Wrangell St. Elias National Park RV Parks & Campgrounds

At 13.2-million-acres, Wrangell St. Elias National Park is the world's largest internationally protected area. And yet, there are just two primitive access roads to the park, with a couple of campgrounds along each route. Using the map below, you'll be able to see those locations within the park along the Nabesna and McCarthy Roads.

Rentals & Guided Camping

See our list of recommended RV and campervan companies in Alaska. Make sure the rental allows for travel on gravel roads. Many rental companies restrict use of their vehicles on both the Nabesna and McCarthy roads. Or, reach out to Alaska Outdoor Gear Outfitter & Rentals for complete rental packages for car camping, backpacking, or even accessories to put in your RV.

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RV Parks & Campgrounds

This is a great site to take a break for some wildlife view­ing or bird watch­ing. There are views of wet­lands, a small lake, and bore­al for­est. Moose are often seen here and cari­bou migrate through this area in the spring and fall. Dur­ing spring and sum­mer, look for nest­ing ducks and trum­peter swans. Vault toilets.

Difficulty: Moderate Distance: 12 miles

This is a trail with access to Cop­per Lake. Cop­per Lake has oppor­tu­ni­ties for Lake Trout, Grayling, and Bur­bot fish­ing. The first 2.5 miles are suit­able for hik­ing, then the trail crosss­es Tana­da Creek, which can be high and fast, and trail con­di­tions deteriorate. 

Mile 21.8 Nabesna Road. This rest area has a pic­nic table and vault toi­let, and looks out over a lake with a view of the Wrangell Mountains.

Walk in pub­lic fish­ing access to Sil­ver Lake and Van Lake; you’ll find won­der­ful scenery and good rain­bow trout fish­ing in both lakes.

MP 27.8, Nabesna Rd. This is now called the Kendesnii Camp­ground. This is now a devel­oped camp­ground with 10 sites, with pic­nic tables, fire rings, trails, and restrooms. Kendesnii Camp­ground is a great place to fish and view wildlife. A hie of about a half mile to the south and over the ridge will take you to Jack Lake and more beau­ti­ful views of the Wrangell Mountains.

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