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part ofTongass National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sun Sep 06 2015   Season Dates


Last Chance Campground is located in the Ward Lake Recreation Area, 9 miles north of downtown Ketchikan and about 4 miles north of the State ferry terminal. This campground straddles Last Chance Creek and lies next to Ward Creek off Ward Lake, with easy access to fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing.

Natural Features:

Last Chance is surrounded by an old-growth temperate rainforest comprised primarily of western hemlock and Sitka spruce. Last Chance Creek flows through the campground, and Ward Creek runs alongside.

At nearly 17 million acres, the Tongass National Forest covers most of 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 coastline islands.

The Tongass offers visitors a chance to view wildlife, including eagles, bears and spawning salmon. Expansive vistas, including fjords, glaciers and mountain peaks abound.


Hiking is a popular option, as the Ward Lake Recreation Area boasts seven trails. The Ward Lake Nature Travel meanders 1.3 miles around the lake.

A large day-use complex with picnic sites and shelters is also available. Freshwater fishing, wildlife viewing and scenery are favorite draws at Ward Lake.


Last Chance Campground is designated to be fully accessible. Each campsite contains a picnic table, a campfire ring with grill and a gravel parking spur. Three hand pumps for drinking water and three vault toilets are provided.

Firewood may be provided but is not guaranteed. Firewood and other assistance may be obtained from the campground host located 2 miles away at Signal Creek Campground.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Campfire Rings
  • Creek Access
  • Drinking Water (Hand Pump)
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Recycling
  • Trash Collection
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Bait Shop
  • Bank
  • Boating
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing
  • Hospital
  • Lake Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Museum
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Post Office
  • Restaurant
  • Showers
  • Swimming
Know Before You Go
  • Black bears frequent the area, especially during August and September; all food should be stored inside closed vehicles
  • No hookups available
  • Nearest dump station is at the Ketchikan City Public Works department on Tongass Avenue, just north of the ferry terminal
  • Firewood may be available but is not guaranteed
  • Additional sites available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Use of the campground or road spurs by commercial operators, outfitters or guides is not permitted
  • Click here to learn more about Tongass National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by purchasing firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
55.43389, -131.68333
55°26'2"N, 131°41'0"W

From the Alaska State Ferry Terminal, take Tongass Highway north 4.8 miles. At milepost 7, turn right on Revilla Road and drive for 3 miles. The campground is on the right.

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Phone Number:

Project Office: (907)225-2148
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