Two public campgrounds along the Alaska Highway are operated and maintained by the Refuge. Campgrounds open in the spring when roads are cleared of snow (usually in April), and they remain open until late autumn when campground roads are still passable (usually October).
Deadman Lake Campground (MP 1249.3) has 15 campsites (4 sites are suitable for large motor homes up to 40 feet in length ) in the spruce forest along a half-mile loop road; firepits, toilets, picnic tables, a boat ramp and information board are available. (Note: There is no drinking water available at this site.) Please register at the kiosk once you've selected a site; first come, first serve - no reservations.
The self-guided ¼-mile Taiga Trail at Deadman Lake Campground is a boardwalk trail. From the observation deck at the end of the trail you may see waterfowl on the lake.
Lakeview Campground (MP 1256.7) has 11 campsites; available at this facility are tables, toilets, firepits, a photo blind, and garbage containers. Please sign the register at the kiosk once you've selected a site. NOTE: Lakeview is not recommended for trailers, 5th wheels or RVs over 30 feet; there is no drinking water available here.
Backcountry camping is allowed throughout the Refuge. Insects are less of a problem along river bars and ridges. Both black and grizzly bears occur on the Refuge. Please keep a clean campsite. Pamphlets concerning safety in bear country are available at the Visitor Center and Refuge headquarters and posted at campgrounds.
Avoiding a Bear Encounter
Being prepared is the best way to avoid a negative bear encounter. Keep a clean camp, make noise, and follow other guidelines in the link below to keep yourself and bears safe.
For more bear safety information, check: http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/safety/bears.htm
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