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The best camping near South Esther Island State Marine Park

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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
 / night

Kayak In, Backcountry Yurt Camp

1 site · Lodging2 acres · Crown Point, AK
We offer overnight stays in an Alaskan made backcountry yurt located on stunning Grant Lake, a 1 mile kayak and 1 mile hike from Moose Pass, Alaska. Moose Pass is an hour and a half South of Anchorage, just 30 miles from Seward and Kenai Fjords National Park. Access to the yurt requires boating to the trailhead. It's not for everyone, as it does require basic backcounty knowledge, preparedness for potential wildlife encounters and an ability to kayak and pack your own equipment in and out of the area. However, if you're comfortable with that, we are able to provide certain gear if you just aren't travelling with your personal equipment. Once at camp, our overnight yurt guests have included access to our kayaks for paddling around Grant Lake from the designated time of Check-In until the time of Check-Out each day. The yurt sleeps up to five guests in one double and three twin beds. There is a coleman stove up at camp with some basic pots and pans, a cast iron woodstove and a nice handmade spruce table for a good game of cards or some board games.
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$133
 / night

The best camping near South Esther Island State Marine Park guide

Overview

About

South Esther Island State Marine Park is perfect for fishing enthusiasts and explorers of all kinds! The park is on the southern end of Esther Island and includes Lake Bay, home to one of the world’s largest fish hatcheries. This is a great park for fishing, but be careful not to disturb the operations at Wally H. Noerenberg Fish Hatchery. You might spot some black bear here during the height of the fish run. The park also includes the pristine and undisturbed Quillian Bay. Hike along the eastern edge of the lagoon and through a low, forested pass to scenic Esther Lake. It’s too wet and uneven to camp at the lake, but really beautiful. There are incredible scenic views from Esther Falls Overlook, and it’s easily accessible. Bring your camera and make us jealous with your best photos.

When to go

The ideal time to visit South Esther Island State Marine Park is during the summer months, from June to August, when the weather is most favorable for outdoor activities. Winter can be harsh, with limited access and services, so it's best to avoid planning a trip from November to March.

Know before you go

  • Check weather conditions before your visit, as the park's weather can be unpredictable.
  • Be aware of wildlife in the area; maintain a safe distance at all times.
  • Ensure you have the necessary permits for any specific activities within the park.
  • Remember to pack out all trash and leave no trace to preserve the park's natural beauty.
  • Accessibility may vary across different areas of the park, so plan accordingly.

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