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PTARMIGAN CREEK, AK

part ofChugach National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: PTARMIGAN CREEK
Status: Closed through Wed May 21 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Ptarmigan Creek is a small, peaceful campground with incredible views of the Chugach Mountains. Nestled beside Ptarmigan Creek and a short walk from Kenai Lake, the campground creates an ideal location for avid wildlife enthusiasts, hikers and anglers.

Miles of hiking and biking trails weave throughout the area, and moose, brown and black bear, sheep and goats can be found across a large part of the forest.

Natural Features:

The campground sits in a wooded area at 470 feet elevation along Ptarmigan Creek. Campsites are shaded by spruce and paper birch, and mountain views are all around.

The campground is part of the Kenai Peninsula in the western part of Chugach National Forest. A largely alpine region with miles of fishing streams and remote mountain peaks, Chugach extends across more than 5 million acres of arid tundra wilderness, rugged mountains, deep fjords and the Prince William Sound.

Recreation:

From late August to early September campers can view red salmon spawning in the creek from Ptarmigan Creek's fish viewing platform.

Fishing is a popular pastime, and dolly varden and rainbow trout are frequent catches.

The Ptarmigan Lake Trail takes hikers along the shore of the turquoise lake and inclines up through meadows, brush and forest.

Facilities:

Campground amenities include drinking water, vault toilets, picnic tables, campfire rings and dumpsters. No RV hookups are available but firewood is sold on-site. Parking aprons are gravel.

Nearby Attractions:

Visitors enjoy the Portage Glacier in the nearby Portage Valley, a 14-mile isthmus that connects the Kenai Peninsula to mainland Alaska. Glacial remnants that can be seen today are Explorer, Middle, Byron, Burns and Shakespeare glaciers.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Be bear aware; keep all food out of site in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from area after eating
  • Click here for more information on Chugach National Forest

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
60.40778, -149.35972
60°24'28"N, 149°21'35"W

From Anchorage, go south on Seward Highway to Crown Point, approximately 100 miles. The campground is located at Milepost 23.1.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

PTARMIGAN CREEK
800EAST DIMOND BLVD SUITE3-405
ANCHORAGE AK 99515

Phone Number:

Project Office:(907)522-8368
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