Sometimes you just want a wild river — to fish, to witness rapids, to skip rocks, to explore a shoreline with an eye for bald eagles aloft, to watch expert whitewater paddlers.
From any of the 57 campsites nestled along three wooded lanes in this campground off the Hiland Road exit by Mile 12 of the Glenn Highway, the interesting gravel bars of Eagle River are never more than a few minutes’ walk away. Operated by concessionaire Lifetime Adventures, the campground is open to large RVs and is one of the few state campgrounds with a dump station, along with all of regular amenities of picnic tables, fire pits, water and latrines.
In-town wilderness setting
Long popular with families who seek a wilderness-like setting without leaving the urban area, the place has a reputation for cleanliness and serenity. But you have to make peace with the river: it is loud.
What can your family do at Eagle River Campground?
- Fish. A section of the river adjacent to the campground is usually open to king salmon fishing on select weekends in early summer. Check state regs.
- Hike. A trail leads up the river, and a trail system groomed for skiing in the winter connects the campground area to Eagle River High School through the woods up the hill.
- Bike. The quiet, low-key campground can be a great place to let the kids ride bikes on pavement while in the forest.
- View wildlife. Eagle River flows through the biggest and most varied riparian habitat in the Anchorage Bowl.
- Rent the “private campsite.” Off by itself in the woods, this secluded site comes with firewood, citronella candle, water and other extras.