Black Bear Campground

Chugach National Forest

This location is available on a first-come, first-served basis only. Visitors are required to physically arrive at the campground to purchase and claim a site. Once on-site, you may be able to pay for your campsite(s) by scanning a QR code using the mobile app, and the Scan and Pay feature.

If this option is available, you will need to first download the free mobile app prior to your arrival as some remote areas have limited or no cellular service.

Vault toilets, picnic tables, and bear boxes are provided at Black Bear Campground. Campsites are nicely separated, but no electric hookups are available.

Need to Know

Natural Features

Black Bear campground sits in the stunning Portage Valley in the Chugach National Forest.

Nearby Attractions

Begich Boggs Visitor Center lies at the head of Portage Valley where you can learn about glaciers and Alaska. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is located on near the intersect of the Seward Higway and Portage Highway. Here you can see all different kinds of Alaskan wildlife. Portage Glacier Cruises offers the chance to ride a boat and get up close to Portage Glacier. 


Wildlife viewing includes moose, brown and black bears, mountain goats, lynx, bald eagles, and salmon.

The Trail of Blue Ice that stretches almost the entire length of Portage Valley can be reached from the campground. From this trail you can acces the Williwaw Nature Trail, Williwaw Fish Viewing Platform, Moose Flats Area, Begich Boggs Visitor Center, Byron Glacier Trail, and Portage Glacier Cruises.

Portage Lake, at the head of the valley, allows access for kayaking and packrafting. 

Contact Information


145 Forest Station Road P.O. Box 129 Girdwood AK 99587

Phone Number

For campground inquiries, please call: N/A

Rental Options

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Driving Directions

At mile post 78.9 of the Seward Highway, turn onto the Portage Highway. Drive 3.7 miles and the Black Bear Campground will be on your right. 

Available Campsites