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Camping in Kodiak

Written by: Posted on: December 31, 1969 at 7:00PMPosted in: Main Topic

To get the ultimate Alaskan experience there is nothing more authentic than going for a camping trip. Camping is a sure way to experience nature to its fullest—sleep among a forest of Sitka Spruce trees, admire stars and the brilliant moon, start up a fire to keep warm and roast marshmallows. In the morning, wake up to the call of birds and the fresh morning air and set out for a day full of recreational activities! For those seeking this experience, there are several options for camping on Kodiak Island.

Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park is an ideal spot to set up camp. The Park includes 227 acres of seaside land and 13 campsites. Camping fees are 15$/night, with sites designed primarily for tent camping.  During the day your options for entertainment are endless. Go tide pooling or beach-combing at one of the many beautiful beaches, walk the trails, explore the WWII Bunkers, fish for rainbow trout and grayling in Lake Gertrude, and/or check out the Military History Museum at Miller Point.

Buskin River State Recreation Site is a State Park close to the airport that encompasses 199 acres of land with 15 camp sites. The Site is suitable for both tent and RV camping, and rates are set at 15$/night. The Buskin River is a well-known and productive spot for sport fishing. Take your catch of the day up to one of two picnic areas (located at the mouth of the river) and cook up some dinner!

Pasagshak River State Recreation Site is a 20 acre campsite located next to the mouth of the Pasagshak River. It includes 10 campsites suitable for tent or RV camping, for which there are no fees. The Pasagshak River is a popular fishing area for king, red, silver salmon, and dolly varden.

Accessible by float plane or boat, Shuyak Island State Park is 47,000 acres of remote adventure land. Rent one of the four public use cabins, or pitch a tent! Hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, and kayaking are all activities of interest readily available on Shuyak Island. After you arrive, there will be no visitor services available as the park is remote. You will find information regarding cabin rentals/availability and pricing by viewing the following link: http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/cabins/kodiak.htm

Afognak Island State Park is a 75,049 acre park accessible via float plane or boat. Just to name a few recreational activities, visitors have the options of hunting, hiking, and wildlife viewing. There are two public use cabins located on Pillar and Laura Lakes. View this link for more information regarding cabin rentals/availability and pricing: http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/cabins/kodiak.htm

Woody Island State Recreation Site is comprised of 112 acres, located on Woody Island. Woody Island is a short boat ride away from Kodiak Island. Camp, hike, or kayak on this undeveloped site.

While there are many other beautiful forests and beaches that provide for the ultimate camping experience, make sure to check with Discover Kodiak before setting out on your adventure. Certain areas of Kodiak are privately owned, thus calling for a permit. 

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