Two free campgrounds between Tok and McCarthy, Alaska
Free camping in Alaska is ubiquitous. It’s everywhere! In this post, we’ll show you two free campgrounds between Tok and McCarthy.
But first, look who we found!
Sneaking up on The Motorhome Experiment in Tok
We were already planning on joining Paul and Lorena but thought we’d sneak up on them a bit earlier than expected. And we found them behind a Chevron in Tok, Alaska. Now the gang’s all together.
Free campgrounds between Tok and McCarthy
Gulkana River free camping
The scenery here gets better and better as you drive. We rolled down the road in the direction of McCarthy and planned to stay not too far away.
As we were driving, we saw a few RVs parked just after we crossed the Gulkana River. We saw a paved road heading in that direction, so we checked it out. Sure enough, it was a free camping spot that we hadn’t seen listed anywhere.
This site has a large flat lot with loads of room to park RVs. Class A’s and big rigs are no problem. There are a port-a-potty and a dumpster. We had decent AT&T and Verizon signal here.
Tour companies bring people to fly fish here for salmon. So it’s a little busy during the day. But it was super quiet at night.
We saw a bunch of bald eagles here, and if you go down by the river, you’ll get beautiful mountain views if the weather’s right. There was also a bunch of moose poop, but we didn’t see any moose.
A stop at the Wrangell St. Elias Visitors Center
You’ll get loads of info at the Wrangell St. Elias National Park visitors center. Stop in for the info and then take in the beautiful mountain views just a short walk away.
Copper River free camping
Right after you pass through the one lane rock wall at the start of McCarthy Road, you’ll cross over the Copper River.
There’s a campground on the left after you cross the river and one on the right. The one on the right is free.
Scout it out before you pick a spot because there are some pretty cool campsites tucked away. We were only able to get Verizon here. AT&T and T-Mobile were a no go.
This campground can get a bit rowdy. Tenters showed up at 3 am and made a ton of noise. People were pulling boats out until at least midnight. The river is about a 1/4 mile walk, and we again saw loads of bald eagles. This campground has two vault toilets.
If you were looking for free campgrounds between Tok and McCarthy, I hope this helped! If you know of any others that aren’t listed in the usual places, please share!
Next post: Can you take an RV on the road to McCarthy?
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