5.6 Average
Copper Center, Alaska

Kenny Lake Mercantile & RV Park

Copper Center, Alaska

Copper Center, Alaska
Phone: (907) 822-3313

Sites: 20
Recent Rate: $38 6/2016

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Latitude: 61.736098695548
Longitude: -144.95206994385
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

7 Reviews

These reviews are the opinion of an RVParkReviews’ member and not the views of RVParkReviews.com

Review Count: 24
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

Previous reviews apply. Rate higher than previously reported. "Restaurant" not in operation - staffing; no issue with us. Gasoline is competitive with Valdez - a bit more than Glennallen. Electric-only for RV's (we used 30A - no issues) - no pull-throughs, but the back-ins are pretty much any length. Water-fill is included in price, as is dump; both points handy to use. Store has a variety of necessities - understand that this place is near the end of the supply-chain, and prices reflect same. We did not use showers/washers/dryers. Fire/picnic/pavilion available, but not at each site. Felt comfortable leaving RV at this location for LONG day-trip to McCarthy/Kennecott - was a bit uncomfortable with the optional sites at Chitina - on the east side of the Copper River Bridge. The added 20 miles was not problematic. Be advised that Class C/A and tows will need to slow significantly before Chitina - road conditions. Staff at this park is typical of most places in YT and AK - friendly, and appreciative of your business. We camped at Kenny Lake Mercantile & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Number
10 - all are back-in
Site Surface
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

McCarthy/Kennecott is ~80 miles east - via Chitina. Road between Kenny Lake and Chitina is great for about ten miles - remaining 10 miles are easily negotiable if you are patient, have no one following you. 60 miles to McCarthy are negotiable with trailer or motor-home - anticipate 2.5-3 hours, or - if in truck/car - 1.5-2 hours.

Kenny Lake Mercantile RV seems to be "safe-bet" for leaving RV unattended.

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Review Count: 300
States Visited: 39
Helpful Reviews: 55

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Note that this campground is not actually in Cooper Center. It is in the Village of Kenny Lake, thus the name, and is about 25 miles from Cooper Center. The reason for staying here is to be nearer McCarthy/Kennicott (about 90 miles – 3 hours) so you can drive it as a day trip or overnight, leaving the RV at this campground. This is the last fuel (gas or diesel) that you will find on the road to McCarthy. The use of the onsite dump and fresh water fill is an extra $5.00 per visit. It is a parking lot (with electrical hookups) next to the road beside the store and gas station. There are also some sites without hookups that are more private and widely spaced in a wooded area. We would have stayed in one of these sites except that we were leaving the RV for a night and felt more secure with it being more in the open area. Though not terrible, being right next to the road, there is road noise. It is not a major highway, but does have considerable traffic. The WiFi was a weak signal at our site, but we could get it, and it was fairly fast. Our Verizon phone worked well here. We did not try the data MiFi. The sites are quite close, but the manager tries to spread RV’s so that there is space in between. This campground works for a few days to visit the area but is probably not a place you would want to linger. We camped at Kenny Lake Mercantile & RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

I cannot add much to previous reviews except that the staff was quite friendly and helpful. The "parking lot" aspect was no problem because there was hardly anybody there. We got the Wi-Fi well. We had (and needed) only electricity. The place served its purpose of being a take-off point for McCarthy and Kennicott. The gas pump was very busy, but not a problem. The washers and dryers apparently serve the whole community; when I took a shower, it ran out of hot water very quickly because the washers had used it up. The no hookup sites were very nice, and if we stayed there again, which we would do if visiting McCarthy, we would probably stay in that area. We camped at Kenny Lake Mercantile & RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This RV park is under new ownership (according to the sign outside). It has electric-only sites, but it does have a dump station. You have to pay $5 extra if you want to fill your fresh water tanks or use the dump station. (Our $25 rate includes one of these extra fees.) The sites are all back-in, but since all sites are along the edge of a large parking lot, we had no problem here. The on-site restaurant has gone out of business. Like others, we stayed here in order to have as short a drive as possible to/from McCarthy. This is the only diesel gas between here and McCarthy (and there is none in McCarthy), so the diesel price is quite a bit higher than Glennallen or Valdez. It served the purpose, but nothing more. We camped at Kenny Lake Mercantile & RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 54
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This was another parking lot style camp in Alaska. The showers are paid. The owners are friendly and helpful. Sites are close to the roadway but there is not a lot of traffic. There needs to be more space between the sites. We could not extend awnings and slides almost touch. However, there are few options in the area and this is a good place to base camp if you are going to Kennecott Cooper Mines in your tow vehicle. We camped at Kenny Lake Mercantile & RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

It’s a parking lot in front of the general store with electric hookups for RV’s to tie into. They do provide free internet (worked just fine for us) and they have clean bathrooms and laundry (but you have to pay to use showers). There is a tiny cafe that serves hearty food at reasonable prices, and everyone was real friendly. We stayed here because it’s on the road up to Kennicot/McCarthy in Wrangell/St Elias NP – from here you can make it a day trip. We camped at Kenny Lake Mercantile & RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 70
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here for two nights. The park is gravel and all the level sites are back in with ample space between them. We stayed here because we wanted to visit the Kennicott Mine in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. It is a deserted 1938 copper mine. It is a 90 mile drive from this park but the best park in the area. The road in the national park is a dirt/gravel 60 miles long road and there are no facilities other than lodging at the end of the 60 miles-no fuel. It is well worth the 3 hour one way drive to see the huge deserted mine now in the national park. Make sure you have excellent tires on your vehicle. We camped at Kenny Lake Mercantile & RV Park in a Motorhome.

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