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Camping on a Budget North Pole 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.

Santaland Rv Park
(907) 488-9123
125 Saint Nicholas Dr
North Pole, AK
 
Gaalee`ya Spirit Camp
(907) 451-9806
Po Box 7316
Fairbanks, AR
 
Chena Marina Rv Park
(907) 479-4653
1145 Shypoke Dr
Fairbanks, AK
 
Aurora Rv Park
(907) 451-1935
2016 College Rd
Fairbanks, AK
 
Tanana Valley Campground
(907) 456-7956
1800 College Rd
Fairbanks, AK
 
Riverview RV Park
(907) 488-6392
1316 Badger Road
North Pole, AR
 
Rivers Edge Rv Park & Campground
(907) 474-0286
4140 Boat St
Fairbanks, AK
 
Northern Exposure Rv Park
(907) 474-8088
Steese Hwy & Elliott Hwy
Fairbanks, AK
 
Norlite Campground
(907) 474-0206
1660 Peger Rd
Fairbanks, AK
 
River''s Edge RV Park & Campground
(800) 421-7116, (907) 474-0286
4140 Boat Street
Fairbanks, AK
Number of Sites
190 Total Camp/RV Sites,178 30 Amp Service,178 50 Amp Service,190 Electric and Water,115 Full Hookups,60 Max RV Length,86 Pull-Thru Sites,90 Sideouts,12 Tent Sites,
Amenities
Cable TV,Dump Station,Group Area,WiFi Parkwide,Laundry,Pets Welcome,Showers,Cabin Rentals,
Recreation
Biking Trails,Equestrian Friendly,Fishing,Hiking Trails,Marina,Nature Trails,Swimming Pool,recreation huts,

Camping on a Budget

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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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