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Camping at Williwaw Campground

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Location and Access

Williwaw Campground is located in the Chugach National Forest on Portage Valley Road, approximately five miles from Portage Glacier and 16 miles from the Seward Highway (AK-1) in Alaska. It is adjacent to the Portage Valley, offering spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and easy access to nearby attractions.

Campsites and Facilities

Williwaw Campground features 60 campsites that can accommodate tents and RVs. No hookups are available, but each site comes with a picnic table, fire ring, and gravel tent pad. The campground also includes:

  • Flush toilets
  • Drinking water
  • A dump station
  • An interpretive trail

Group camping may also be available. Typically, the campground is well-maintained and offers a peaceful environment for visitors.

Attractions and Activities

The campground serves as a gateway to numerous attractions including:

  • Portage Glacier: Visitors can take a boat tour to get an up-close view of the glacier.
  • Exploration Trails: There are several trails near the campground, such as the Trail of Blue Ice, that offer beautiful views and wildlife spotting opportunities.
  • Williwaw Fish Viewing Platform: During the spawning season, this platform offers excellent views of salmon.

Camping at Williwaw Campground also allows for activities such as fishing, hiking, biking, and wildlife photography.

Reservations and Fees

Reservations for Williwaw Campground can be made in advance, which is recommended during the peak season. You can book a site through the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) or via recreation.gov.

Fees for campsites vary based on the type of site and time of year. It's important to check the most current rates and the length of the camping season as it can change annually.

Weather and Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the campground is generally in the summer months when the weather is milder. However, be prepared for any type of weather, as conditions can change rapidly in Alaska. It can also be quite cool even in summer, so appropriate clothing and gear are essential.

Wildlife Precautions

Bear activity is common in the area, so it's critical to practice bear safety. This includes storing food properly, keeping a clean campsite, and being bear-aware when hiking or moving around the campground.

Additional Tips

  • Cell Service: Don't expect reliable cell phone coverage; enjoy being off the grid.
  • Insect Repellant: Bring bug repellant to fend off mosquitoes, which can be plentiful.
  • Local Education: Take advantage of any ranger-led programs to learn about the area's natural and cultural history.

Remember that this information may be subject to change, and it’s best to contact the Chugach National Forest or check the official Forest Service website for the latest updates before planning your trip.

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