Bertha Creek Campground, Turnagain Pass, Alaska

Chugach National Forest
161 East 1st Avenue Door #8,
Anchorage Alaska 99501

Bertha Creek Campground is a popular gold panning destination on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska.

  • Directions - Bertha Creek Campground is found at Mile 65.4 of the Seward Highway between Turnagain Pass and Granite Creek Campground. Bertha Creek Campground is located at the confluence of Bertha Creek with Granite Creek.

  • Description - A smaller loop campground on Granite Creek that offers 12 campsites most suitable for tent camping and small RV's. Large RV's and trilers will find this campground prety tight. No Hookups are available.
  • Number of campsites - 12
  • Number and type of hookups - No Hook-Ups
    1. * 30 amp - N/A
  • Water - Centrally Located Hand Pump
  • Sewer - N/A
  • Tent Sites - Yes
  • Dates of Operation -
  • Number of Pull-Thru Sites - N/A
  • Max Length - 32 feet
  • Additional Amenities - Pit toilet, hand driven water pump, dumpster, picnic tables, fire rings, bear lockers.
  • Payment Methods - Honor System Kiosk - (No Reservations)
  • Fee - $14 a night with a 14 night limit

Bertha Creek, from its confluence with Granite Creek, upstream to where the powerline crosses the creek is a designated recreational gold pannning area.  Granite Creek is closed to recreational mining because of its salmon spawning habitat. 

  • Recreational gold panning on the Chugach consists of using hand tools, panning, sluicing and suction dredgingwith a 4" or smaller intake hose.
  • No hydralic mining or use of earth-moving equipment is allowed. 
  • Work only in the active stream channel or unvegetated gravel bars.  Do not dig in stream banks! 

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