3 Parks near Chitina, Alaska
Aug 2016 - $20.00
The campground is located at the end of McCarthy road next to the Kennicott River and the pedestrian footbridge in Wrangell-St Elias National Park. McCarthy Road is a 60 mile dirt road that is completely full of potholes and rutted. It took us about 3.5 hours to make the 60-mile drive in our 31' class C. Drive it with extreme caution and have at least one spare tire. Base Camp is roughly 80 acres in size and is simply a wide open space. Anywhere on the property where you can drive your RV or pitch a tent is fair game for camping. The Kennicott River and glaciers provide an incredible backdrop to this amazing place. It's $20 a night and the only toilets available are outhouses. All fire rings are just rocks placed in circles by previous campers. The location absolutely can't be beat since it's right at the footbridge where you can grab a van ride to McCarthy or Kennecott Mine for $5 each way. You won't need a dingy vehicle here since you can only walk or take the shuttle vans into McCarthy and Kennecott Mine. In mid-August there were no crowds and we could easily take advantage of everything in Wrangell-St Elias National Park. This place is all about location and if you love adventure this place won't disappoint. Google Root Glacier Base Camp to see overhead and street views of this awesome place. - Cap'n G
Aug 2015 - $1.00
This campground is a good place to leave your rig when driving to Kennecott and avoid taking it on the long dirt road, which can be full of potholes. Since it is 120 miles round trip, spend the night there before and after to allow the entire day for the trip and a Kennecott visit. It is also handy when fishing on the Citina River. It is a dry campground with a good toilet. There is no charge
It is located about 2 miles from Chitina on the McCarthy road, driving towards Kennecott. The first half mile is dirt, and the remainder paved using chip seal. After crossing the Chitina River bridge, drive a very short distance and take the first road to the right. Coordinates at the entrance are N61.52887, W144.40417.
There are no formal campsite locations, but I counted about 10 "sites" that have been used previously, judging from tire tracks and current campers. Some have tables. I don't know who owns the park, but judging from the rest room, a nice building with vault toilets, I assume the government, maybe NPS(Admin. note: Alaska DOT campground). Sites are in a grove of trees.
If all sites are full, turn left on McCarthy road, then veer to the left and drive on the gravel area near the river towards the bridge. Ahtna (a native American organization) has an easement and charges $25 to camp in that area. The easement is shown on a map on a bulletin board. Drive towards the bridge, and you are not on their easement. The boundaries are somewhat vague, but I have camped there three times and have not noticed any enforcement issues. It is an open area next to the river, which you may prefer.
I did not camp in the Copper River campground, but walked over there from Ahtna after a local mentioned it to me. I will camp there again. - Jim22
Jul 2014 - $30.00
This park is very small and as the previous review stated, big rigs getting in and out is tight. We were surprised when we plugged in and had 50 amps! We did not use the water as we could not see where the water was coming from. This park is 5 - 6 miles before you get to Chitina. There is one site #12 which is by the small building that will hold a big rig, no problem. There are no bathrooms or showers on the premise. There also is no office on premise. You have to pay cash or check in an envelope like at a state park and place in a container. If there are problems, there is no one to go to and there is not any cell service at the park or telephone near by. By the way it you are going to McCarthy/Kennicott it is a very long way there on a dirt road. Took about 2 hours to get there at about 35 - 45 MPH. - Sherib
Aug 2011 - $20.00
Okay base camp for exploring Kennicott and the edge of the Wrangell - St. Elias National Park. Campsites are rocky and only approximately level, but they have FHU's, including 50 amp! I only saw one site that could maybe be called pull-through, and I think really big rigs might be a little cramped here. It's pretty much parking lot camping, except the "parking lot" was practically empty. Nice view of mountains and Copper River Valley. Would stay here again if in the area. - Sonic
Jul 2010 - $15.00
Rate is for a water and 30 amp electric back-in site. FHU sites as well as no hookup sites are also available. Very rough graded rocky park on the side of a hill with an Iron Ranger instead of an attendant. Restroom is a port-a-potty, though they do have water fill and waste dump. If you are visiting McCarthy-Kennecott this is the only park with hookups within miles. It does live up to its name and the views of Mt Wrangell are awesome. If you're not expecting much, this park will serve as a adequate base camp for visiting the area. We would stay here again if in the area. - Big Moose