BLM Implementing Campground Fee Changes along Dalton Highway

New fees will improve services for visitors and ensure fair return for public


Bureau of Land Management

BLM Office:

Fairbanks District Office

Media Contact:

Lesli Ellis-Wouters

FAIRBANKS, Alaska – The Bureau of Land Management intends to implement new overnight camping fees at three campgrounds along the Dalton Highway beginning this summer to keep pace with consistently growing public use and maintenance costs.

Dalton Highway is Alaska’s only road connection between the interior of the state and the North Slope. Between 2011-2018, the BLM recorded a 409% increase in visits along the route with about 15,000 visits annually to the sites impacted by these changes.

In summer 2022 and 2023, the BLM may start charging $10 per night at three previously free campgrounds to help pay for maintenance and improvements. A new fee is also proposed for an RV dump station at Five Mile Campground. The establishment of the new fee sites is detailed in today’s Federal Register.

Fees have not been charged at Five Mile, Arctic Circle, and Galbraith Lake campgrounds since they were developed in the 1990s. The new fees will make BLM fees consistent with similar recreational opportunities offered by the state and other federal agencies in the region. 

In addition to establishing permanent tent and trailer campsites, the BLM has improved area campgrounds with new picnic tables and fire rings. Other amenities included in some campgrounds are pull-through sites, garbage collection, and vault toilets.

“While the fee changes are relatively small, they’ll make a big difference for improving and maintaining campgrounds,” said Tim La Marr, the BLM’s Central Yukon Field Manager. “They are also part of the BLM’s efforts to improve access to recreation on public lands, respond to increased visitation to the Dalton Highway area and support Alaska’s tourism economy.”

Fee increases by site and year

Recreation Site Existing Fee New Fee Year of Change
Arctic Circle $0 $10 2022
Five Mile $0 $10 2023
Five Mile RV Dump Station Use Fee $0 $5 2023
Galbraith Lake $0 $10 2023


The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act of 2004 requires that all fees collected from recreation sites be reinvested for services, maintenance, and improvements to the sites. Fees may be adjusted from time to time to reflect changes in costs, due to inflation, and to ensure a fair return for the use of public lands.

Questions about the new fees may be directed to Assistant Field Manager Bill Hedman at (907) 474-2375.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.