Salmon Lake Campground
Guide

Introduction

Situated on the shores of Salmon Lake in Nome, Alaska, this secluded and remote campsite offers the perfect opportunity for camping in the Arctic wilderness. The lakeside campground is dominated by the wind-whipped tundra and the impressive Kigluiak Mountains in the background. Providing unique scenery and the perfect location to relax and unwind, this remote campground is one of the most tranquil spots in the state.

Approximately 40 miles from Nome in Alaska, the Salmon Lake Campground is located on the shores of Salmon Lake on the Seward Peninsula. It is maintained by the US Bureau of Land Management, and it is a free campsite with just the basics. With a sandy beach for swimming and walking, an abundance of wildlife, and so much to explore, this is a great site for those who want to explore the great Alaskan outdoors. The site was originally named after miners in the early 1990s reported that the shores were red with spawned out salmon. As a result, this shore is undoubtedly a popular pick for those who love to fish.

If you are considering an RV trip to the Salmon Lake Campground, check out our in-depth guide of the area, with local activities, transport ideas, and everything else you may need to know before your trip.

RV Rentals in Salmon Lake Campground

Transportation

Driving

If you are planning to visit Salmon Lake Campground for an idyllic and therapeutic getaway, the easiest way to get there is by car. The campground is situated around 38 miles north of the town of Nome. Take the Nome- Kougarak Highway, before turning right at milepost 38 and traveling along the one-mile gravel road. This turning is quite tight, and it should be noted that this road can be quite a bumpy ride. Drive slowly as there are said to be potholes.

The campsite is closed in the winter, but if you are visiting the area in the colder months, it is important to remember that roads may be closed due to poor driving conditions. As a result, it is advised that you check the weather report before you leave as it can get treacherous.

Parking

There are several parking areas in and around the Salmon Lake Campground and you will also have space for your vehicle at your campsite.

Public Transportation

The Salmon Lake Campground is located in a particularly remote and secluded location, and as a result, there is currently no public transport to the area.

Campgrounds and parking in Salmon Lake Campground

Campsites in Salmon Lake Campground

First-come first-served

Salmon Lake Campground

Offering primitive camping in a nine-acre complex, the Salmon Lake Campground includes six different campsites. The campsite is open in the summer months, and it works on a first-come-first-served basis. The amenities are pretty basic, with just a single vault toilet, no shower facilities and no hook-up options. However, the single door outhouse is kept clean and there are two trash receptacles. Plus, there are also bear-proof lockers available so you can safely store your food. Each campsite is equipped with a fire pit and picnic table for your convenience. It should be noted that there is no running water here. However, just before the turning for this campground (Mile 46) there is a public use fountain that pumps crystal clear potable water from a nearby stream.

Bering Land Bridge National Preserve

Although there are no designated camping areas in the Bering Land Bridge Preserve, camping is common alongside recreational activities in the area. This magical place offers a unique geological beauty and it is one of the most remote preserves in the country.

This is a primitive location, providing backcountry camping with no facilities. If you are planning on staying here, please ensure that you maintain the Leave No Trace principles. Furthermore, it is recommended that you store your food securely, pay attention to the weather forecast, and respect the local wildlife.

Seasonal activities in Salmon Lake Campground

In-Season

Wildlife Watching

The area surrounding the Salmon Lake Campground is packed with local wildlife native to the region. Bird watchers will enjoy the opportunity to see red-necked grebe, red-throated loon, long-tailed duck and even the chance to spot the elusive bluethroat.

Red foxes and grizzly bears often feed on the salmon in the river. If you are looking to spot a grizzly, the early mornings and twilight are the best times to venture out. Remember you should never approach them and be aware of current advice regarding bear safety. Plus, with them frequently foraging for food in the area you should advantage of the campground's bear safe lockers for your food supplies.

Boating

Lots of people visit the Salmon Lake Campground to spend time on the water, with boating being a popular pastime. Rentals are available but you will need to make reservations in advance and there is no office near the lake itself. There is a boat launch at the campsite so you can easily get your paddle boat or motorized boat on the water. If you are visiting Salmon Lake for boating fun, make sure to check the conditions before you travel.

Swimming

The sandy beach at the Salmon Lake Campground is where visitors love to swim. Dive into the crystal clear cool waters of the lake for a refreshing and rejuvenating start to your day. Depending on the time of year, if you want to swim, you may be better opting for a wetsuit. If you are visiting the campground in the summer, it is advised that you pack strong bug spray to protect from mosquitoes.

Off-Season

Photography

Alaska is a beautiful State, and the breath-taking scenery and varied wildlife make this an ideal location for photography. With impressive shots and insta-worthy scenery around every corner, this is a truly photogenic location. Whether you are a beginner to taking pics, just an amateur or a seasoned pro, you are bound to get the shot of a lifetime. If you plan to take pictures of the wildlife in the area, an early morning stroll is the best chance to spot a grizzly bear.

Fishing

The opportunity to catch salmon in Alaska is simply too good to miss, and Salmon Lake is the northernmost run of sockeye salmon. However, salmon is not the only fish in these waters. There is a variety of species including arctic grayling, round whitefish, and burbot.

With fishing being one of the most popular recreational activities in the area, people visit from all over to cast a line. It is recommended you check the currents state information regarding fishing regulations and whether you will require an appropriate permit or license.

Hiking

The surrounding area is ideal for hikers and explorers. Although there are not many trails close by, the nearest one is the Salmon Lake/ Redoubt Lake trail. This is 5.9 miles and moderate difficulty, with the terrain being quite rough in areas.

Lots of people who visit the site prefer hiking off-trail or follow the gravel roads into the town of Nome. If you plan on hiking alone, stay safe and always let someone know your route.