The best camping near Shoup Bay State Marine Park

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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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The Raven's Den of the Chugach

1 site · RV, Tent3 acres · Tonsina, AK
As a Heli-Ski Guide in the Chugach, I found my slice of Heaven.  I am excited to share it with you! Learn more about this land:Stunningly beautiful location in the heart of the Chugach Mountains ~45 miles east of Valdez, Alaska. Snow capped and glaciated mountains with active waterfalls surround this quaint valley known as the "Serendipity Homestead." Google search Mt. Billy Mitchell, Alaska, and you'll see what your campsite view will be, as this location is literally at the base of this gorgeous mountain. 2 rivers, the Tsina and Tiekel, and Stewart Creek (All glacially fed...) converge in this valley. Listen to the waterfalls cascading from the Mt. Billy Mitchell Glacier, or rapids of the 3 waterways, as you doze off to sleep. Thanks, Host, Robb Maris
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The best camping near Shoup Bay State Marine Park guide



Five miles southwest of the Port of Valdez, you’ll stumble upon Shoup Bay State Marine Park. And, you can quite literally stumble here—it’s the only state marine park in Prince William Sound that can be accessed on foot. The anchorage in the bay isn’t the best, so entering on your own two feet isn’t a bad idea (small boats will be fine in the lagoon, but it can only be reached during high tide). Just look out for icebergs! The bay is well-known for a 150-foot tidal wave, and legend has it that it swelled in and out of the bay three times during the 1964 earthquake, which altered the bay’s landscape dramatically. Three public use cabins are available for rent, and you can also stargaze with all of your BFFs at the campsites along the eastern end of the lagoon, and a the base of the split at the eastern edge of the bay’s mouth. They’re all big enough to accommodate groups!

When to go

The ideal time to visit Shoup Bay State Marine Park is during the summer months, from June to August, when the weather is most favorable for outdoor activities. Conversely, winter can be harsh, with limited access and services, making it less suitable for visits.

Know before you go

  • Check weather conditions and park advisories before your trip to ensure a safe experience.
  • Be prepared for wildlife encounters by understanding safety protocols.
  • Access to certain areas may be seasonal, so verify open trails and facilities ahead of time.
  • Remember to pack out all trash and leave no trace to preserve the park's natural beauty.
  • For any inquiries or assistance, contact the park's information center during business hours, 8:30am to 5pm.

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