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Camping in Chugach State Park

There are three campgrounds in Chugach State Park, offering experiences ranging from fishing, hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, wildlife viewing, and spectacular sunsets. Two are north of Anchorage - at Eklutna Lake and Eagle River - and the third south of Anchorage at Bird Creek.

All have wooded sites with fire rings and picnic tables, water and latrines. Campground hosts offer assistance and answer questions about the area.  Firewood may not be available please plan on bringing your own wood or purchase ahead of time.



Eklutna Lake Campground

Description: 50 sites with picnic tables, 1 picnic shelters, fire pits, water, latrines, 8 overflow camping sites. Campground Host.
Recreation: Trails for hiking, ATV use (sun-wed), bicycle and horses. Boating and fishing.
Fee: $10/night.
Stay Limit: 15 nights.
Location: 45 minutes north of Anchorage.
To Find It: From Glenn Highway, take Eklutna Exit at Mile 26. Turn toward mountains and follow park signs 10 miles up Eklutna Lake road to Eklutna campground and lake.



Eagle River Campground

Description: 57 sites with picnic tables, 1 picnic shelter, fire pits, water, latrines, and dump station. Overflow camping area of 10 sites. Campground Host.
Recreation: Fishing,  Short hiking trails.
Fee: $15/night.
Stay Limit: 4 nights.
Location: 12 miles north of Anchorage, 1 mile south of town of Eagle River.
To Find It: From Glenn Highway, take Hiland Road Exit (Mile 12). Follow park signs onto frontage road to river and campground.
Special Note: Eagle River campground is run by a park concessionaire. One-half of the campsites are available by reservation – visit Lifetime Adventures for information.



Bird Creek Campground

Description: 24 sites with picnic tables, fire pits, water, latrines. Campground Host.
Recreation: Fishing, biking, and walking.
Fee: $15/night.
Stay Limit: 7 nights.
Location: Southeast of Anchorage about 20 miles (Mile 101 Seward Highway).
To find it: On Seward Hwy., at mile 101, entrance is across from Gas Station.




Bird Creek Campground (RV Overflow)

Bird Creek Overflow provides a different experience than Bird Campground.
Description: Sites are all contained in a large paved parking lot with compact spacing. Perfect for dry RV camping. 30 sites with picnic tables and fire pits. Water, latrines. Campground Host.
Recreation: Fishing, biking, and walking.
Fee: $15/night.
Stay Limit: 7 nights.
Location: Southeast of Anchorage about 20 miles (Mile 101.2 Seward Highway).
To find it: On Seward Hwy., just east of Bird Creek Bridge, at mile 101.2



Back Country Campsites:

Camping is permitted throughout the state park proved you are following a few simple regulations. First, if you are in a developed campground you must camp in a designated space. If not, you must be at least one half mile from a road. (11 AAC 12.230a) One area of the park that has specific rules is Eklutna Lake. You must not camp within the first three miles or within 300 feet of the Eklutna Lakeside Trail. (11 AAC 20.055) Also, you may not camp within 300 feet of a Public Use Cabin. (11 AAC 12.230m)

Visitors can set up a base camp to explore the area for up to 10 days in a row. Then you must move to a new location. (11 AAC 12.230l)

Fires are only permitted on gravel bars below timberline in the following drainages: Eklutna, Peters Creek, Eagle River (excluding the south fork and meadow creek) and Bird Creek. (11 AAC 12.20.035) Remember only dead and down wood may be gathered for fires within the state park. When in doubt bring your own wood! (11 AAC 12.170c) Fires are permitted in portable camp stoves and confined structures provided by the park. (11 AAC 12.180)

Practice Leave no Trace philosophies. PACK OUT WHAT YOU PACK IN. This includes trash and human waste where facilities are not provided.

Chugach State Park has several designated primitive backcountry campsites that are set up for first come use.



Bold Airstrip

Description: 2 primitive backcountry campsites with picnic tables, fire pits, and latrine.
Recreation: Biking, hiking, ATV (sun-wed)
Fee: There are no additional backcountry camping fees. Parking fees apply.
Stay Limit: 10 nights
Location: South end of Eklutna Lake. Adjacent to Bold Airstrip
To find it: Park at Day use area at Eklutna Lake. Travel by foot, bike, or ATV (sun-wed) to Mile 8 of Eklutna Lakeside trail. Or land your plane at Bold Airstrip.

Eklutna Brochure



Eklutna Alex:

Description: 6 primitive backcountry campsites with picnic tables, fire pits, and latrine.
Recreation: Biking, hiking, ATV (sun-wed)
Fee: There are no additional backcountry camping fees. Parking fees apply.
Stay Limit: 10 nights
Location: Mile 8.5 Eklutna Lakeside Trail.
To find it: Park at Day use area at Eklutna Lake. Travel by foot, bike, or ATV (sun-wed) to Mile 8.5 of Eklutna Lakeside trail.

Eklutna Brochure



Kanchee:

Description: 1 primitive backcountry campsite with picnic table, fire pit, and latrine.
Recreation: Biking, hiking, ATV (sun-wed)
Fee: There are no additional backcountry camping fees. Parking fees apply.
Stay Limit: 10 nights
Location: Mile 9.5 Eklutna Lakeside Trail
To find it: Park at Day use area at Eklutna Lake.  Travel by foot, bike, or ATV (sun-wed) to Mile 9.5 of Eklutna Lakeside trail.

Eklutna Brochure



Crow Pass Trail campsites:

Description: Several primitive backcountry sites are available for use on the Crow Pass Trail. Only fire pits are provided.
Recreation: Hiking only, non-motorized trail.
Fee: There are no additional backcountry camping fees. Parking fees apply.
Stay Limit: 10 nights
Locations: Echo Bend, Heritage Falls, Twin Falls, Thunder Gorge, and Ford Site.
To find it: Hike from either the Eagle River Nature Center or U.S. Forest Service Crow pass Trailhead. Crow Pass trail is approximately 23 miles in length. All other primitive sites along trail do not have legal fire pits.
Crow Pass Trail Brochure



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