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Camping: Getting back to nature

Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2003

For outdoors enthusiasts who enjoy camping, the Kenai Peninsula is the place to be. The peninsula is host to a full range of camping amenities, from RV parks to cabins to wilderness campsites.

Remember that with public and private campground filling rapidly, especially during the July peak fishing season, reservations are necessary.

For those interested in comfort camping, RV parking ranges from basic lots to sites with electric, water and waste hookups.

For those looking to see a bit more of the outdoors, salmon and trout fishing are available at many campgrounds, including sites along the Kenai, Russian, Ninilchik and Anchor rivers.

Kachemak Bay State Park offers backpacking with a breathtaking view and Chugach National Forest and Kenai National Wildlife Refuge provide trails for those looking to take a stroll.

For the boater, Kachemak Bay State Park and Kenai Fjords National Park provide ample opportunity for boating and kayaking trips.

The Swanson River-Swan Lake canoe trails let campers get far off the beaten path. Skilak and Tustumena lakes also offer wilderness camping but beware, these waters can be dangerous with big waves when it's windy.

Whatever the site, remember to practice safe and responsible camping. Campers and hikers need to take trash with them to leave trails, beaches and campsites clean.

Campers also should remember to pack adequate food, clothing, rain gear, a map and compass, a first-aid kit, matches and bug repellent. Boaters need safety gear, charts and a tide book.

Campers also should remember to practice bear safety. Store and cook all food away from tents and sleeping bags. Make plenty of noise in foliage areas and avoid feeding sites, such as streams with spawning salmon, carcasses and large berry patches.

If faced with a bear, talk in a normal voice and wave your arms before backing away slowly. Do not run.

Alaska State parks

Sterling-Funny River:

Bing's Landing, Mile 79 Sterling Highway, boat launch, picnic shelter, fishing

Izaak Walton, Mile 81 Sterling Highway, boat launch, fishing

Morgan's Landing, Mile 85 Sterling Highway, fishing

Scout Lake, Mile 85 Sterling Highway, picnic shelter, fishing

Funny River, Mile 11 Funny River Road, fishing

North of Kenai:

Captain Cook, Mile 36-39 Kenai Spur Highway, boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, picnic shelter

Kasilof-Clam Gulch:

Crooked Creek, off Cohoe Loop in Kasilof, hiking, fishing

Johnson Lake, off Mile 110 Sterling Highway, fishing, picnic shelter, boat launch

Clam Gulch, off Mile 117 Sterling Highway, clamming, picnic shelter, fishing

Kasilof River, Mile 109 Sterling Highway, hiking, boat launch, fishing

Ninilchik:

Ninilchik, Mile 135 Sterling Highway, boat launch, picnic shelter, fishing

Deep Creek, Mile 138 Sterling Highway, fishing, boat launch

Anchor Point-Stariski:

Stariski, Mile 151 Sterling Highway, picnic shelter

Anchor River, off Mile 157 Sterling Highway, fishing

Homer:

Kachemak Bay State Park, boat access only, camping, hiking, fishing, beachcombing, cabins

Seward:

Caines Head, boat or trail access only, abandoned World War II fort, hiking, picnic shelter, camping, cabins, fishing

Thumb Cove, boat access only, hiking, cabins, fishing

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

There are several developed campgrounds along the Swanson River road system. There are three between Sterling and Cooper Landing on Skilak Lake Road: two on Skilak Lake and one on Hidden Lake. All have boat ramps.

There are a number of campgrounds along the Sterling Highway between Sterling and Cooper Landing. The largest is the Kenai-Russian River Ferry at Mile 55 of the Sterling Highway.

U.S. Forest Service

For reservations at Forest Service campgrounds, call toll free (877) 444-6777.

Turnagain Pass:

Bertha Creek Campground, Mile 65.5 Seward Highway

Granite Creek Campground, Mile 63 Seward Highway

Hope:

Porcupine Campground in Hope, Mile 17.8 Hope Highway

Coeur d'Alene Campground, Mile 16.2 Palmer Creek Road

Summit Lake:

Tenderfoot Campground, Mile 46 Seward Highway

Moose Pass Trail River Campground, Mile 24.4 Seward Highway

Ptarmigan Campground, Mile 23.1 Seward Highway

Primrose Campground, take Primrose Road from Mile 17 Seward Highway

Cooper Landing:

Crescent Creek Campground, take Quartz Creek Road from Mile 45 Sterling Highway

Quartz Creek Campground, take Quartz Creek Road from Mile 45 Sterling Highway

Cooper Creek Campground, Mile 50.7 Sterling Highway

Russian River Campground, Mile 52.8 Sterling Highway

Cooper Lake Dispersed Camping Area, end of Snug Harbor Road.

City and Private

Cooper Landing:

Gwin's Lodge, Restaurant and Bar, Mile 52 Sterling Highway, 595-1266

Hamilton's Place, 595-1260

Kenai Princess Lodge, 595-1425 or (800) 426-0500

Miller Homestead Inc., Mile 49.7 Sterling Highway, 595-1406

Sunrise Inn and RV Park, Mile 45 Sterling Highway, 595-1222

Soldotna:

Across the River RV Park, 262-0458

Best Western King Salmon Motel, 262-5857

Soldotna Sports Center (city), 262-3151

Centennial Campground (city), 262-3151

Swiftwater Campground (city), 262-3151

Edgewater RV resort, 262-7733

Kenai Riverbend Campground and Resort, 283-9489

Kenai Wilderness Lodge, 262-4390

River Quest RV Resort, 283-4991

River Terrace RV Park, 262-5593

Riverside House, 262-0500

Sterling:

Alaska Canoe and Campground, 262-3583

Cast Away Riverside RV Park, 262-7219

Fish On Inn and RV Park, 262-5297

Jana House, 260-4151

Kenai:

Beluga Lookout RV Park, 283-5999

Betty's RV Park, 283-9351

Diamond M Ranch, B&B, cabins, RV spaces, 283-9424

Eagle Rock Enterprises, 283-7717

Kenai RV Park, 398-3382

Overland RV Park, 283-4512

Robinson's Mini-Mall, RV Park and Storage, 283-9384

Stedi RV Park, Mile 11.5 Kalifornsky Beach Road, 283-2056

The Place, 283-9915

Kasilof:

Cohoe Cove, 262-1939

Crooked Creek RV Park, 262-1299

Kasilof RV Park, 262-0418 or (800) 264-0418

Clam Gulch:

Falls Creek Cabins and Camping, 262-8796

Ninilchik:

Alaskan Angler RV Resort, 567-3393 or (800) 347-4114

Country Boy Campground, 567-3396

D&M Charters and RV Park, 567-4368

Flying Bear Charters, B&B, cabins & RV, 567-3356

Black Goat's Bluff RV Camp, 567-7395

Ninilchik Point Overnighter, 567-3423

Reel 'Em Inn, 567-7335

Scenic View RV Park, 567-3909

Anchor Point:

Eaglecrest RV Park, 235-6851

Kyllonen RV Park, 235-7762

Short Stop Storage and Camping, 235-5327

Homer:

Driftwood Inn RV Park, 235-8019

Homer Spit Campground, 235-8206

Hornaday Campground (city), 235-3170

Mariner Park, the fishing lagoon and other public and city facilities, 235-3170

Ocean View RV Park, 235-3951

Seaside Farm Accommodations, 235-7850

Sportsman's Supply and Rental, 235-2617

Village Barabara Texaco and RV Park, 235-6404

Seward:

A Creekside RV Park, 224-3647

Bear Creek Mobile Home and RV Park, 224-5725

Miller's Landing, 224-5739

Seward RV Park & Campground, 224-2723

Spring Creek Campground (city), 224-4055

Waterfront Park (city), 224-4055

Hope:

Henry's One-Stop, 782-3222

For outdoors enthusiasts who enjoy camping, the Kenai Peninsula is the place to be. The peninsula is host to a full range of camping amenities, from RV parks to cabins to wilderness campsites.

Remember that with public and private campground filling rapidly, especially during the July peak fishing season, reservations are necessary.

For those interested in comfort camping, RV parking ranges from basic lots to sites with electric, water and waste hookups.

For those looking to see a bit more of the outdoors, salmon and trout fishing are available at many campgrounds, including sites along the Kenai, Russian, Ninilchik and Anchor rivers.

Kachemak Bay State Park offers backpacking with a breathtaking view and Chugach National Forest and Kenai National Wildlife Refuge provide trails for those looking to take a stroll.

For the boater, Kachemak Bay State Park and Kenai Fjords National Park provide ample opportunity for boating and kayaking trips.

The Swanson River-Swan Lake canoe trails let campers get far off the beaten path. Skilak and Tustumena lakes also offer wilderness camping but beware, these waters can be dangerous with big waves when it's windy.

Whatever the site, remember to practice safe and responsible camping. Campers and hikers need to take trash with them to leave trails, beaches and campsites clean.

Campers also should remember to pack adequate food, clothing, rain gear, a map and compass, a first-aid kit, matches and bug repellent. Boaters need safety gear, charts and a tide book.

Campers also should remember to practice bear safety. Store and cook all food away from tents and sleeping bags. Make plenty of noise in foliage areas and avoid feeding sites, such as streams with spawning salmon, carcasses and large berry patches.

If faced with a bear, talk in a normal voice and wave your arms before backing away slowly. Do not run.

Alaska State parks

Sterling-Funny River:

Bing's Landing, Mile 79 Sterling Highway, boat launch, picnic shelter, fishing

Izaak Walton, Mile 81 Sterling Highway, boat launch, fishing

Morgan's Landing, Mile 85 Sterling Highway, fishing

Scout Lake, Mile 85 Sterling Highway, picnic shelter, fishing

Funny River, Mile 11 Funny River Road, fishing

North of Kenai:

Captain Cook, Mile 36-39 Kenai Spur Highway, boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, picnic shelter

Kasilof-Clam Gulch:

Crooked Creek, off Cohoe Loop in Kasilof, hiking, fishing

Johnson Lake, off Mile 110 Sterling Highway, fishing, picnic shelter, boat launch

Clam Gulch, off Mile 117 Sterling Highway, clamming, picnic shelter, fishing

Kasilof River, Mile 109 Sterling Highway, hiking, boat launch, fishing

Ninilchik:

Ninilchik, Mile 135 Sterling Highway, boat launch, picnic shelter, fishing

Deep Creek, Mile 138 Sterling Highway, fishing, boat launch

Anchor Point-Stariski:

Stariski, Mile 151 Sterling Highway, picnic shelter

Anchor River, off Mile 157 Sterling Highway, fishing

Homer:

Kachemak Bay State Park, boat access only, camping, hiking, fishing, beachcombing, cabins

Seward:

Caines Head, boat or trail access only, abandoned World War II fort, hiking, picnic shelter, camping, cabins, fishing

Thumb Cove, boat access only, hiking, cabins, fishing

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

There are several developed campgrounds along the Swanson River road system. There are three between Sterling and Cooper Landing on Skilak Lake Road: two on Skilak Lake and one on Hidden Lake. All have boat ramps.

There are a number of campgrounds along the Sterling Highway between Sterling and Cooper Landing. The largest is the Kenai-Russian River Ferry at Mile 55 of the Sterling Highway.

U.S. Forest Service

For reservations at Forest Service campgrounds, call toll free (877) 444-6777.

Turnagain Pass:

Bertha Creek Campground, Mile 65.5 Seward Highway

Granite Creek Campground, Mile 63 Seward Highway

Hope:

Porcupine Campground in Hope, Mile 17.8 Hope Highway

Coeur d'Alene Campground, Mile 16.2 Palmer Creek Road

Summit Lake:

Tenderfoot Campground, Mile 46 Seward Highway

Moose Pass Trail River Campground, Mile 24.4 Seward Highway

Ptarmigan Campground, Mile 23.1 Seward Highway

Primrose Campground, take Primrose Road from Mile 17 Seward Highway

Cooper Landing:

Crescent Creek Campground, take Quartz Creek Road from Mile 45 Sterling Highway

Quartz Creek Campground, take Quartz Creek Road from Mile 45 Sterling Highway

Cooper Creek Campground, Mile 50.7 Sterling Highway

Russian River Campground, Mile 52.8 Sterling Highway

Cooper Lake Dispersed Camping Area, end of Snug Harbor Road.

City and Private

Cooper Landing:

Gwin's Lodge, Restaurant and Bar, Mile 52 Sterling Highway, 595-1266

Hamilton's Place, 595-1260

Kenai Princess Lodge, 595-1425 or (800) 426-0500

Miller Homestead Inc., Mile 49.7 Sterling Highway, 595-1406

Sunrise Inn and RV Park, Mile 45 Sterling Highway, 595-1222

Soldotna:

Across the River RV Park, 262-0458

Best Western King Salmon Motel, 262-5857

Soldotna Sports Center (city), 262-3151

Centennial Campground (city), 262-3151

Swiftwater Campground (city), 262-3151

Edgewater RV resort, 262-7733

Kenai Riverbend Campground and Resort, 283-9489

Kenai Wilderness Lodge, 262-4390

River Quest RV Resort, 283-4991

River Terrace RV Park, 262-5593

Riverside House, 262-0500

Sterling:

Alaska Canoe and Campground, 262-3583

Cast Away Riverside RV Park, 262-7219

Fish On Inn and RV Park, 262-5297

Jana House, 260-4151

Kenai:

Beluga Lookout RV Park, 283-5999

Betty's RV Park, 283-9351

Diamond M Ranch, B&B, cabins, RV spaces, 283-9424

Eagle Rock Enterprises, 283-7717

Kenai RV Park, 398-3382

Overland RV Park, 283-4512

Robinson's Mini-Mall, RV Park and Storage, 283-9384

Stedi RV Park, Mile 11.5 Kalifornsky Beach Road, 283-2056

The Place, 283-9915

Kasilof:

Cohoe Cove, 262-1939

Crooked Creek RV Park, 262-1299

Kasilof RV Park, 262-0418 or (800) 264-0418

Clam Gulch:

Falls Creek Cabins and Camping, 262-8796

Ninilchik:

Alaskan Angler RV Resort, 567-3393 or (800) 347-4114

Country Boy Campground, 567-3396

D&M Charters and RV Park, 567-4368

Flying Bear Charters, B&B, cabins & RV, 567-3356

Black Goat's Bluff RV Camp, 567-7395

Ninilchik Point Overnighter, 567-3423

Reel 'Em Inn, 567-7335

Scenic View RV Park, 567-3909

Anchor Point:

Eaglecrest RV Park, 235-6851

Kyllonen RV Park, 235-7762

Short Stop Storage and Camping, 235-5327

Homer:

Driftwood Inn RV Park, 235-8019

Homer Spit Campground, 235-8206

Hornaday Campground (city), 235-3170

Mariner Park, the fishing lagoon and other public and city facilities, 235-3170

Ocean View RV Park, 235-3951

Seaside Farm Accommodations, 235-7850

Sportsman's Supply and Rental, 235-2617

Village Barabara Texaco and RV Park, 235-6404

Seward:

A Creekside RV Park, 224-3647

Bear Creek Mobile Home and RV Park, 224-5725

Miller's Landing, 224-5739

Seward RV Park & Campground, 224-2723

Spring Creek Campground (city), 224-4055

Waterfront Park (city), 224-4055

Hope:

Henry's One-Stop, 782-3222



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