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Camping at Trail River Campground

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Location and Access

Trail River Campground is located in the Chugach National Forest in Southcentral Alaska, near the town of Moose Pass. It is situated on the banks of Trail River and provides easy access to Kenai Lake.

Visitors can access the campground via the Seward Highway (AK-9), which is a scenic road offering picturesque views of the surrounding mountains and forests. The campground is approximately a 90-minute drive from Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska.

Facilities and Amenities

The campground offers a variety of facilities to enhance the camping experience:

  • Campsites: There are multiple campsites available for tents and RVs. Each site typically includes a picnic table and fire ring.

  • Toilets: Vault toilets are provided for convenience and hygiene.

  • Drinking Water: Safe drinking water is available at various points throughout the campground.

  • Trash Collection: There are designated areas for trash disposal, promoting a "Leave No Trace" camping ethic.


Trail River Campground provides ample opportunities for recreational activities:

  • Fishing: The river and nearby Kenai Lake offer excellent fishing opportunities for salmon, trout, and other species.

  • Boating: Boaters can enjoy the vast expanse of Kenai Lake for kayaking, canoeing, or motor-boating.

  • Hiking: There are several trails in the vicinity suitable for all levels of hikers, offering views of the beautiful landscape.

  • Wildlife Viewing: The area is home to a rich array of wildlife, including bears, moose, and eagles. It's important to maintain a safe distance and practice bear safety.

Reservations and Fees

  • Reservations: It's advisable to make a reservation in advance, especially during peak season, which is typically from May through September. Reservations can be made through the National Recreation Reservation Service online or by phone.

  • Fees: There is a nightly fee for camping, which varies depending on the type of site and amenities. These fees are used to maintain and improve the facilities.

Safety and Regulations

  • Wildlife: Proper food storage is crucial to prevent bear encounters. Always follow the campground's guidelines for food and trash storage.

  • Weather: Be prepared for variable weather conditions, as it can change rapidly in Alaska. Bring waterproof gear and layers of clothing.

  • Fires: Follow any fire restrictions, and only use fire rings for campfires.

  • Stay Limits: There is usually a maximum stay limit to allow fair use of the campground by everyone.

Before heading out, it's wise to check the latest information from the Forest Service or local authorities for any updates on conditions, closures, or special regulations that may be in effect.

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