camping, kayaking, Alaskan fun
A true Alaskan experience
We had the most amazing couple days on Wyatt and Amelya's homestead! They were amazing at communicating with us, and even sent over a couple videos showing the ins and outs of the property since they weren't able to meet us when we arrived. We were able to park and sleep in our van, but the property has so much to offer you will never want to leave! The tent spot looks like its out of a fairy tale, nestled amongst mushrooms in a grove of cottonwoods, with a pit toilet conveniently located in a private little alcove nearby. We picked cranberries along the bog path, did a quick workout in their outdoor gym, marveled at their rich garden, played with their kittens (Granola almost became a van kitty!), paddled on their private lake, and cooked dinner on the fire overlooking the Alaskan sunset!
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Hannah S.recommends
August 22, 2022
Tent camping, kayaking, Alaskan fun
The Four Seasons of Remote Camping
Honored I got a chance to stay with Amelia & her wonderful family on their land near Big Lake. If you're a regular camper you'll appreciate the stunning beauty, remote location and diverse flora & fauna of the site. On 5 acres Amelia & Wyatt live in a converted school bus at the front of the property with their two extremely sweet and respectful sons. They've built from scratch a series of trails, covered areas, a fire pit, organic garden, outdoor composting toilet and boat dock. The campsite is towards the lake and right next to the toilet which is extremely clean, well maintained and peaceful. Walking toward the lake the landscape changes from forest to bog and you emerge on a private lake dock with kayaks, safety gear and flippers to use at your leisure. My friend and I soaped up and took a refreshing dip in the lake since it is a dry property with no shower. We saw loons, muskrat, Sandhill cranes and birds of prey flying overheard. They get frequent moose but have never seen a bear; their neighbor has only seen a black bear once 14 years ago. To get to the property you must drive up a dirt road with hilly parts so make sure to bring an all weather vehicle. Amelia & Wyatt went above and beyond to make us comfortable in so many ways like rigging a tarp over our tent, bringing us hot homemade soup and building a roaring fire every night. Ask them for area activity recs and off grid living advice, or just hang out and chat by the fire with these lovely Alaskan folks!
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Savana C.recommends
July 28, 2022
Tent camping, kayaking, Alaskan fun
Amazingly beautiful and rustic!
We would ABSOLUTELY recommend going to this site. Amelia and her husband were so very helpful and nice, they helped us with moving all of our items to the campsite and pointed out all the edible berries and gave us a complete walkthrough of the area, and made us feel very welcomed and safe. The land is beautiful and peaceful and was so quiet and nice. The area for burning wood was perfect and we were able to cook our hotdogs with no issue. The bathroom they provide was also very clean and sanitary and they provided clean drinking water. The lake is amazing and they also provided life jackets and kayaks for us to use which were great. The only downside to the whole experience was that our son got ill and we had to leave early. We wanted to stay a few more days but because our 14-month-old son had gotten ill we had to leave which made us very sad because we didn't want to leave this beautiful place. Amelia and her husband were wonderful people and made us feel so very welcomed and we appreciated that so very much. Even when we left early we were totally fine with paying the full fee and we had no intentions of asking for reimbursement but Amelia did do so. Even though we didn't stay the entire time we totally would have been ok with her keeping the fee because it was very much worth it even for the time we were there. We definitely plan on going back and we for sure recommend anybody wanting to camp in a beautiful, rustic, peaceful, and quiet area to go to this spot!
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Megan L.recommends
June 19, 2022
Tent camping, kayaking, Alaskan fun
Amelia was the most hospitable host. The family is kind and generous. We truly felt at home here
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Benjamin C.recommends
September 7, 2021
Tent camping, kayaking, Alaskan fun
Beautiful Homestead -Perf For Camp
Beautifully positioned homestead in the making - was truly wonderful to get a peak into the lives of those devoted to natural living. The lake is quiet and perfect for a swim, kayaking or fishing. The campsite was perfect, easy to pitch a tent and start a fire. Plenty of space for my hammock. Amelia and family were great - I greatly enjoyed my several conversations. They were kind and friendly, but gave space to chill. Hope to come back next year and check in on the progress!
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Brian Paul P.recommends
August 13, 2021
Tent camping, kayaking, Alaskan fun
Awesome Place To Stay
We camped with Amelia and her family on our way to Fairbanks. It was superb. Their hospitality was genuine. They have really created an awesome space in the wilderness. Do yourself a favor and book a stay!
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