The best camping near Kenai Fjords National Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Kenai Fjords National Park adventure.

See dozens of glaciers amidst rugged sea and forest at this natural wonder.  

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Lazy J Ranch

7 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents40 acres · Homer, AK
My grandparents, Stany and Nelda Jones homestead here, my father was just a toddler when they moved here with his family from Texas. They homestead this area before there were roads, and could only travel to this location via the beach and climbing the bluff. My mothers family also Homestead on the Kenai, in Ninilchik, she was born and grew up there in the small river village. When her and my dad married they continued the Jones family tradition of ranching and farming. We decided to offer our family land and share its beauty with others. Your camping spaces are on a corner of the ranch property, near the shared gazebo fire pit. We hope you love it as much as we do!
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Seaside Farm

16 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents30 acres · Homer, AK
Seaside Farm is a 30 acre, magical, park like farm on the shores of Kachemak Bay, just outside of Homer. A song bird sanctuary, with trails, lawns, gardens, trees, hay fields, and a private beach, cabins, a clover camping meadow, and It is part of an original Alaska pioneer homestead from the 1940's. Although its an organic farm, with its hay fields, pastures and raspberry patch. its primarily the home of hundreds of songbirds, mama moose and her baby, coyotes, flocks of sandhill cranes, two sweet Morgan Horses, an assortment of chickens and two happy cows. I love sharing my farm with travelers, visitors and folks seeking peace, who love nature and outdoor living, and who enjoy getting close to nature, in a real Alaska, original, non touristy setting. This property has three different types accommodations: Rustic, cozy cabins (no indoor running water), a big field for tent campers only, and a few spaces reserved for 4 wheel drive vans , and similar small vehicle camping, including rooftop tents and occasionally a small pop up trailer. There is limited parking and turnaround space, and we like our farm peaceful and not too crowded to provide a special rural experience to all who visit this magical farm There are four cabins sprinkled throughout the property. Two are off grid, close to the beach, private and magical, with wood stoves. All cabins are able to use the main farm lodge amenities, just a few minutes walk away and have their own outhouse.. You can walk on the beach from here, there is a covered camping pavilion available to all guests, a campfire spot and bbq grill, lovely walking trails and meadows, lots of wildlife, and even wifi!
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Bear Necessities Cottages Campground

9 sites · Lodging, Tents10 acres · Seward, AK
Come and experience the tranquility of our cottages nestled in the trees in beautiful Seward, Alaska. Whether you're looking for a weekend getaway or a longer retreat, our cozy cottages provide the perfect escape. Immerse yourself in the peaceful surroundings. Right away you are surrounded by nature and wildlife. Explore the nearby hiking trails, go fishing or kayaking in the crystal-clear rivers, take one of our many site-viewing and animal viewing cruises or simply relax in your private cottage and soak in the Alaskan nature. At Bear Necessities Cottages, we pride ourselves on providing a comfortable and memorable stay for all of our guests. We are family owned and operated and dedicated to ensuring that your visit is everything you imagined and more. We live on site so you always have someone close by.
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The best camping near Kenai Fjords National Park guide

Overview

About

Set between Kachemak Bay State Park and the town of Seward, this massive national park protects the Harding Icefield and the wilderness around it. The only established campground in the park is in the Exit Glacier Area, which has 12 walk-in sites—two of which (sites #1 and #12) are ADA-accessible—free of charge, along with vault toilets, a pump with potable water, and a cooking area with bear-safe food storage. Backpacking is also an option, but even experienced backpackers will find this park a major challenge, so it’s wise to go with a professional guide.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Sites at Exit Glacier are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and are usually full by early evening in the July and August peak season. It’s wise to come early in the day and mid-week, to increase your odds of nabbing one of the coveted spots.
  2. There are also a couple of cabins available in the summer months (through recreation.gov) and a winter cabin that can be reserved by calling the park directly.
  3. If you can't secure a campsite at Exit Glacier, you may have better luck in the nearby Chugach National Forest or at one of the campgrounds managed by the Seward Parks and Recreation Department.

When to go

Kenai Fjords is beautiful year-round, but if you’re coming to camp, July and August are the best (albeit busiest) months. The Exit Glacier area is usually blocked to vehicular traffic from late October until sometime in the spring due to snow, but you can still drive as far as you can and then go the rest of the way by snowmobile, fat bike, dogsled, or snowshoeing.

Know before you go

  • Cooking and storing food at individual campsites is prohibited.
  • Kayaking and beach camping is popular in the park, and permits are not required, except for on beaches owned by Port Graham Village Corporation.
  • Abandoned mines sit within the park, some of which could contain explosives, unsafe chemicals, or other hazards. Be mindful and avoid investigating any old structures you come across.
  • Winter shuttles, boat tours, dog sled tours, and guided ice-climbing expeditions are available in the winter months.

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