Public Camping along the main Alaska Highway, from Dawson Creek, BC to Delta Junction, AK, and the Richardson Hwy from there to Fairbanks, AK, is the subject of this post. Other highways that connect with the Alaska Highway, will be the subjects of other posts within this thread. To qualify for inclusion on this thread, the campsite must be a traditional campground (not a travel center/truck stop/rest area) within 20 miles of the Highway. Bear in mind that this is northern country and most campgrounds are only open from about mid-May to mid-September. Some sites cannot accommodate a long rig, and most provincial parks in Canada do not have hookups or dump stations. For best information, a copy of the most recent Milepost book is highly recommended. It includes all services, including camping (both public and private). Note that cell and Internet service is very “iffy” in many parts of this area. You will find it in the larger towns and cities, but it may not be compatible with your carrier. MP=Milepost #, which is the approximate mileage from Dawson Creek. Note: It is the actual mileage, not the Historic Mileage.
BC: British Columbia:
Kiskatinaw Provincial Park, MP 17.3
Beatton Provincial Park, 5 m east of MP 49.5
Charlie Lake Provincial Park, MP 53.6
Duhu Lake Provincial Park, 5.8 m w of MP 154.5
Note: Mentioned in The Milepost 2018, but does not have its own BC website. Another website had a review that said this was a free site.
Buckinghorse River Wayside Provincial Park, Sikanni Chief, MP 173.3
Andy Bailey Regional Park, 6 m east of MP 265.5
Note: This campground has just a few campsites with very little on them. BYO everything! It's about 6 miles down a dirt and gravel road. Large RV's and trailers might want to note that there is only one place to turn around, if you change your mind, about 3 miles down that road.
Tetsa River Regional Park (formerly Provincial Park), MP 344.7
Note: Small amount of camping right on the water. BYO Everything.
Summit Lake Campground, Stone Mountain Provincial Park, MP 373.6
McDonald Creek Provincial Park, MP 384.2
Muncho Lake Provincial Park
Note: Strawberry Flats Campground, Muncho Lake Provincial Park, MP 437.6
McDonald Campground, Muncho Lake Provincial Park, MP 442.9
Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park, Mile 477.7
YT: Yukon Territory
Note: Yukon has a lot of government campgrounds, but they are almost all first-come, first-served without a reservation system. They are also difficult to get a lot of information about. Highly recommend downloading the PDF documents below, to help you find the YT government campsites. Having a copy of The Milepost will also help you find commercial alternatives, in the event that a public site is full.
Yukon Camping and Map PDF
Yukon Camping and Map PDF 2
Note: You need Adobe reader to access these documents!
Watson Lake Campground – Government, Watson Lake, MP 615.3
Big Creek Government Campground, MP 651.2
Teslin Lake Campground, Teslin, MP 785.2
Sequanga Lake Campground, MP 821
Marsh Lake Campground, MP 859.9
Wolf Creek Campground, Whitehorse, MP 876.8
Robert Service Campground, City of Whitehorse, MP 887.4
Lake LeBarge Campground, Whitehorse
Note: 20 miles north of the AK Hwy on YT-2.
Tahkini River Campground, Kluane, 9 mi from MP 927.3
Note: The access road is winding, hard-packed dirt and gravel, slippery when wet, and not recommended for large RV's and trailers.
Kusawa Lake Campground, Kluane/Haines Jct.,14.7 m from MP 927.3
Note: The access road is winding, hard-packed dirt and gravel, slippery when went, and not recommended for large RV's and trailers.
Pine Lake, Haines Jct., MP 980.8
Congdon Creek, Destruction Bay, MP 1039.3
Lake Creek Campground, MP 1117.1
Snag Junction, Beaver Creek, MP 1153
Note: Yukon tourism website indicates that this campground has been recently closed due to a fire. Please inquire locally before counting on it for your overnight stay. Beaver Creek has a commercial campground or two.
AK: Alaska, USA
Deadman Lake Campground, Fish & Wildlife Service, MP 1214.3
Note: Limited sites for long RV's.
Lakeview Campground, Fish & Wildlife Service, MP 1221.7
Note: Limited sites for long RV's.
Tok River State Recreation Site Campground, Tok, MP 1274.2
Moon Lake State Recreation Site Campground, Tok, MP 1296.9
Clearwater State Recreation Site, Delta Junction, MP 1379.8
Delta State Recreation Site, Delta Junction, MP 1388
Quartz Lake State Recreation Area, Delta Junction, MP 1398.7
Birch Lake State Recreation Site, MP 1426.2
Harding Lake State Recreation Area, Salcha, 1442
Salcha River State Recreation Area, Salcha, MP 1444
Chena Lake Recreation Area, North Pole, MP 1467.6
Note: 2 campgrounds: Lake Park and River Park.
Whitefish State Park Campground, Fairbanks
Next up.....highways in and around Alaska, followed by some of the other highways that connect to the AK Highway in BC and YT.