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Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has a variety of roadside campgrounds. All campsites are on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is no reservation system for refuge campgrounds. Federal Interagency Senior and Access Passes reduce camping fees by 50% in refuge campgrounds. Camping may not exceed 14 days in a 30-day period anywhere on the refuge. Stay limits are two days at the Russian River Access Area or seven consecutive days at Hidden Lake Campground.


Fires in developed campgrounds are allowed but restricted to grates, barbeques, or stoves. Campers may cut firewood, but only dead or down wood may be collected. Attend fires at all times. Completely put out fires before you leave.


Pets must be on a leash no longer than nine feet. Owners must be in control of pets at all times and must clean up pet waste.

Backcountry Camping

Backcountry Camping is permitted 1/4-mile away from the Sterling Highway, Skilak Lake Road, Swanson River Road, and Swan Lake Road. Please practice Leave No Trace.

Learn more about camping opportunities in the National Wildlife Refuge System.