Chugach State Park RV & Campground Guide


Alaska’s 495,000-acre Chugach State Park is named after the indigenous people of the upper Cook Inlet. This vast preserve is surrounded by mountains on the north, west, and east sides and by the Pacific Ocean to the south. Its rugged geology and extensive waterways, glaciers, and ice fields offer spectacular natural views, and the environments include everything from temperate rain forests to tundra. Visitors can traverse mud flats and mile-high peaks and enjoy all manner of outdoor activities by the park’s rivers, lakes, glaciers, and boulder fields. The backcountry is home to pristine valleys that offer a wonderful chance to experience the wilderness while staying close to civilization. The western edge of the park is only seven miles from downtown Anchorage.

Nearby cities:

  • Anchorage, AK

  • Palmer, AK

  • Wasilla, AK

  • Whittier, AK

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Spring 16-58 F
Summer 43-68 F
Fall 12-57 F
Winter 9-27 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Chugach State Park

Campground Accommodations

Eklutna Lake Campground

  • Water hookup: No

  • Electrical hookup: No

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Max RV length: N/A

  • Other amenities: cellphone service, ADA access, drinking water available, picnic tables, trash receptacles, toilets, tent sites, RV sites, alcohol permitted, fires permitted, firewood available, watercraft accessible

Bird Creek and Bird Creek Overflow Campgrounds

  • Water hookup: No

  • Electrical hookup: No

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Max RV length: 35 feet

  • Other amenities: ADA access, cellphone service, fires allowed, firewood available, picnic tables, toilets, trash receptacles, alcohol permitted, tent sites, RV sites, big-rig friendly

Eagle River Campground

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Max RV length: Unlimited

  • Other amenities: cellphone service, ADA access, sanitary dump, showers, toilets, picnic tables, fires permitted, firewood available, drinking water available, alcohol permitted, trash receptacles, tent sites, RV sites, pull-through sites, watercraft accessible

Fox Run Lodge & RV Campground

Located less than 20 miles from the state park is theFox 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

Chugach State Park visitors can take in miles of trails and enjoy a vast array of outdoor activities. Guests can explore Eagle River, Eklutna Lake, Bird Creek, and the river valleys, ridgelines, and peaks of the front range of the Chugach Mountains. There are nine distinctive environments in the park, including alpine tundra, muskeg, hemlock-spruce forests, coastal wetlands, and ocean waters.

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 popularhiking 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 numerousdog 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 anAnchorage 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 inBird Creek. From July through September, you can witness a spectacular run of Silver Salmon here.

Fishing Fishing

Fishing is popular at campsites and along Bird Creek. Many of the lakes and rivers are flush with silver salmon from July through September.

Geocaching Geocaching

GeocacheAlaska! has secured a permit for traditional and EarthCache geocaches, which must be placed in watertight, animal-resistant containers within the Alaska State Parks system. Anyone can join this high-tech scavenger hunt by using a hand-held GPS or smartphone app to search for a cache and leave something behind for the next seeker.

Nature Watching Nature Watching

In fall and early winter, moose may be spotted from the platform at Glen Alps and across the Campbell Creek Valley, and if you’re lucky, you may spot a wolf through a pair of binoculars. The mountain slopes are dotted with brown and black bears in the spring and fall, and you can often see their tracks on muddy creek banks. Voles and picas make their presence known with whistles and squeaks, and ptarmigan may be found in the thickets.

Stargazing Stargazing

Eklutna Lake is known as one of the best destinations in Alaska for stargazing amidst the mountains. If you want to take in the northern lights, head to the overlook at the Glen Alps trailhead, Eagle River Nature Center, or the Knik River drainage starting in late August, with peak viewing in March.

Flora and Fauna

Chugach State Park is home to over 45 species of mammals, including brown bears, black bears, moose, Dall sheep, wolves, lynx, beavers, river otters, foxes, and mountain goats. The park’s forests are filled with paper birch, white spruce, and quaking aspen in the lower elevations while wildflowers such as the alpine forget-me-not proliferate on higher ground. The forest floor is covered with mushrooms, ferns, and wildflowers like dwarf dogwood and fireweed. Explorers will find everything from wild geranium and bog wintergreen to Nootka lupine, prickly saxifrage, lichen, mosses, and berries as they traverse the woodlands. From late summer to early fall, visitors can find lingonberries, highbush cranberries, redcurrants, crowberries, and blueberries along the trails. Guests should take care to identify their finds before eating them, as some berries are poisonous.

Hiking Hiking

Hikers of every ability level can experience over 280 miles of trails ranging from Eklutna Lake to Turnagain Arm. Many long treks are available for hikers who want a challenge. Devil's Pass is a 10-mile path, and the Eklutna Lakeside Trail is nearly 26 miles long. The Flattop Mountain Trail is considered to be one of the best for hikers who want to enjoy its breathtaking views. Travelers should plan ahead and proceed with caution before venturing out as they may encounter mountain goats and black or brown bears in some areas of the park. Guided treks are also available.


If you love to canoe, raft, sailboat, or kayak, you’ll have a glorious time on the water at Chugach State Park. Most boaters head to Eklutna Lake, which is the only body of water in the park that allows motorboats. Kayaking and canoeing are extremely popular, and rentals are easy to find. Adventure-loving rafters, pack rafters, and kayakers head to Eagle River to enjoy Class I to Class IV rapids.

Hunting Hunting

Hunters can take down a number of animals, including bears, in the park’s Unit 14C outside of the Eklutna, Eagle River, and Anchorage Management areas. Black and brown bears may be hunted from September to the end of May. Hunting squirrels, coyotes, wolves, wolverines, and unclassified game is not allowed. Contact park officials to get up to speed on all regulations.

Swimming Swimming

Some lakes in Chugach State Park may be swimmable in the warmer months. In general, the park’s waters tend to be very cold. Check with park officials for details.

Climbing Climbing

Mountain climbing is a popular activity in the park, and experienced climbers cite Bellicose Peak, Devils Distress, and Bounty Peak as worthy destinations.


Mountain bikers can enjoy several year-round and winter-only trails that run throughout the park, with some of the winter trails designated for fat bike tires between November 15 and March 31. The Eklutna Lake Trail and Gasline Trail are popular year-round while the Middle Fork Loop Trail and Lost Cabin Valley Trail are open in the winter.


Many areas of Chugach National Park are seasonally open for snowmobiling. The park provides detailed maps and descriptions of the areas that are open, closed, or restricted. Turnagain Pass, Skookum Valley Resurrection Pass, and Resurrection Pass Trail are just a few of the areas that may be available, but not all areas are open at all times. Check with park officials for snowmobiling schedules and to learn more about open and restricted areas.

Winter Activities

Visitors who love the wintertime cold can enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, ice skating, and more inside the park. For an otherworldly adventure, you can visit the Portage Glacier on foot, skis, skates, or by bike when the Portage Lake freezes over. Dog sledding tours and skijoring are also extremely popular past times.

Horseback Riding Horseback Riding

Horseback riders may take their mounts along the park’s trails with some exceptions. The Turnagain Arm Trail, Flattop Mountain Trails, Eagle River Valley, and Meadow Creek Drainage are closed to equestrians. Anchorage Hillside, Indian Creek, and the south fork of the Eagle River may also be closed.

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How to Get to
Chugach State Park

The Seward Highway (AK-1) is the only main road that enters the park from the south side. From Anchorage, take AK-1 southeast. If you are traveling from the northern part of the area, AK-3 will take you to AK-1. The address for the park is 18620 Seward Hwy. Anchorage, AK 99516

Entering Chugach State Park

RV parking is available at the park's designated RV campsites and at nearby RV campgrounds, which are first-come, first-served. Visitors should contact park officials with any questions.

Chugach State Park is an amazing natural wonderland that offers plenty of adventure for all of its guests.

Frequently Asked Questions About Chugach State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Chugach State Park?

The best time to visit the park is during the summer when temperatures are warm, days are long and sunny, and plants are in bloom. June to August is the peak season in the park, but autumn is also beautiful. Winter can be a rewarding time to visit for people who love snow activities, cozy nights, and cabin fever festivals.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Chugach State Park?

Chugach State Park has an amazing diversity of wildlife that includes coyotes, moose, caribou, timber wolves, marten, Sitka black-tailed deer, bears, mountain goats, Dall sheep, birds, and Pacific salmon.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Chugach State Park?

Chugach State Park has three designated RV campgrounds within the park, including Bird Creek Campground, Eagle River Campground, and Eklutna Lake Campground.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Chugach State Park and what is the cost?

Chugach State Park campgrounds are first-come, first-served. Parking is $5, and camping is $20 per vehicle, with some exceptions.

Are pets allowed at Chugach State Park?

Chugach State Park is pet-friendly. Dogs are allowed on trails and must be leashed unless they are in the backcountry.