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Camping at Tenderfoot Creek Campground

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Location and Access

Tenderfoot Creek Campground is situated in the Chugach National Forest on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. It is located along the Seward Highway at Milepost 45, approximately 21 miles north of Seward, AK.

Campground Features and Amenities

Amenities at Tenderfoot Creek Campground typically include:

  • Campsites with picnic tables and fire rings
  • Potable water
  • Vault toilets
  • Dumpster for trash disposal
  • A campground host may be present during peak season
  • Handicap-accessible sites and facilities


Outdoor Activities you can enjoy while staying at Tenderfoot Creek Campground include:

  • Fishing in Tenderfoot Creek for salmon and trout
  • Hiking on nearby trails, such as the Carter Lake Trail or Lost Lake Trail
  • Bird watching and wildlife viewing
  • Photography of the beautiful surrounding scenery
  • Boating and kayaking if you have access to nearby lakes and bays

Reservations and Fees

Reservations can often be made through the National Recreation Reservation System (Recreation.gov) or by calling their toll-free number. However, some sites may also be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Fees are charged for camping, and rates can vary per night for individual sites. Group sites may cost more. It's advisable to check the current rates and reservation policy on the official Forest Service website or Recreation.gov.


Camping Limits typically restrict stays to a maximum number of consecutive days, often 14 days within any 30-day period, to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to enjoy the campground.

Firewood Regulations are critical in this region due to the threat of invasive species. It is recommended to buy or gather firewood locally to prevent the spread of pests.

Bear Awareness is crucial in this area. Use bear-proof containers for food and dispose of waste properly. Never feed wildlife.


Accessibility may be limited in certain areas of the campground, although there are typically one or more sites and facilities designed to accommodate people with disabilities. It's recommended to check with the campground manager for specific accessible features.

Getting There usually involves driving from Anchorage or Seward, and the roads are generally RV accessible though they can be narrow and winding in places.

Weather and Seasonal Information

Weather in Chugach National Forest can be unpredictable. Campers should be prepared for rain and cold, even in summer months. Snow can occur in early fall and late spring.

Seasonal Operations mean that the campground has a specific opening and closing season due to weather conditions, which generally runs from May to September. It's important to check the current status before planning a trip.

Contact Information

For the most up-to-date information, it's best to contact the Seward Ranger District office or visit the official website of the Chugach National Forest where they provide contact numbers, email addresses, and other pertinent information.

Please remember that this information is subject to change, and it's important to verify all details before embarking on your camping trip.

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