Alaska has a wide variety of RV camping locations with spectacular scenery, solitude, and interesting history. Public lands and private RV parks and campgrounds offer a wide range of camping facilities from full service RV hookup campsites to remote primitive camping (boondocking) locations throughout Alaska.
Read about our Alaska RV camping trip and traveling on the Alaska Highway from Washington, through British Columbia and the Yukon Territories. This multi-part travelog includes information about free campsite locations along the road, and other information useful to those considering a RV camping trip to Alaska.
Public Land offers many free RV dispersed camping opportunities. You can get free RV camping location tips from the USFS (USDA Forest Service) Ranger Districts. US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) also has some free RV camping facilities. Boondocking and Dispersed Camping has more information about how to find the best RV camping sites on public lands.
The following are just a few examples of free RV camping locations available throughout Alaska.
Two free campgrounds operated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service are available for RV camping along the Alaska Highway near the Canadian border. The Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge offers Deadman Lake and Lakeview Campgrounds. Located at mileposts 1249.3, and 1256.7 of the Alaska Highway, these campgrounds make for a great stopping point along the Alaska Highway.
Free RV camping is available northwest of Paxson at BLM's Tangle Lakes Campground located on the Denali Highway. The campground is located at milepost 21.5 of the Denali Highway and has pit toilets, boat launch, and water. There are 25 campsites.
30 free campsites are available at BLM's Galbraith Lake Recreation Site located on the Dalton Highway. The campground is located at milepost 275.
RV camping is allowed in Alaska state parks and USACE (US Army Corp of Engineers) campground facilities throughout the state. USDA Forest Service areas also offer developed campgrounds suitable for RV camping. USFS campgrounds are usually primitive with only vault toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings. Water and trash are sometimes provided.
The following are a few examples of the great RV camping locations found in Alaska.
Chicken was named according to legend, because the settlers couldn't spell Ptarmigan. You will find great RV camping on at BLM's Taylor Highway Campgrounds. Three campgrounds offer basic camping facilities such as pit toilets, trash, fire rings, and tables.
Located west of Cooper Landing, and adjacent to the Kenai River and Cooper Creek, the USFS Cooper Creek Campground offers campsites in the trees with great salmon fishing right next door. RV camping reservations are recommended, and there is a 14 day stay limit. Water, trash, fire pits, and toilets are available. Located at milepost 50.7 of the Sterling Highway.
Denali National Park offers RV camping in several campgrounds. This is a very popular area during peak summer months, so making reservations well in advance will help ensure those on a schedule will have the camping location they desire. Denali is not to be missed, and the RV camping opportunities are outstanding.
Harding Lake Recreation Area offers almost 90 campsites, some suitable for large RVs and trailers. Located 45 miles southeast of Fairbanks on the Richardson Highway, the recreation area offers fishing, boating, horseshoes, baseball diamond, hiking and RV camping. Some sites are set up for group camping.
Waterfront City Park offers RV camping along the bay. Fire pits, water, and trash cans are available nearby, and the park is within walking distance of downtown shopping and restaurants. there is room for any size RV, and even during busy summer months you should have no trouble finding a good RV camping site. Some campsites available with hookups.
There are many RV rental outlets in Alaska. The following are just a few of the possibilities we're aware of.
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USFS (US Forest Service) - Describes USFS policies and rules about RV camping. Information about dispersed camping, and tips on how to find great free RV camping sites.
NPS (National Park Service) - General information about RV camping and campgrounds in US National Parks. With campgrounds in the most historic and scenic places in the country, the NPS offers some of the best places for RV camping.
USACE/COE (US Army Corp of Engineers) - USACE (perhaps better know as COE) manages water recreation areas throughout the USA. Information about finding USACE lakes, RV camping possibilities, and rules and policies for use of these water based recreation areas is included.
BLM (Bureau of Land Management) is the largest public lands manager in Alaska, and there are many great RV camping opportunities throught the state. Free dispersed RV camping (boondocking), free developed campgrounds, and low cost campgrounds are located in beautiful areas of Alaska.
Here's a list of places to consider when looking for a free overnight RV camping or parking location in Alaska. We always recommend asking for overnight RV parking permission when looking for a free spot to spend the night. The smaller your RV, the better chances you will have finding places to stay if you choose not to ask permission. If you don't ask permission, you end up "sneaking" into places and hoping nobody bothers you or issues you a trespassing ticket before you move on.
Be smart and Be Safe...Ask Permission.
As you can see, there are a lot of free RV camping and parking possibilities in Alaska. If you are not asking permission, it's best to keep a very low profile. If your RV has slide outs, jacks and TV antennas, don't use them so as not to draw attention to yourself. Consider your surroundings carefully and if you feel uncomfortable with the area, move somewhere else.