Chugach State Park RV & Campground Guide

Alaska

Chugach State Park

is one of the largest state parks in Alaska, covering 495,204 acres. It’s located in the south-central part of the state, immediately east of the Anchorage Bowl. It’s home to the scenic Chugach Mountains, Eklutna Lake, and Eagle River, as well as several famous mountain peaks and glaciers. Within the park boundaries, you may also spot many different types of wildlife, including moose, red foxes, porcupines, hares, ground squirrels, ermines, pikas, and less frequently, wolves and Canadian lynx.

Like many places in Alaska, Chugach State Park has a very cold climate, with temperatures falling as low as -5°F in the winter months. Summer, on the other hand, can see highs of just 54°F. Despite this, the region is still a popular travel destination for those looking to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, dog sledding, and skijoring.

If you’re planning a trip to Chugach State Park, the following guide will tell you everything you need to know about the region, including camping, activities, how to get here, and more.

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Weather
Spring 1-44 F
Summer 29-54 F
Fall -2-43 F
Winter -5-14 F
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Nearby Cities
Anchorage, AK
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Chugach State Park

There are plenty of camping opportunities in and around Chugach State Park, including both within tents and RVs. If roughing-it in a sleeping bag and the tiny space that a tent offers isn’t quite your thing, then we wholeheartedly recommend the warmth, comfort, and all-round glamping that an RV offers.

If you don’t own an RV, you can easily rent an RV from RVshare that suits your individual needs – including size, budget, and more. All rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team dedicated to helping you succeed.

There are plenty of campsites within the state park, however, because Chugach is the most easily-accessible state park within Alaska, its campgrounds can be booked-out weeks and months in advance. These include Eklutna Lake Campground, Bird Creek Campground, and Eagle River Campground.

Thankfully, there are also many other RV-friendly campgrounds located near the state park. We’ve listed these below.

Fox Run Lodge & RV Campground

Located less than 20 miles from the state park is the Fox Run Lodge & RV Campground, which features RV sites with 30/50 amp hookups starting from $49 per day. There’s also a long list of amenities and on-site recreational activities to keep you and your family comfortable during your stay.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: dump station, showers and restrooms, art gallery, gift shop, trading post, storage, firewood, restaurant.

Portage Valley Cabins & RV Park

Portage Valley Cabins & RV Park is nestled among the mountains, forest, and streams of Portage. It features over 40 sites with electric and water hookups. The park is currently being renovated, however, so visitors can expect updated and additional facilities in 2020.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: no
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: dump station, showers, fire pit, pond.

Ship Creek RV Park

Anchorage Ship Creek RV Park puts a variety of activities and amusements at your doorstep, as it’s located just a few blocks from downtown Anchorage. It offers pull-thru sites with full hookups, as well as a whole range of other amenities to assist you during your stay. Nightly rates start at $19 for dry sites or $39 for full hookups.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: laundry facilities, gift shop, local tour reservations, showers, restrooms.

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What to Do at
Chugach State Park

Inside Chugach State Park

Chugach State Park might be very popular for camping, but people also flock here because of the wide range of fun outdoor activities on offer. Whether you’re hoping to enjoy hiking the park’s scenic trails, fishing, dog-sledding, or more – there’s certainly something for every type of traveler at Chugach State Park.

Hiking: Many of the state’s most popular hiking trails are located within Chugach State Park. Just some of these include the Alyeska North Face Trail, Devil’s Creek Trail, Johnson Pass Trail South Access, and more. They’ll lead you past snowy mountains and glaciers, through forests, and along the lake’s shore.

Snowmobiling: You can rent a snowmobile in winter for a true Alaskan experience in the snow. Snowmobiling season in south-central Alaska typically lasts from November through early May, with a variety of accessible trails that surround Anchorage and the Chugach State Park.

Dog sledding: There are also numerous dog sledding tours which run through the state park, as it is an extremely popular activity during the winter months. Trust us, it’s an experience you and your family won’t forget!

Skijoring: Skijoring is a popular pastime within the Chugach State Park region and it simply involves a person skiing while being pulled along by a horse, dog (or dogs) or motor vehicle. Dog skijoring is particularly common in the region and there is also an Anchorage Skijor Club.

Mountain biking: There are also several trails within the state park which are accessible by bike. Some of these include the Devil’s Creek Trail, Winner Creek Trail, and Resurrection River Trail. Cyclists will love the stunning views during their ride.

Fishing: There are many small lakes and rivers with salmon dotted around the woodland areas within the park, but fishermen from all over the world come into Alaska to cast a line in Bird Creek. From July through September, you can witness a spectacular run of Silver Salmon here.

Outside Chugach State Park

If you thought Chugach State Park has lots on offer, then you’re going to be delighted by just how many experiences are available to you outside of the park in the surrounding area, including stunning sightseeing opportunities, award-winning restaurants, and amazing shopping experiences.

Restaurants

Pizza Man

Pizza Man is a popular, family-friendly eatery featuring a wide range of pizza, pasta, and a 30-item salad bar. There’s also a range of 24 draft beers on offer, so it’s your all-in-one food and beverage destination!

Type: Italian eatery

Location: Anchorage, AK

El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant

If you’re craving Mexican favorites such as tacos, quesadillas, burritos, and more, then El Rodeo is your go-to. It’s been referred to as “the best Mexican food place in Alaska hands down”.

Type: Mexican

Location: Anchorage, AK

Flo's Pancake House

Fancy a delicious pancake breakfast on your way out of or into the state park? Flo’s Pancake House is located in Anchorage, just 8.6 miles from the state park. It offers hearty servings for great prices and is just what you need before a big day exploring Chugach and its surrounding areas!

Type: Breakfast diner

Location: Anchorage, AK

Shopping

Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall

If you’re looking for some retail therapy during your trip, locals recommend the Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall for a wide selection of items, particularly clothing and accessories. There’s also a large food court in the mall for when your hunger or thirst strikes.

Location: Anchorage, AK

Sightseeing

Alaska Zoo

While you’re in Alaska, why not celebrate some of the region’s local wildlife (and other exotic species) with a trip to the zoo? The Alaska Zoo has been operating for 50 years and features animals such as bears, wolverine, Amur tigers, snow leopards, camels, and more. Admission ranges from $7 - $15 per person.

Location: Anchorage, AK

Alaska Native Heritage Center

Located just 8.7 miles from the state park is the Alaska Native Heritage Center, where you can learn about native culture through intriguing exhibits, films, and demonstrations. There’s even a beautiful woodland area with traditional dwellings. General admission starts at $16.95.

Location: Anchorage, AK

Alaska Museum of Science and Nature

Let the educational experiences continue with a trip to the Alaska Museum of Science and Nature! Exhibits cover topics such as dinosaurs, whales and Alaska marine life, birds of Alaska, the ice age of Alaska, and rocks and minerals. General admission starts at just $6.

Location: Anchorage, AK

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How to Get to
Chugach State Park

Eagle River and Eklutna Lake are accessible by road from Anchorage via the Glenn Highway. Bird Creek, Potter Section House and the Turnagain Arm trails are accessed from Anchorage via the Seward Highway.

Entering Chugach State Park

Most trailheads and parking areas in Chugach State Park have a daily parking fee. An Annual Parking Pass can also be purchased online.

Daily : $5

Annual Pass : $50

We’re very excited that you’re planning a trip to Chugach State Park. Once you’ve finished exploring all that the park has to offer, there are also some incredible opportunities waiting for you outside of its gates! During or after your stay, we encourage you to tag us in any of your social media posts, or why not share your photos and experience with us at [email protected]? We may even feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!