Paxson Lake Campground


Paxson Lake Campground

MP 175 Richardson Hwy

Large boat launch and parking area for 70 vehicles, toilet, boater registration stand and information panels.

RV Dump station – $10 fee for non-campers.

50 campsites 

First Loop: 20 camp sites, universally accessible toilets, one hand pump well, rules/map panels and bulletin boards, and boardwalk to lake.

Second Loop: 20 camp sites, 10 walk in sites, toilets (1 universally accessible), rules/map panels and bulletin boards. Trail and bridge across the creek between the two loops.

Fee Station: Per night = $15 drive in site; $6/Walk in site; Federal Senior Pass half price.


BLM Alaska Recreation Guide 


This recreation site provides 50 campsites (which includes a host site, two accessible campsites and ten walk-in camping sites), picnic tables and fire rings. Other amenities within the facility include six double vaulted toilets (three accessible), numerous bear-proof trash receptacles and food lockers, parking for vehicles and trailers, a paved boat launch, potable water, a sanitary dump station, accessible trails, picnic area, boater information cabin, and interpretive panels dispersed throughout the site.  

Natural Features

Paxson Lake Campground is located at MP 175 of the Richardson Highway near the shore of Paxson Lake. The campground has 50 camp sites, including 2 accessible sites and 10 walk-in sites. All campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis and have access to water, picnic tables, fire rings, and restrooms. Fees: $15/night for regular, $6/night for walk-in site. The campground's boat launch is the starting point for those floating the main branch of the Gulkana Wild and Scenic River. Located in the 1st loop of Paxson Campground is a foot trail shore access to the lake and boat mooring area.


This location is unstaffed. To speak with our main office for general information, please call: (907) 822-3217.

Nearby Attractions

Denali Highway Info Gulkana Wild and Scenic River Denali Highway 


View of Paxson
View of Paxson
Campsite at Paxson Lake Campground
Campsite at Paxson Lake Campground
BLM Paxson Lake
BLM Paxson Lake

Adventure is at Your Fingertips


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PO Box 147


  • All sites are on a first come first serve basis. Fee's Per night = $15 drive in site; $6 Walk in site.
  • The Paxson Lake Campground opening and closing dates are weather dependent and may vary from season to season. May 30th Mermorial Day through the first week in September (Labor Day) is typically when the site is accessible and open to the public.