Drove thru park. The first-come, first-serve policy in this case doesn't work well for the on the road traveller. The park announces daily site availability after 11am. There is a lineup of cars/SUVs waiting for camp host. The only RVs in line are local area. When we pulled in, having come down from Ft Wainwright in Fairbanks, park was full. Fortunately we were able to get a site at Elmendorf FamCamp (which was wonderful). Black Spruce camp host mentioned we should come back next day after 11am. We called and drove by and discovered a lineup of 6 cars/SUVs and 2 campers at entrance. Lucky them. Hopefully, MWR will upgrade Elmendorf FamCamp to include sewer and add more 50amp service. Perhaps we can stay at Black Spruce should we venture back to Alaska in future years.
Spending the week here. The campground is about 75% occupied. Lots of active duty on the move. But there were no appearance of homesteading. Prices went up a little this year to $33 for a FHU site (high, but better than off base). We got lucky, as there were quite a few sites where the electric wasn't operational, but still had water and sewer. A truck hit a power station and knocked the electric out. They let us have one of those sites for $12 a night (we have lots of solar). Laundry isn't free anymore, but only a $1 (much better than off base). Very nice and large commissary and exchange. The volunteer camp host doesn't do much, other than answer questions. The hosts don't maintain the facilities or collect fees. The facilities do need some maintenance, especially trimming the bushes and trees in the sites and along the road. They don't know how soon the electric will be restored to those closed sites. Overall, a nice campground with lots to see and do in the Anchorage area.
Please be advised that they have started taking reservations for PCSing soldiers and airman which means that most of the full hook-up sites are full. They will move you if one comes open. The dry sites are on grass. Host are helpful and friendly.
Checked out this CG, we were going to stay here but there was no spots in hookup sites. The daily rate is $21 for full hookup now, not $18. The CG was fairly easy to find with GPS but didn't see any signs to direct us there. Spots are set up as pull thrus with hookups on the side nearest the road so your door faces the woods which is thick and you can't really see anything. The bathrooms and laundry area were very clean and seemed to be well maintained. We decided rather than waiting for a spot to maybe open up for us to go to Elmendorf instead, they had spots open. I would recommend this CG but either be prepared to wait for a spot to open or be prepared to go to another CG.
We stayed at Ft. Rich several times during our summer in Alaska. The first visit we only stayed in overflow for two hours before we were assigned a site. The longest we stayed in overflow was just two nights and then we were parked right across from the restrooms which was very convenient. The hosts do the best they can with what they have. The restrooms building is way too small for the size of the park with just one shower in each restroom. The building is very old and shows its age but the camp hosts keep it clean and well stocked. The campground roads are all dirt and gravel and everything was very dusty with the hot dry weather this year. We found the campsites to be large and level and easy to get into. There are several homesteaders, some that even stay through the winter. Our TV reception was spotty at best. One really great benefit was eating at the Elmendorf Dining Hall. Very good food at really cheap prices. The full hookup price of $18 is very good for the location although I think $10 for overflow it a little high.
This is a campground, that in some places looks like a trailer park. There are some full timers here. It shows trust me. Yes they have free laundry, which seems to make people happy. Pull-throughs are not as great as some may think. I have a 34' 5th wheel, I ended up backing the unit into the pull-through. The camp host are great, although they have three of them. The size of the park only needs two at the most. It is a good park, but not great. They really need to clean it up.
Environment, sites, location as noted previously. Very friendly and welcoming camp hosts. One host site had a local information booth which was a nice touch. You can also call hosts (907-384-7740) to find out what they have available before driving in. Limited shower, toilet, laundry facilities but all very clean and functional when we were there.
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