Eagle River Campground
About the nicest campground in the Anchorage area lies just south of Eagle River. We were impressed with this campground because it appears to be brand new even though we know it has been here for many years. Unlike Centennial Park (the campground on the outskirts of northeast Anchorage) each of the campsites here has some privacy. Much of the natural beauty has been left intact despite paved roads throughout the campground. Overall, Eagle River Campground provides an excellent blend of nature and amenities.
To find this campground head east out of Anchorage on the Glenn Highway. Take the Hiland Road exit. The exit will begin the green and white campground signs that will lead you straight ahead right into the campground at the end of the frontage road that runs along side of the Glenn Highway.
There are 57 campsites altogether through the campground. There are public telephones, toilets with running water, an RV dump station, and covered picnic areas. Each campsite has its own picnic table and fire ring. Some sites are paved completely allowing easy access to handicapped persons. There is a $5.00 day use fee. It costs $15 to stay overnight.
There is also a great area to launch or take out a boat when floating Eagle River. If you plan to continue your float trip through Fort Richardson, you will need to obtain a permit by calling 384-2072. We will add more information about floating Eagle River once we have done it ourselves.
One of the reasons this campground is so clean and immaculate is that the inmates from the correctional facility just up the street are taken down to the campground every night after campers have gone to bed. They go through each campground thoroughly cleaning up everything that has been left out. It is kind of spooky hearing the chains rattling around while trying to fall asleep, but the results can be seen each morning when you wake up! (JOKE)
Last visited: July 2000