Paxson Lake Campground
Volunteer Host Position Description
Paxson Lake Campground is located adjacent to Paxson Lake at Milepost 175 on the Richardson Highway. The country is very scenic with the Alaska Range visible on clear days. Vegetation is spruce forest (taiga) and tundra. Wildlife is often seen - eagles, moose, caribou, waterfowl, porcupine and more. Paxson Lake is well-known for lake trout fishing.
The campground facilities include: 50 campsites (10 walk-in sites and 40 vehicle sites, with a table, parking and fire ring), boat launch, outhouses, trails, information/interpretive panels, and fee station. The campground has potable water (hand pump) and an RV dump station with non-potable water.
Snow opens and closes the campground. The ice generally goes off Paxson Lake in early June. The campground and boat launch are busy through Labor Day. Heaviest use is generally over the July 4th holiday. Paxson Lake Campground is the put-in point for many rafters and canoeist that float the Gulkana Wild River.
Duties of the campground host will be checking campers for fee payment; helping the campers and providing area information; explaining campground and Gulkana Wild River use policies while operating an educational contact station; issuing loaner river toilets; light maintenance duties such as staining picnic tables and picking up excess litter; reading traffic counter and maintaining records of campground and boat launch use daily; and, reporting any problems or incidents to the Outdoor Recreation Planner.
Garbage collection and outhouse maintenance are performed two or three times per week under contract or by maintenance staff. Facility repairs are done by the BLM recreation maintenance worker.
Dates of duty are approximately Memorial Day through Labor Day. The work rotation is generally 10 workdays on and 4 days off (every other Monday-Thursday).
Campground host amenities will include a $42/day meal cost reimbursement and mileage payment for use of personal vehicle (generally one trip to the Field Office each work rotation). It also includes some reimbursement for generator fuel and propane.
The position requires that the host provide their own housing in the form of a recreational vehicle. Hookups for non-potable water and septic holding tank are available (no electrical available). Potable water (from hand pump) and a BLM dump station are located at Paxson Lake Campground. Communication with the Field Office and other BLM campgrounds will be by two way radio and satellite phone supplied by BLM. Cell phone coverage is generally available at this facility. A Kawasaki Mule UTV is provided for daily work.
Meiers Lake Lodge (located five miles south of Paxson Campground) has a restaurant, fuel, telephone, and lodging. Most other facilities are 60 miles to the south in Glennallen. Facilities include Cross Roads Medical Center (with pharmacy, clinic and emergency room), bank, gas stations, grocery stores, dump station, restaurants, post office, State Troopers, visitor center, chamber of commerce, library and more. Prices are fairly high. The BLM Glennallen Field Office is located in Glennallen at Milepost 186.5 on the Glenn Highway (70 miles to the south from the campground).
June is usually somewhat dry and sunny. July is often rainy and August varies, with autumn arriving about mid-month. It can snow during any month, but also can get in the 80's during the summer. Be prepared for any kind of weather.