Alaska RV Camping
RV Camping at Seward Alaska
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 an RV camping trip to Alaska.
Alaska Private RV Parks and Campgrounds
- Alaska Private RV Parks – Research tools for finding privately owned RV parks and campgrounds.
Federal RV Camping Information
- National Park Service – NPS information about National Parks and other NPS administered lands in Alaska. There are some great RV camping opportunities available in Alaska.
- US Forest Service – Alaska – USFS information about National Forests in Alaska. Dispersed RV camping (boondocking) is permitted on lands managed by the USFS.
- BLM (Bureau of Land Management – Much of Alaska is managed by the BLM and there are some great RV camping facilities available as well as remote location camping for the adventurous RVer.
- US Fish and Wildlife Service – FWS information about National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska. Some wildlife areas permit RV camping. Check refuge regulations about RV camping restrictions.
- US Army Corps of Engineers – USACE/COE information about USACE/COE’s only Alaska water project. RV camping is encouraged with a water recreation backdrop.
State RV Camping Information
- Travel Alaska – Official Alaska state tourism website. Where to go, and what to do in Alaska. Includes RV camping locations and has the most current travel information available.
- Alaska State Parks – Information about RV camping and campgrounds in Alaska. Not all parks are RV accessible.
- Department of Fish and Game – Information about Alaska state wildlife areas and RV camping opportunities.
- Camping Reservations – Have your campsite waiting for you when you arrive. Federal campsite reservations.
RV Dump Stations In Alaska
Recommended Alaska RV Camping Resources
Sometimes it’s nice to have a hard copy of available information to take along on your RV camping trips. Here are our recommendations for Alaska…
Free RV Camping In 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 have 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.
Alaska Public RV Camping
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 at BLM’s Taylor Highway campgrounds.
Located west of Cooper Landing, and adjacent to the Kenai River and Cooper Creek, the USFS Quartz 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 are available with hookups.