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Camping on a Budget Juneau AK

Having a wonderful camping experience is a combination of factors. Some of those are providential, and a few are completely out of your hands. Luckily, there are some you can control.

Tongass NF-Chatham Area (Mendenhall Lake Campground)
(907) 586-8800
Juneau, AK
Campground Availability
1-May thru 30-Sep
Non Flush, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Boating, Canoeing, Hiking Trails

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Auke Bay RV Park
(800) 421-7116, (907) 789-9467
11930 Glacier Highway
Auke Bay, AK
Campground Availability
31 Total Camp/RV Sites, 3 20 Amp Service, 3 30 Amp Service, 1 50 Amp Service, 31 Electric and Water, 23 Full Hookups, 45 Max RV Length, 1 Pull-Thru Sites, 10 Sideouts,
Laundry, Showers,
Nature Trails,

Golden Nugget
(907) 333-2012
4100 Debarr Rd
Anchorage, AK
River Terrace Campground
(907) 262-5593
44761 Sterling Hwy
Soldotna, AK
Klutina Salmon Charters & Campground
(907) 822-3991
Mile Post 101,Richardson Hwy Po Box 78
Copper Center, AK
Spruce Meadow RV Park
(907) 789-1990
Juneau, AK
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Wood, Laundry
Pavilion, Local Tours

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Spruce Meadow R.V. Park
(800) 421-7116, (907) 789-1990
10200 Mendenhall Loop Road
Juneau, AK
Campground Availability
34 Total Camp/RV Sites, 34 Electric and Water, 49 Full Hookups, 42 Max RV Length, 34 Sideouts, 10 Tent Sites,
Cable TV, Dump Station, Group Area, Handicapped Restroom Facilities, Laundry, Pets Welcome, Showers, Store, internet access at site,
Biking Trails, Fishing, Hiking Trails, Nature Trails, Picnic Area,

Chicken Creek RV Park - The Town of Chicken
(800) 421-7116, (907) 505-0231
Mile 66.8 Taylor Highway
Chicken, AK
Number of Sites
32 Total Camp/RV Sites,23 20 Amp Service,7 30 Amp Service,32 Electric and Water,2 Group Sites,10 No Hookups,16 Pull-Thru Sites,5 Rental Units,5 Total Rental Units,12 Sideouts,9 Tent Sites,
Dump Station,Group Area,Handicapped Restroom Facilities,WiFi HotSpots,Cabin Rentals,
Biking Trails,Fishing,Hiking Trails,Mini Golf,Planned Activities,

Denali RV Park & Motel
(800) 421-7116, (907) 683-1500, 316-841-3573
Mile 245.1 Parks Highway
Denali Park, AK
Number of Sites
80 Total Camp/RV Sites,80 Electric and Water,46 Full Hookups,70 Max RV Length,10 Pull-Thru Sites,15 Rental Units,15 Total Rental Units,70 Sideouts,
Cabin Rentals,
Biking Trails,Fishing,Hiking Trails,Planned Activities,Playground,

Big Bear Campground & RV Park
(800) 421-7116, (907) 745-7445
2010 S. Church Street
Palmer, AK
Number of Sites
43 Total Camp/RV Sites,40 30 Amp Service,3 50 Amp Service,43 Electric and Water,16 Full Hookups,60 Max RV Length,15 No Hookups,24 Pull-Thru Sites,20 Sideouts,
Dump Station,Group Area,Handicapped Restroom Facilities,Ice,WiFi Parkwide,Laundry,Pets Welcome,Phone Service at Site,Propane,Showers,Snack Bar,Cabin Rentals,
Biking Trails,Bird Watching,Hiking Trails,Nature Trails,Picnic Area,

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February 8, 2010 by Camping Life Magazine · 4 Comments  

Article Courtesy Camping Life Magazine , Written by Stuart Bourdon

Couple Enjoying a Picnic at a Campsite Having a wonderful camping experience is a combination of factors. Some of those are providential, and a few are completely out of your hands. Luckily, there are some you can control. It’s impossible to control the weather, but you can keep track of it and update your gear as conditions dictate. And the campground may not always offer many choices, depending upon its size and reservation level. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and enjoy. The good news—with proper planning, quick and accurate assessment in the field, and some flexibility, you should be able to find just the right spot in any campground.

Private and public campgrounds both have a place on the outdoor destination roster. Which you choose often has to do with your style of camping. Private campgrounds (KOA, Jellystone, etc.) offer a more controlled and manicured park-like atmosphere where the focus is often on activities (movie nights for kids) and recreational facilities (pools, etc.) inside the campground, and are more likely to have full RV-camping amenities (power, water, sewer hookups). Public campgrounds (state parks, national parks and forests, Army Corps of Engineers) tend to deliver a wilder, less controlled experience, and activity and recreation are typically more outdoor-oriented (trail hiking, fishing, boating), and are less likely to provide power and sewer hookups.

Either way, you can improve your chances of an enjoyable, rewarding stay by paying heed to some simple guidelines.

Plan Your Camping Trip Ahead

An advanced reservation is suggested for any campground, public or private, and for many, it’s a must. If you make your reservation online that’s fine; it’s convenient and almost all campgrounds—public and private—offer online reservations now. Before you do, though, make a point of contacting someone (forest ranger or park manager) by phone (best) or e-mail (second best) to ask questions about the lay of the land. Have a campground map (most have one online) and orient it so you know which direction is North, East, South and West.

When considering a campground, think about whether it’s down in a valley, on top of a ridge, or half-way in between. Campgrounds down in the bottom of deep canyons and valleys can be colder during the day (especially in the morning) because of the lack of sun, and can be damp and subject to ground fog. Ridge top sites can be more exposed to weather extremes and make for a cold blustery camp. Sometimes finding a spot in the middle is best. One that’s also sheltered from the wind, but exposed to morning sun, would make it the perfect find in our book.

Ask questions such as: Which way does the prevailing wind blow? Does it chance direction from morning to evening? Where are the trees and other prominent features in the campground?

The answers to these questions and others l...

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