There are three campgrounds in Chugach State Park, offering experiences ranging from fishing, hiking, 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 is often available near the host's site for a small fee. Campsites for organized groups are available by reservation at Eklutna Lake Group Use Site.
Note: The campground letters correspond to the letters in black circles on the park map. Click here to access the park map.
Description: 45 sites with picnic tables, 2 picnic shelters, fire pits, water, latrines, and ranger station. Overflow camping area of 15 sites. Campground Host.
Recreation: Trails for hiking, ATV use, bicycle and horses. Boating and fishing.
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 on gravel road to Eklutna Lake and campground.
Description: 57 sites with picnic tables, 1 picnic shelter, fire pits, water, latrines, flush toilets and dump station. Overflow camping area of 10 sites. Campground Host.
Recreation: Fishing, whitewater rafting. Short hiking trails.
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: One-half of the campsites are available by reservation - call (907) 694-7982. Reservations can be made year round and up to one year in advance. However, the campground itself is usually only open from May through September, depending on the weather. This campground is operated by Lifetime Adventures under a commercial permit and is the only campground in the state park system to take reservations.
(Bird Creek will remain closed for the summer of 2013. Construction will be occurring throughout the summer and we look forward to opening in 2014. Bird Overflow will be OPEN! Thank you for your patience. )
Description: 28 sites with picnic tables, fire pits, water, latrines. Campground Host. Overflow camping area.
Recreation: Fishing, walking, sunsets and whale watching.
Stay Limit: 7 nights.
Location: Southeast of Anchorage about 20 miles (Mile 101 Seward Highway).
To find it: On Seward Hwy., just east of Bird Creek Bridge, at mile 101.
There is one group use site at Eklutna Lake for either day or overnight use. Fee is variable and reservations required. For more information, call 345-5014.
There are day use sites next to Eklutna Lake and Eagle River Campgrounds described above. There is also the McHugh Creek Picnic Site along Turnagain Arm at Mile 112 of the Seward Highway, south of Anchorage. All three have a parking fee of $5 per day. An annual day use pass is available for $40.
There is one public use rental cabin at Eklutna Lake. The Eagle River Nature Center has a cabin and a yurt for rent. Cabins and yurt in both areas have a fee and reservations are required.
Click here for more information on the Chugach cabins.
Click here for information on how to reserve a cabin.
An RV dump station is available at the Eagle River Campground. The fee for use is $5. Persons using the campground are entitled to one free use of the dump station during their visit. See the campground host for assistance.
There are trailheads throughout the park. Click here to see the information on trails and trailheads. Also see the brochures on areas within the park for more trail information - Eklutna, Hillside, Crow Pass and Turnagain Arm.
There are several viewpoints along the Seward Highway, overlooking Turnagain Arm. One of the most visited is Beluga Point, Mile 110.5, named for the Beluga whales that frequent the Arm. Another popular viewpoint along the Seward Highway is Windy Corner at Mile 106. It has no facilities accept parking, but Dall sheep just up the hill are worth the stop.
On the Hillside, at Glen Alps Trailhead, is the Anchorage Overlook Viewpoint. A short quarter mile walk takes you to a spectacular view of Anchorage, Cook Inlet, and the Alaska Range.
The Eagle River Nature Center is just 45 minutes north of Anchorage at the end of Eagle River Road. Nestled among 7,000 foot peaks, towering waterfalls and forests of birch and white spruce trees in Upper Eagle River Valley, the Center offers a hosts of nature-oriented activities:
Also available is a nature gift shop, rest rooms, snacks, and beverages. There is one public use cabin and two public use yurts available for backcountry overnight stays. Rentals are made at the Nature Center by calling (907) 694-2108. There is a parking fee of $5 per day, or with the purchase of a $35 annual membership comes a parking pass, good for one year from date of purchase. The Alaska State Park day use parking pass is not valid at the Nature Center. The Center is operated by a non-profit organization in cooperation with Alaska State Parks. For more information you can visit the Eagle River Nature Center website at www.ernc.org or browse the Eagle River Nature Center Brochure.