For 360-degree mountain views and endless outdoor adventures, head to Blueberry Lake, about 30 minutes north of Valdez along the Richardson Highway in Thompson Pass. Since it’s tucked into the mountains, snow-capped peaks greet your eyes no matter where you turn.

Take advantage of the high alpine lake for great grayling fishing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. Hikers will love the marked trails, and bring a bike for some two-wheeling.

And come to stay: the area has 21 basic campsites. RVs under 30 feet are allowed (though there are no hook-ups or pull-throughs). The campsites are mostly well-spaced, so you’ll have plenty of room for yourself. But if you come with a group, try to grab sites 3–6, which are clustered together near the shore of the lake. All sites except for 18 and 19 have their own fire ring. And since there are covered, shared pavilions, the site works great as a wedding venue or for group retreats.

There’s $5 per day usage fee; it’s $25 to stay overnight. Reserve 7 days in advance; otherwise, sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Getting There

Mile 24 Richardson Hwy
Driving Directions


Blueberry Lake State Recreation Site