Chilkat State Park RV & Campground Guide
Chilkat State Parkis an Alaskan postcard come to life — a hanging glacier peeks out from a gap in the rocky, snow-capped mountains, and a cold, brilliant blue lake laps against shores thick with pine trees. Moose amble along the shore, whales glide past in the water, and king salmon come through en masse every June. Come in the summer to hike through the forest or to stroll along the rocky beach. There's also a boat ramp that's popular with local anglers. The town of Haines is just 10 miles north, and Juneau lies 100 miles down the Favorite Channel by ferry.
RV Resorts & Campsites in Chilkat State Park
Camping is a wonderful way to enjoy the natural beauty of Chilkat State Park. Pull your RV into a campsite, and the legendary Alaskan wilderness is just steps away. Don't have time to drive to the park? A local RV rental reduces drive time and helps you make the most of your Alaskan vacation.
Chilkat State Park
If you're coming in an RV that's 35 feet long or shorter, the Chilkat State Park campground is a fantastic option. With 35 campsites, it never feels crowded. Each site is tucked into the forest near the water, so you can walk to the trailheads, picnic area, or beach. Most sites offer a fire pit and a grill. When camping in the park or anywhere nearby, make sure to keep your food in a vehicle or a bear-proof container. There are no hookups in the park, but restrooms are available. Expect a nightly rate of $20.
Fall asleep to the sound of the waves lapping on the shore at Oceanside RV. If you're interested in amenities, this campground has you covered; each site offers full hookups, cable TV, and Wi-Fi. To make your stay more comfortable, the campground has showers, bathrooms, a common room, and freezers for guests. It's open year-round with nightly rates starting at $40.
What to Do at
Chilkat State Park
Inside Chilkat State Park
The Chilkat State Park experience is all about the wilderness. Once you navigate the gravel road in from Haines — it can easily take 30 minutes to make the 10-mile trip — you'll feel like you've stumbled onto a remote paradise. Start by hiking the waterfront 7-mile Seduction Point Trail, or go in search of the best views in the park from the top of the challenging Mount Riley Trail. If you're in the mood for a more low-key adventure, the visitor center also has spectacular views; try using the telescopes to search for bears on the opposite shore. Launch your boat from the park's boat ramp to explore the Chilkat Inlet, or bring a fishing rod and cast for salmon from the rocks along the water.
Outside Chilkat State Park
Chilkat State Park sits at the end of a long, slender peninsula in southeastern Alaska. There's plenty to do nearby, as long as you have the patience to drive; the surrounding wilderness is packed with stunning sites. Head to Haines for restaurants or to pick up supplies for your camping trip.
Pilot Light Restaurant
The Pilot Light Restaurant might look casual, but it offers an array of sophisticated dishes. Try the salmon cakes and the fish tacos; they taste even better when you're sitting outside on the patio while enjoying the house-made bread and a view of the harbor.
Type: American, Seafood
Location: 31 Soap Suds Alley, Haines, AK 99827
Alpenglow serves fantastic wood-fired pizza in a cozy setting. Customize your own pizza, or try one of the house specialties, such as the Buffalo Man or the Fun-Gi.
Location: 214 Main St, Haines, AK 99827
Ask for a picnic table on the patio at Fireweed Restaurant; these prime seats offer lovely views of the water. Head inside to the beautiful, historic dining room to try elegant options such as dried nori and edamame salad or a cut of locally caught salmon. The restaurant also serves pizza, calzones, and pasta.
Location: 37 Blacksmith St, Haines, AK 99827
Raevyn’s Cafe is one of the only places in Haines to get Southern-inspired dishes, including gumbo, jambalaya, and pork chile verde. The ingredients are fresh, the flavors are delicious, and the service makes you feel like a local.
Type: American, Southern
Location: White Fang Way, 296 Fair Dr #100, Haines, AK 99827
Chilkat Restaurant & Bakery
The Chilkat Restaurant & Bakery is one of the most unusual options near Chilkat State Park. It serves Thai food and a range of baked goods. Come for a coffee and a bear claw in the morning, and return at dinner for pad Thai and spicy curry.
Type: Bakery, Thai
Location: 25 5th Ave, Haines, AK 99827
If you're in need of supplies for hunting, fishing, boating, or camping, head straight to Outfitter Sporting Goods. Small but exceptionally well-stocked, this store has everything you need for an Alaskan adventure.
Location: Mile 0, Haines Hwy, Haines, AK 99827
Find out more about back-to-nature living at Second Nature (Fun Guy Foraged Products). Whether you're interested in dried mushrooms or books about the local foraging options, this friendly shop has you covered.
Location: 121 2nd Ave N, Haines, AK 99827
Ampersand AK LLC
Find all of the souvenirs you can carry at Ampersand AK LLC. With options ranging from fun coffee mugs to locally made works of art, there's something to suit every taste.
Location: 221 Main St, Haines, AK 99827
Stock up on food and snacks for your camping trip at Olerud’s Market Center. Make sure to check out the fresh cuts of meat and house-made sausages. The store also offers a selection of outdoor clothing.
Location: 420 Main St, Haines, AK 99827
If you're in search of natural foods and organic groceries, check out Mountain Market & Cafe. The in-house coffee roaster provides a selection of fresh blends, and the Mountain Spirits section offers beer, wine, and spirits.
Location: 151 3rd Ave South, Haines, AK 99827
When you're passing through Haines, take some time to explore the Haines Sheldon Museum. This small but excellent museum tells the story of the town, starting with its roots as a Tlingit community. Examine historic artifacts from Native Americans, settlers, shipping companies, and the mining industry. Of particular interest are the museum's prized Chilkat Blankets and historic boats. Head over to the Hakkinen Gallery wing to see the latest collection; the gallery brings in a new exhibit every six to eight weeks.
Location: 11 Main St, Haines, AK 99827
The Hammer Museum is a one-of-a-kind spot dedicated to a surprisingly fascinating topic: the history of the hammer. Explore the four different rooms in the museum to discover the remarkable story of this commonplace tool — with more than 2,000 different tools on display, you're certain to see something new. Check out hammers from around the world, including examples from ancient Egypt and historic Native Alaskan groups.
Location: 108 Main St, Haines, AK 99827
If you're interested in seeing the Alaskan wilderness from the water, spend an afternoon riding the Haines Skagway Fast Ferry. This small boat makes the trip in just 45 minutes — the perfect amount of time to admire the mountains and to keep an eye out for whales. Spend some time walking around Skagway, and hop on the return trip to be back in Haines by dinner.
Location: 39 Beach Rd, Haines, AK 99827
If you happen to be in Haines on a clear day, take a challenging hike to the top of Mt. Ripinski. The trail takes you up through the forest; after climbing for more than 2,000 feet, you'll emerge above the trees. After another 1,000 feet of elevation gain, the trail ends at the top of the mountain. From here, the views are breathtaking; look out for Chilkoot Lake, the Cathedral Peaks, and all the way down the Lutak Inlet.
Location: Young Road and Skyline Drive, Haines, AK 99827
If you've never seen a bald eagle in the wild, a visit to Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve is a must. Each fall, up to 4,000 bald eagles flock to the preserve; there's a remarkable new sight around every curve. The best way to see the eagles is on the riverside trail. If you're lucky, you'll see the majestic birds diving to pull salmon right from the river.
Location: Miles 18-21, Haines Hwy, Haines, AK 99827
How to Get to
Chilkat State Park
If you're driving to Chilkat State Park from Juneau, you'll need to take the Juneau-Haines ferry north. In Haines, head south on Mud Bay Road, and turn right on Chilkat State Park Road.
From Anchorage, you'll need to drive 765 miles. Take Highway 1 northwest to Tok, and head southwest on Highway 2 until you reach the Canadian border. From there, continue on Yukon 1E, and head south on the Haines Highway at Haines Junction until you cross the border into the United States and reach Haines. Take Mud Bay Road to get to the park.
Entering Chilkat State Park
Chilkat State Park is open year-round, but winter weather can make it difficult to enter the park. Ask in Haines about current road conditions.
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