Stunning location, close to town. This city-run park has stunning views, right on Resurrection Bay with white-capped mountains in the background, and is walking distance to downtown restaurants and bars. There are some sites with electricity and city water, but the best sites with the best views (on the south end of the bay, literally a few feet from the water) are all dry sites. It is well worth forgoing the extra facilities for these wonderful sites. This park gets a lot of use from locals and from folks from Anchorage and the Mat-Su coming down for quick trips. In May, the park was still not crowded, but we did have a few groups of local young adults partying after their recent graduation. They were quite polite, and we had no problem with noise. As this park fills up, I can see it becoming a pretty lively place, and a good place to meet locals. If peace and quiet is your thing, this is probably the wrong park for you. Downtown is only a 10 minute walk from this park. There is a well-used walking path along the Bay right in front of the park that takes you in to town, or you can head inland through the quaint streets. This is a very cute town -- well worth exploring, with several good restaurants, bars, and pubs.
Gravel parking lot with a good location and little else. This park is basically a big gravel parking lot, across the street from Valdez's small boat harbor. On the positive side, the big draw is being literally in the middle of downtown, near the museum, the cruise boat docks, and all the activities Valdez has to offer. There are also Bald Eagles flying overhead, and you hear the sound of the sea (and feel the howl of the wind.) The bathrooms were clean and tidy, with six individual bathrooms -- two with a toilet and sink, and four with toilet, sink, and shower. WiFi was problematic at first, but then started working well. No idea what was wrong that first day. On the negative side, the sites are on top of each other, one after the other after the other. I would certainly not call these sites spacious. When we visited, maybe one site in ten was taken, so it wasn't bad, but come the busy season when the park fills, this place will surely be a crowded, claustrophobic, loud experience. Also, I can't imagine the six bathrooms will be adequate with full occupancy. We arrived at about 3pm, and there was no one in the office. There was a sign saying to wait till 8pm to check in. Thus we couldn't get the code for the showers, we couldn't get tokens for the laundry, etc. A minor annoyance… One tip: the "restaurant/lounge" at the Best Western across the street was really good. Sit in the bar area, and look through their big windows at the small boat harbor, while chatting with friendly locals. Good fun!
Impersonal but well run Good Sam park: This is basically a big, well run Good Sam park, with minimal character. It would have felt cramped had it not been pretty empty when we came through, though the modest attempt at greenery between sites helps a little. Services were clean and tidy. All services were available. Remember to get change for the laundry BEFORE the office closes! The little essentials and souvenir shop which is part of the office is cute and helpful.
Good park, but beware of tricky transportation logistics for RVs. Run by a mother-daughter team, this friendly park is more spacious than a typical commercial park, with some green space between sites, along with some picnic tables and fire pits. The staff is helpful, and the facilities are clean and tidy. The laundry is particularly nice, and located in a 24-hour-accessible central facility in the same building as the office, with no need to get change or tokens from staff. TRANSPORTATION LOGISTICS: This park is located about 16 miles from town on Mendenhall Loop, making it pretty close to the Alaska Marine Highway ferry terminal and of course the Mendenhall Glacier, but not at all close to downtown. One thing you RV'ers need to know is that parking in downtown Juneau for an RV is IMPOSSIBLE. Fortunately, there are two bus routes that stop right outside the park, but unfortunately, as of our visit, the bus stop sign right by the park entrance had disappeared, thus it wasn't clear where the stop was! We ended up walking up a mile and a half to the next stop, and had the pleasure of watching a bus drive right by us despite our waving because we weren't at an official stop. Here's what you need to know to make the busses work for you: => There are two routes serving the park: Route 3 runs counterclockwise around Mendenhall Loop and Route 4 runs clockwise around Mendenhall Loop. => Both take about an hour to get you in to town, and come about once an hour during the day, Monday through Saturday. => The bus stops for both Route 3 and Route 4 are right next to the park entrance. Walk from the park to the street, then the bus stops are about 50 feet to the RIGHT. The Route 3 bus stop sign (on the same side of the road as the park) is MISSING. But the Route 4 bus stop sign on the opposite side of the street is present, so just look for it. => Ask staff for the times of each route. Our recollection is that Route 3 came ~7 minutes before the hour, while Route 4 came ~20 minutes after the hour, during the day. Check with staff, though. => A taxi is another option, and costs about $35. one way. Note that Mendenhall Glacier was not quite walking distance from this park (~2 miles away), but parking an RV there was not a problem. Only getting to the activities based downtown was problematic.
Beautiful Island Setting: This city-run park is in a beautiful island setting. There is a walking trail all around the island, where a local artist has carved little faces in the tree bark here and there. Another local artist has carved images of owls in to old stumps. Both are really fun, and add a mystical quality to the walk. The camp sites are well isolated and peaceful. In May, it was pretty buggy, though. Note that there are no full service sites. Some less scenic sites have electricity, but there is no sewer at all. There is city water only here and there, so you might as well dry camp, so you can choose from the most attractive sites. Note that there is a dump station a few miles from the campground -- in to town on the left, behind the Visitor Center, which is made available to Ferry Island campers for free.
Adequate, if a bit tired. This is a an adequate park with all the usual services. Staff was capable. The bathrooms were clean, if a bit tired, though the music that plays in the bathrooms 24-hours a day is truly odd. This park would have been a bit cramped if it had been full, but we visited in May and had two or three empty spots between us and our neighbors, which helped a lot. The park is close to the main road, and thus has a bit of road noise, but it didn't bother us. My spouse informs me that we had a "Rufeous Humming Bird" visit us -- a new bird for us. There was a cute fire pit, but it was too buggy for us so we weren't able to take advantage.
Immaculate and welcoming. This is an immaculate, spotlessly clean and tidy facility run by a friendly and helpful Swiss-Canadian couple. There are flowers everywhere, and a communal fire pit which looked like a wonderful social gathering point. Unfortunately for us, we were here during the May rains, and were not able to partake. We felt very welcome here, and felt the owners' strong sense of pride in their park, which is well deserved.
Walking distance to town -- good base for Maifest and Oktoberfest events. The appeal of this park is that it is walking distance (~3/4 mile) to downtown Leavenworth, a cute Alpine-themed village with cute shops and interesting, lively restaurants (though note that some of this walk is along busy Hwy-2.) The park itself is a bit cramped and not especially appealing, though the bathrooms are clean and functional. There is a nice view of the mountains from some sites, and the staff is professional and courteous. Since the park is right on Hwy-2 just southeast of downtown, there is a bit of road noise, though we slept just fine despite this noise. We were here during Leavenworth's annual MaiFest celebration, which was a hoot. Their Oktoberfest is also famous, and this park would make a nice, inexpensive base for these events.