Tenderfoot Creek Campground

We had been looking for an empty camping spot for an hour.  Black bear, Williwaw, Bertha Creek and Granite Creek Campgrounds were all full by 8 p.m. on Friday evening.  But Tenderfoot Creek is not on some of the maps of Alaska so there were three empty spots waiting for us.  

The campground is on the left side of the Seward Highway when headed toward Seward from Anchorage.  Start to watch for the signs after milepost 46.  There is a blue camping sign 1500 feet before the turnoff, and a small U.S. Forest service sign at the turnoff.  The turnoff is just before Summit Lake Lodge so if you pass the lodge, you have gone too far.

There are 27 sites with picnic tables, fire pits and place to pitch a tent.  The soil was rocky in our spot so we were not able to stake down.  Luckily we have a tent that does not need to have stakes set.  There are toilets, a water pump and a boat launch area on the lake.  Several of the campsites are pull-through and some are located right on the edge of the lake.  A site in this federal campground costs $10 per night.

In the morning we awoke to the calls of loons on the lake.  We walked down to the shoreline of the lake and watched as four of them called to one another and dove for fish.  The sunrise lit up the valley and steam rose from the lake where the sunbeams struck.

If campers do not feel like cooking in the morning the Summit Lake Lodge on the other side of the lake is a fabulous restaurant.  One can either drive back out and turn left on Seward Highway and then take the first left into the parking lot.  Or adventurers could drop a boat into the water at the boat launch in the campground and paddle over to the lodge across the lake.  There is a wide grassy area to pull out in back of the lodge.

Last Visited: August 2000

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