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WILLIWAW CAMPGROUND, AK

Photo: WILLIWAW CAMPGROUND
Status: Closed through Wed May 21 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Williwaw Campground, an idyllic area, sits beside Williwaw Creek near the town of Girdwood, Alaska. The campground boasts prime fishing, hiking and wildlife watching.

Next to the campground is the Williwaw Salmon Viewing Area, a top-notch spot for watching salmon. In August, visitors can see these fish spawning in impressive numbers through the translucent waters.

The area is a great place to view the glaciated valley and the Portage Glacier. Over the past 80 years the glacier calved large icebergs into Portage Lake, located just east of the campground.

Natural Features:

The campground sits in the Portage Valley of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula in the Chugach National Forest. The forest, spanning 5,361,803 acres is comprised of arid tundra wilderness, jagged mountains, deep fjords and glacier-fed rivers that surround the Prince William Sound.

Recreation:

Wildlife viewing includes moose, brown and black bears, mountain goats, lynx, bald eagles and wolves.

The Williwaw Nature Trail can be reached from the campground. It heads to the Williwaw Fish Viewing Platform, passes under the highway bridge and follows Williwaw Creek to a series of ponds.

The trail then connects to the Trail of Blue Ice, which accesses the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center. The Trail of Blue Ice is also popular among mountain bikers.

Facilities:

Drinking water from hand pumps, vault toilets, picnic tables and a parking area are provided at Williwaw Campground. Campsites are nicely separated, but no electric hookups are available.

Nearby Attractions:

Consider visiting the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Portage Glacier, the town of Whittier and Byron Glacier.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Biking
  • Drinking Water (Hand Pump)
  • Hiking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Vault Toilets
Within 10 Miles
  • Visitor Center
Know Before You Go
  • Be bear aware; keep all food out of sight in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from area after eating
  • For more information on Chugach National Forest, click here
  • Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    60.78667, -148.8775
    60°47'12"N, 148°52'39"W

    From Anchorage go 55 miles south on Seward highway to Portage Glacier Road (milepost 78.9). The campground is located at mile 4.1 of the Portage Glacier Road.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    WILLIWAW CAMPGROUND
    800EAST DIMOND BLVD SUITE3-405
    ANCHORAGE AK 99515

    Phone Number:

    Project Office:(907)522-8368