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TENDERFOOT CREEK, AK

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

Overview

Tenderfoot Creek Campground unveils views of the surrounding mountains from every direction and offers campsites that face the edge of a glistening lake.

Perched along Summit Lake on the Eastern Kenai Peninsula of Alaska, Tenderfoot Creek provides an ideal destination for fishing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking and wildlife watching.

Campers may experience morning wakeup calls from loons or view bald eagles fishing in the clear waters. Impressive wildlife inhabitants include moose, brown and black bears, mountain goats, lynx and wolves.

Natural Features:

Campsites are nicely spaced along the eastern shores of Summit Lake. Tenderfoot Creek passes through the campground and surrounding greenery includes spruce and hemlock.

Summit Lake is a small cirque lake, or tarn, reaching a depth of 20 feet. This cirque was the beginning of a long-gone, alpine glacier. The surrounding terrain and unique mountain landscape is all glacially carved.

Recreation:

The Summit Lake Trail heads south of Summit Lake and connects with the Resurrection Pass Trail, a wonderful 39-mile hiking and biking trail that climbs 2,100 feet of elevation, providing excellent views of the area.

The lake is stocked with Dolly Varden and Rainbow trout. Winter recreation includes backcountry skiing, snow boarding and snowshoeing.

Facilities:

Tenderfoot Creek campers enjoy amenities such as drinking water, vault toilets, picnic tables, trash collection, fire pits and a boat ramp. The majority of campsites are pull-throughs and parking aprons are gravel. Firewood can be purchased onsite.

Nearby Attractions:

Visit Portage Glacier in the 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
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water (Hand Pump)
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Fishing
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Kayaking
  • Lake Access
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Self Pay Station
  • Site Pads
  • Waterfront Sites
Within 10 Miles
  • Restaurant
  • Trailheads
  • 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
  • Parking at boat ramp is limited
  • For more information on Chugach National Forest, click here

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
60.63556, -149.49583
60°38'8"N, 149°29'45"W

From Anchorage, go south on Seward Highway approximately 81 miles to Summit Lake. Turn at milepost 46 before Summit Lake Lodge.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

TENDERFOOT CREEK
MILE 46 SEWARD HWY
ANCHORAGE AK 99631

Phone Number:

Information: (907)522-8368
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