I remember this recreation camp fondly. Through the years we stayed there often and went deep sea fishing. In those days, the Army camp next door was more spartan than the Air Force camp! But Seward was a great place to be in the summertime, and somehow, the primitiveness of the facilities didn't matter all that much, because it was all we had and it really was everything we needed: a small store, laundry, showers,campsites, fish cleaning station and freezers, and of course the beautiful mountains all around! Now it is closed and the Army facility next door is wonderful, but I still miss the unpretencious simplicity and of those earlier days!
Stayed here one night before moving to the better US Army Seaward Resort across the street. This (USAF)facility closes the end of August 2012. Spoke, or tried to speak with the female manager. She seemed to not care. The property goes to the city. Buildings will be auctioned off and moved from the FC. What a shame! This place is sitting on a gold mine. There is no excuse it could not be like the Army Rec area (across the street). Like Wright Patterson AFB Fam Camp, the woman who runs this place should have been replace, better yet fired, years ago. Was hoping to hear they would keep it open under new management. Army was offered this facility and turned it down. Few people we met here elected to stay night or so in the city camp ground (in front, across the street, of the Army Rec area) instead of staying in the USAF Fam Camp. Place looked horrible. People told us years ago it was nice and even had a shoppette. Sorry to see this place close.
R.L. left this review using the Directory software: It's definitely a fishing center. We don't fish but found it interesting to watch the action. The sites are pretty close together. I'd suggest losing the picnic tables or having a central picnic area. Most people had to move the table out of the way before they could occupy the site. A good place to stay while touring Seward.
This is a mecca for fishermen from all over Alaska. Since the summer season is so short the facilities get used pretty heavily and this one is no different. The staff was friendly and helpful. The facility is a great value. It is primitive as compared to most RV parks in the lower 48, but then again so are most of Alaska's RV parks. The showers were clean. There are only two, so plan ahead. There is no laundry facility for RVers, only for the cabin Inhabitants. Again, plan ahead. There is no military facility in Seward. It is just a camp with cabins and RV spaces. There are civilian facilities in Seward for groceries, gas, diesel and everything else that you need. I stayed here 4 nights. I loved it. I will stay again the next time that I visit Seward.
As a guest of three retired Air Force personal we rented a cabin in late August. Overall the facility was not service minded. Office hours were not convenient, there were no locations to wash coolers out after a day of fishing, no place to use a vacum sealer (other than the facility provided one needed custom vacum bags to use and one of their two units were not working), the cabin lighting was very poor, the cabin deck steps were unsafe and not to building code (two of our cabin partners fell on the steps), no one came to collect garbage, the primary entry door did not work correctly, the exterior decking was uneven and unsafe. I would not stay there again nor recommend it to any one. My friends said the Army facility is better operated and has better facilities.
We stayed here 5 nights (Jun 17 thru 21). Although this is a mecca for fishermen, I don't fish but we came here to see the sights. This campground is very conveniently located to downtown, right on the highway. People have said you can save a couple of bucks by dry camping downtown along the river. Actually, you can save $3; $15 downtown, $18 here at the AF campground. However, that $3 gets you 30 amp electric, which in my book is worth $3 a day. Water front sites downtown offer electric hookups for $30 a day. Most sites are narrow. Picnic tables at each site, but not enough room on some sites to really use them. Well equipped playground for the kiddies. Arrive empty; you can fill up with fresh water via a threaded connection (two locations). Convenient dump station. Army campground right next door with a pub and snack bar/cafe where you can get halibut and get online with their wifi. No problems getting online with my Verizon data card (although it's an extended area and therefore slower than a Verizon area). The office says they are no longer a Famcamp, and didn’t have a stamp for the coupon book. I would stay here again. Steve Turney
The Air Force FamCamp suffers quite a bit in comparison with the Army facility right next door. However, it does provide the basics and is conveniently located right on the highway just north of town with a Safeway market nearby. If you fish, this is a great place. If not, it is a moderately run-down campground with an occasional bear begging fish scraps. The staff was helpful, although there were non-DOD campers who admitted to me they were there with the connivance of the staff. Lots of traffic and little or no security. I would, however, stay there again. Far from the worst campground we've seen!
As a fisherman it was great but that was taken away by the overall filth and lack of attitude by the workers at the USAF side. The manager is often not there, he is out fishing or taking time off. Many of the camp sites are used by the locals and are full of junk boats and trash trailers. This is with the approval of the manager. There is no water or sewage at the sites and at a rate of $17 a day you can save $2 a day by dry camping along the water in town. While there the USAF inspector gave the place a rating of excellent and when I showed her the slim and green growth in the showers she ask what I really expected for $17 a day. The Army side it one of the best run campgrounds we have been in while in Alaska. The overall cleanless and helpfullness of the people made this the best part of the stay in Seward.
Seward Rec camp, both the Army and Air Force side is primarily there so the troops can have a place to camp when they go fishing. WHY you would go there and not fish is beyond me. You're in a Deep water port, it WILL smell like fish. The Air Force side has semi-secluded sites and the Army has wide open sites but also has nice apartments you can rent on a daily basis. If you want to fish for Halibut and Salmon, this campground is for you. The fish cleaning station is 5 stars!! If you're there to just see Seward, don't spend the night, leave it for the fishermen and women.
This is the worst military campground I have visited. If I were a fisherman, I would rate it a bit better. The campground is a large gravel lot and the sites are as close together as any private park. Electric hookups only but several potable water spigots are located within the park. The problem with this is that some of the many kids use the spigots as water fountains and places to wash their hands. A large fish cleaning station is in the park and when the wind is right, the smell is sickening. If you like a lot of kids and the smell of fish, this is the park for you.
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