The Last Frontier. Alaska. A place many RVers only dream of venturing to. But for those of you brave enough to make the trek, we know you won’t regret it. Here is everything you need to know to successfully camp the Kenai Peninsula.
Table of Contents
- What Is the Kenai Peninsula?
- Best Time of Year to Visit Kenai Peninsula
- The 7 Best Kenai Peninsula Campgrounds
- Camping on the Kenai Peninsula Is Unforgettable
What Is the Kenai Peninsula?
The Kenai Peninsula is a region in south-central Alaska. It comprises nearly 25,000 square miles, much of which is wilderness. Most people enter the Kenai through Anchorage. The 13 destination communities can all be reached by road, which makes it perfect for RVers.
The towns of Seward, Homer, Whittier, Soldotna, Kenai, Portage, and Girdwood are just some of the must-see towns on this peninsula.
Unlike many other areas in Alaska, the road system through the Kenai makes much of the outdoors easily accessible. Some wonders you can see include wildlife, fjords, mountains, glaciers, ocean bays, and surprisingly, even rain forests.
Sometimes called “Alaska’s Playground,” the Kenai Peninsula is a must-visit for everyone who loves the great outdoors. From visiting Kenai Fjords National Park to checking off visiting famous glaciers like Exit Glacier and Portage Glacier to flying to Katmai National Park on a floatplane to see the iconic Alaskan brown bears up close, this area of Alaska should not be missed!
Best Time of Year to Visit Kenai Peninsula
The best time of year to visit and camp in the Kenai Peninsula is in the summer. This is because the weather is warmer and the days are longer. In fact, you’ll enjoy up to 19 hours of sunlight to explore the Alaskan wilderness during the summer. The summer also has highs in the mid-sixties and little precipitation, making it the perfect weather for all things outdoorsy.
The 7 Best Kenai Peninsula Campgrounds
Now that we’ve convinced you to visit the beautiful Kenai Peninsula (it was a pretty tough sell!), here are the best Kenai Peninsula campgrounds for your stay.
1. Klondike RV Park and Cottages
Address: 48665 Funny River Road, Soldotna, AK 99669
Price: For an RV site, the nightly rate depends on when you stay. All rates listed here are per night. From May 1 to June 14 the cost is $42, from June 15 to June 30 the cost is $50, from July 1 to July 31 it is $58. The price then decreases from August 1 to August 15 to $50 and then back down from August 16 to Sept 10 to $42. They also offer discounts for monthly stays. If you want to stay the entire season for up to 92 consecutive days, the total cost is $3,500. They also have a 3% charge if paying by credit card.
Other fees include a $4/day fee for every additional adult over 2 adults or for children over age 12. You can also pay an extra $5/night for 50 amp sites and for storing an extra car or boat at your site.
Why You’ll Love It: You’ll love camping in the Kenai Peninsula when you stay at this campground. The Klondike RV Park is newer than many others with updated amenities, including an onsite laundry room and bathhouses with a key code. Sites are full hookup, and you have access to a charcoal grill for cooking out. You’ll also be close to the Kenai River, which has some of the best fishing in the world. The campground is about 150 miles from Anchorage and is less than five minutes from the nearby town of Soldotna.
The campground is great! But what’s even better is the easy access it gives you to a ton of activities, including clam digging, whitewater rafting, bear viewing, flightseeing, glaciers, and more.
Morton Road Trip Rating: 8/10
2. Homer Spit Campground
Address: 4535 Homer Spit Road, Homer, AK 99603
Price: The price options depend on your preferences. Beachfront sites with no hookups are $35/night. Beach view sites offering electric hookups are $45/night. Full hookup sites are available on the 3rd row from the beach (you still have a view!) for $50 a night. And interior sites, which are just 100 yards from the beach, are $40/night for RVs or $30/night for tent campers.
Why You’ll Love It: As if being in Alaska wasn’t enough, this campground has the most wonderful location: right on the water! You’ll have a view of Kachemak Bay and the mountains behind it, right from this Kenai Peninsula campground!
Homer Spit campground offers full hookup sites, hot showers, restrooms, laundry facilities, and an on-site gift shop. When you venture out for the day to enjoy the Kenai Peninsula, you won’t be disappointed. Nearby you can enjoy annual events like the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, local farmer’s market, Yacht Club Regatta, and the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, among other things.
You can also spend time at the spit or take the Homer Trolley around town. Named the Halibut Fishing Capital of the World, you won’t want to miss out on a fishing charter. You can also eat delicious food, visit local breweries, peruse art galleries, and see endless amounts of wildlife while staying at the Homer Spit campground.
Morton Road Trip Rating: 9/10
3. Millers Landing RV Park
Address: 13890 Beach Dr, Seward, AK 99664
Price: Beachfront and non-beachfront RV sites start at $45/night.
Why You’ll Love It: From the moment you approach this campground in the beautiful Kenai Peninsula, you’ll see wildlife, including sea lions, otters, eagles, and more. Miller’s Landing is an all-inclusive park offering a range of activities that leave right from the campground.
You can hop on a fishing charter or explore a kayak tour. Both leave just steps from your RV. You can also book scenic tours that let you prospect for gold, travel the Kenai fjords, see whales, and more. Adventure tours through Miller’s Landing include dogsled tours, air tours, and glacier cruises.
As if that wasn’t enough, Miller’s Landing also offers a host of amenities, including hot showers (for a fee), laundry facilities, electric hookups, a camp store, free coffee, fishing licenses, derby tickets, fish cleaning stations, a wood stove to sit by, campfire pits, and more. The campground also plans fun, weekly activities at the lodge.
Also, right inside the campground, you can enjoy a mile-long stretch of beach. And there are several other trails just a short distance away. You’ll find activities for the entire family when you stay at Miller’s Landing!
Morton Road Trip Rating: 10/10
4. Swiftwater Park and Campground
Address: 675 Swiftwater Park Road, Soldotna, AK 99669
Price: During peak time, which is from July 7 to July 31, a nightly stay will cost you only $26. Every other time of year, it is $21/night. There aren’t hookups, but there is water available and a dump station.
Why You’ll Love It: This low-key park offers first-come, first-served camping. Forty campsites wind through the forest for a chance to really connect with nature. The campground offers picnic tables and fire pits. There is also potable water at the well houses and an RV dump station on site. Although it has fewer amenities, the camping experience is no less amazing.
The park has easy access to the river with a boat launch for anglers. There are even 400 feet of elevated fish walks. The park also has various boardwalks and trails so you can enjoy the great outdoors right in your RV’s backyard.
Morton Road Trip Rating: 7/10
5. Stoney Creek RV Park
Address: Box 1548 Seward, AK 99664. To get to the campground itself, there are detailed directions and a map available on the Stoney Creek RV Park website.
Price: Basic RV sites, which include water and electric hookups, cost $52/night. The upgraded RV sites are $54/night, and Premier sites are $56.50/night. Upgraded and Premier sites are also available for monthly stays and cost $1,344 and $1,369, respectively, for the month.
Why You’ll Love It: This sprawling RV park is on 15 acres of land. Mountains surround it, but it is 6 miles from the town of Seward. You’ll feel you’re in the middle of nowhere while still having easy access to town when you stay at Stoney Creek. They have wide and long sites to accommodate larger rigs and leave you with ample space.
This park has amenities galore, including new facilities, satellite TV, Creekside walk, laundry, free showers (most of the other RV parks in the area have a fee for showers), WiFi, and a hospitality room where you can relax.
Nearby, the town of Seward is an outdoor adventure lover’s paradise. The town is situated where the mountains meet the ocean. There are endless hiking trails, wildlife, fishing, paddling, and more. With everything there is to do in Seward, you’ll never want to leave. It’s a good thing Stoney Creek has those monthly sites!
Morton Road Trip Rating: 8/10
6. Seward Waterfront Park
Address: Ballataine Blvd, Seward, AK 99664
Price: The cost to stay at the Seward Waterfront Park is $40 per night.
Why You’ll Love It: This RV park is right by the ocean offering spectacular views of the harbor and mountains. They have electric and water hookups, and there is a dump station on site. This RV park is friendly for big rigs and pets, so anyone can stay here! There are also restrooms and showers for guests.
Although it doesn’t have a lot of amenities, this park makes up for it with access to recreation. Right in town, you can fish, walk on the beach, bike, boat, and hike on the trails. Many guests have also reported that Seward is bikeable and walkable, and you can also take a free shuttle in town. This is great for RVers who don’t have a tow vehicle. You don’t have to miss out on anything in town for fear of not finding a parking spot.
Morton Road Trip Rating: 7/10
7. Kyllonen’s RV Park
Address: 74160 Anchor Point Rd, Anchor Point, AK 99556
Price: Prices range from $44-$49 a night depending on the length and if you want a back-in or pull-through site.
Why You’ll Love It: This beautiful campground in the Kenai Peninsula is an angler’s paradise. Kyllonen’s RV Park is located right at the mouth of the Anchor River. You can experience freshwater or saltwater fishing. You are also guaranteed to see wildlife in the area. This RV park is as far west as you can get in North America.
The whole family will love all of the amazing activities to do in the area. You can enjoy the water by taking a fishing charter on the ocean or a guided river fishing tour on the Anchor River. You can also whale watch and explore miles of beach. And without even leaving the RV park, there is bird watching or the option to hop on one of the many onsite charters.
This park provides immediate access to one of the most beautiful areas of the world for a very affordable price. Plus, you’ll enjoy amenities like onsite laundry, full hookups, free high-speed internet, and more.
Morton Road Trip Rating: 8/10
Camping on the Kenai Peninsula Is Unforgettable
There are so many amazing Kenai Peninsula campgrounds that you’re probably going to want to stay at every one of them! No matter where you travel in the Kenai Peninsula, you are sure to see wildlife, the ocean, mountains, glaciers, and more. That’s why planning a trip to Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula is truly unforgettable!
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