Great Land of Alaska

Camping & Cabins

Hidden Lake

Campsite at Hidden Lake

Ready for a few days away from it all. Even though good weather was forcast for the next several days, I put a tarp up over the tent just to be on the safe side, since Alaska weather can change without warning.

Captain Cook Recreation Area

Thinking on rock Mike starting the fire Food cooking Ready for a weekend of camping

Captain Cook Recreation Area is a campground about 40 miles north of Soldotna. It's a pretty well-developed campground with smooth roads, an on-site host, and several camp sites with a nice view of Cook Inlet.

Mystery Creek Road

Preparing a freeze-dried dessert Warming up Warming up by campfire

Mike and I went moose hunting out in the Mystery Creek Road area one autumn. It's a long drive to and from the area so an overnight stay is necessary if one wants to get any good amount of moose hunting in.


Cabin in Seward

We went halibut fishing out of Seward once, and the early departure time required an overnight stay in Seward. We rented a small cabin that, despite being beside the highway, was a quiet and relaxing place to stay.

Upper Ohmer Lake

Mike and Denali Cooking hot dogs

Alaska has many state-owned cabins that are available for recreational use, provided you first reserve the cabin and make a payment of $45 per night. Some cabins, such as this one on Upper Ohmer Lake, are easily accessible by driving whereas others require a long hike or a boat ride. The cabins are nothing fancy--just a large room with a wood stove and a couple wooden bunk beds.

Kashwitna Lake

Mike & family

Mike, Diane, and Denali around the campfire at the cabin at Kashwitna Lake. We like to come here often because it's located not too far from some decent salmon streams to the north, and it's a nice place to get away from it all even though it's about a five hour drive away from Soldotna.

Palmer Creek Valley

Campsite from atop a hill Mike looking through binoculars Truck and valley

A late summer trip into the Kenai Mountains to do some hunting and camping. We never did see any huntable wildlife, but we weren't trying that hard. It was more of a get away from town and do a bit of camping sort of trip.

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