Camping in Alaska


Camping is always a good way to see the beautiful outdoors and enjoy the wildlife. Chugach State Park is the first park that I read about, it is located in south central Alaska and it approximately a half million acres. South Central Alaska contains extensive ocean shoreline, abundant lakes, massive glaciers and ice fields. The park is located 7 miles east of downtown Anchorage and its western boundary lies in the western foothills of the Chugach Mountain Range. Chugach is the name of the indigenous people that used to inhabit the upper Cook Inlet.

Now there are many parks located in interior Alaska. A few of them caught my eye as I was reading about them. Tok Alaska looks beautiful; it is located near the upper Tanana River Valley, near the foot hills at the end of the Alaska Range. Tok is near historic gold mines, wildlife, woodlands and wide interior Alaskan rivers. The Tok area allows visitors entering Alaska via the Alaskan Highway their first opportunity to explore the Alaska Range. There are three recreation areas in Tok that will allow visitors to explore the area and enjoy the Alaskan wildlife.

Eagle Trail State Recreation Site is located 16 miles south of Tok and is frequented by campers traveling between Tok and Glennallen. While at Eagle trail there are a few historical places that you should check out. The Valdez-Eagle Trail, the Old Slana Highway, and the Washington-Alaska Military Cable and Telephone System (WAMCATS) are great historical places to see. Moon Lake State Recreation Site located 15 miles northwest of Tok and is a popular destination for local residents. Moon Lake has a few campsites to enjoy the lake and all it has to offer. You may even luck out see a few bush pilots land on the lake. Tok River State Recreation Site is very popular with travelers and is located 4.5 miles east of Tok. There are 43 campsites and group campfire area is provided on the sandy beach of the Tok River. This park is situated on the east bank of the Tok River and allows for boating and floating on the river.

The Upper Chatanika State Recreation Site is a 73 acre park that is located at mile 39 on Streese Highway. This recreation area is popular with travelers and campers from Fairbanks. Then there is The Lower Chatanika State Recreation Area is approximately 400 acres and is located near mile 10.5 on the Elliot Highway. It is also a 10 mile canoe trip from Upper Chatanika. The Lower Chatanika offers a variety of things to do all year round. Such as opportunities including: Camping, Fishing, Picnicking, Hiking, Berry Picking, Boating/Floating, ATV/Snow machining, Ice Fishing, Dog Sledding, Night Sky Viewing, and Cross Country skiing to name a few.

Now I have only gone over a few places to camp. I will keep checking out Alaska and write about a few more places. These few that I have mentioned will be the first place I check out when I get to Alaska.