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HARRIS RIVER CAMPGROUND, AK

part ofTongass National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: HARRIS RIVER CAMPGROUND
Status: Closed through Thu May 08 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Harris River Campground is located on Prince of Wales Island on a paved highway just 10 miles from the Hollis Ferry Terminal and 20 miles from the Craig/Klawock area. Visitors enjoy hiking, fishing and viewing abundant wildlife.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated along the Harris River, a short drive from hiking trails and fishing outposts, within the Tongass National Forest, which covers nearly 17 million acres in southeast Alaska and is the largest forest in the national forest system.

The Tongass surrounds the Inside Passage, the network of waterways that buffers the jagged Alaskan Coast and a cluster of coastal islands. The Tongass offers visitors a chance to view wildlife, including eagles, bears and spawning salmon. Expansive vistas of fjords, glaciers and mountain peaks abound. Much of the forest is a temperate rain forest.

Recreation:

Hiking, fishing and wildlife viewing are popular activities. The Harris River Trail and the Twentymile Spur Trail both pass along the Harris River. The latter ends at a set of beaver ponds.

A short boardwalk trail dissects the campground to offer campers a close-up view of a muskeg habitat without getting their feet wet. A bridge and short path across the Harris River connect the campground to the Harris River Picnic Area.

About two miles east of the campground is the Harris River Interpretive Trail, which provides information about recent river restoration work and habitat management experiments.

Facilities:

The campground offers accessible campsites, each equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring. Accessible pit toilets, drinking water and trash collection are provided. A campground host is on-site. No hookups are available.

Nearby Attractions:

The One Duck Trail was originally constructed by the Youth Conservation Corps in the mid-1980's. The trail offers a challenging hike and spectacular views of the Harris River watershed award those who complete it.

Prince of Wales Island offers boat rentals, fishing supplies and other conveniences a short drive away.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Picnic Areas
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Accessible Sites
  • Birding
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Parking Area
  • Self Pay Station
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
Know Before You Go
  • This is bear country; all food and trash must be properly stored in approved bear-proof containers
  • Parking spurs are narrow and perpendicular to the campground road; large RVs may be difficult to back in
  • No hookups available
  • Roads may be under construction
  • Click here for more information on Prince of Wales Island
  • Click here for more information on the Tongass National Forest

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
55.46722, -132.85556
55°28'2"N, 132°51'20"W

From Ketchikan take the Inter-Island Ferry to Hollis on Prince of Wales Island. From Hollis, take Highway 924 for approximately 10 miles. The campground will be on the left (south) side of the road just past the Hydaburg Road junction adjacent to the Harris River.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

HARRIS RIVER CAMPGROUND
PO BOX 500
CRAIG AK 99921

Phone Number:

Project Office:(907)826-3271
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