Kenai Peninsula

There are four very distinct regions of the Kenai Peninsula and what they have to offer is very different indeed. There is the Northern Peninsula with destinations like the historic gold rush town of Hope Alaska and there are the mountain trails of Turnagain Pass. On the east we have the scenic Alaskan settlement of Moose Pass and the popular cruise port of Seward Alaska. To the west you will find Sterling, Soldotna and the Kenai River, once the most popular destination of all. Keep driving and you reach Homer in the Southwestern Kenai Peninsula and the pristine waters of Kachemak Bay.

While each of these destinations has an allure that draws people to them, what we are concerned with here is the camping opportunities each provides. Over the next few paragraphs we will summarize the opportunities and link into the pages covering the specific campgrounds of the popular destinations on the Kenai Peninsula. Also included are the best Kenai River Cabin Rentals available in the summers as an option for your vacation.


Kenai Campgrounds Campsites Water Toilets Trash Boat Launch Fee
Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area:
Jean Lake 3 no yes no yes free
Kelly Lake 3 yes yes no yes free
Petersen Lake 3 yes yes no no free
Watson Lake 3 yes yes no yes free
Skilak Lake Road:
Lower Skilak Lake 14 yes yes no yes free
Engineer Lake 3 yes yes no yes free
Lower Ohmer Lake 3 no yes no no free
Upper Skilak Lake 25 yes yes yes yes $10.00
Hidden Lake 44 yes yes yes yes $10.00
Swanson River Road:
Dolly Varden Lake 12 yes yes no yes free
Rainbow Lake 3 yes yes no yes free
Swanson River 4 no yes no no free
Sterling Highway Campgrounds
Izaak Walton 31 yes yes yes yes $15.00
Jean Lake 3 no yes no yes free
Kelly - Peterson Lakes 8 yes yes no yes free
Seward Highway Campgrounds
Bird Creek Campground 28 yes yes yes no $15.00
Bertha Creek Campground 12 yes yes yes no $15.00
Granite Creek Campground 19 yes yes yes no $15.00
Ptarmigan Campground 16 yes yes yes no $15.00
Primrose Campground 8 yes yes yes yes $15.00
Portage Glacier Road Campgrounds
Black Bear Campground 12 yes yes yes no $15.00
Williwaw Campground 60 yes yes yes no $15.00
Portage Valley RV Park 40+ yes yes yes no $
Kenai Spur Highway
Discovery Campground 55 yes yes yes yes $15.00

Hope Alaska has a couple campgrounds to accommodate you while you discover one of Alaska's more unspoiled and lesser known destinations.

Campgrounds in Turnagain Pass include Bertha Creek Campground and Granite Creek Campground both offering smaller dry serviced campsites not suitable for motorhomes over 25 feet in length.

Another popular campground is found on the back side of Upper Summit Lake. Tenderfoot Creek Campground has been completely updated with potable water, new toilets, tables, dumpster's, fire pits and a better boat ramp, (best suited for small craft).

Kenai Peninsula

Additional information on Campgrounds on the Kenai Peninsula can be found on the pages for each individual campground or on the pages for the Sterling and Seward Highways.