9.5 Excellent

Base Camp Kennicott

Chitina, Alaska

End of McCarthy Rd
Chitina, Alaska 99566
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 5
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 61.43368
Longitude: -142.94407

Elevation: 1377' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access ?
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot no
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
  • Restrooms Restrooms no
  • Showers Showers no
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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2 Reviews

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2019 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

This campground is now called BASE CAMP KENNICOTT. Apparently under new ownership and it shows!! Camp host was polite and professional. It is located at the end of the McCarthy road and right on the river. The views are simply STUNNING. If you visit McCarthy/Kennicott area this is the place to camp/park. Camping $25 (no hookups and only non-potable water). Outhouses. Parking overnight if you are staying elsewhere is $10. Conveniently located a the footbridge, walk across and catch a shuttle. We camped at Base Camp Kennicott in a Tent.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Number
Site Surface
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Sewer Connection

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

The campground is located at the end of McCarthy road next to the Kennicott River and the pedestrian footbridge in Wrangell-St Elias National Park. McCarthy Road is a 60 mile dirt road that is completely full of potholes and rutted. It took us about 3.5 hours to make the 60-mile drive in our 31' class C. Drive it with extreme caution and have at least one spare tire. Base Camp is roughly 80 acres in size and is simply a wide open space. Anywhere on the property where you can drive your RV or pitch a tent is fair game for camping. The Kennicott River and glaciers provide an incredible backdrop to this amazing place. It's $20 a night and the only toilets available are outhouses. All fire rings are just rocks placed in circles by previous campers. The location absolutely can't be beat since it's right at the footbridge where you can grab a van ride to McCarthy or Kennecott Mine for $5 each way. You won't need a dingy vehicle here since you can only walk or take the shuttle vans into McCarthy and Kennecott Mine. In mid-August there were no crowds and we could easily take advantage of everything in Wrangell-St Elias National Park. This place is all about location and if you love adventure this place won't disappoint. Google Root Glacier Base Camp to see overhead and street views of this awesome place. We camped at Base Camp Kennicott in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Surface
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Sewer Connection

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Take a guided tour of the Kennecott Mine provided by St Elias Alpine guides. They also offer guided hikes of Root Glacier or you can venture onto the glacier yourself. We also hiked to Bonanza Mine, a 13-mile round trip hike that offered incredible views of Blackburn Mountain.

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