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Posted: 02/25/12 05:04pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are hoping that our funds allow us to take the Alaska ferry. If so we plan make as many stops at possible. What campgrounds do you recommend at the above cities. I have checked at rvparkreviews.com but also thought I would check here. Thanks in advance.


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Last time we were in Haines, 2009, we stayed at the Oceanside RV Park. Great view but of the large gravel parking lot type of CG. The sites were back in up against a wood rail that held the utilities, water and elec. Sewer was under the railing as I remember. The scenery is what this campground is all about. Fun to watch the water birds, the boats, ferry ships go by, etc. Much of the town is within walking distance of the CG.
The Hitch-Up CG is on north edge of town so isn't water front but looked nice when we drove by, entering and leaving town.
I have been to the other towns you asked about but never with our RVs, always stayed in hotels when I was there.

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This is the view from the campground looking out over Lynn Canal. Skagway would be to the left and Juneau to the right.



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You can check our blog for where we stayed during our May-June 2009 trip up the inside passage. The first stop was Ketchikan.


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Go on line or go to your local book store and get a copy of "The Milepost". It is updated every year and it is the ultimate reference for anyone traveling to Alaska & Western Canada. It covers every mile you will drive and you should not plan a trip up north without it!!!!


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gswcgi wrote:

Go on line or go to your local book store and get a copy of "The Milepost". It is updated every year and it is the ultimate reference for anyone traveling to Alaska & Western Canada. It covers every mile you will drive and you should not plan a trip up north without it!!!!


Thanks, we already plan to buy the 2012 Milepost when it comes out in March.

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Along with the Milepost, make sure you have a most recent copy of the book, Alaskan Camping by Mike and Terri Church. The two books are a good compliment to each other. The Church book is the most honest review of northern campgrounds, IMHO. Mike and Terri, the books authors, are the ones that do the updates, not some un-named "field editor" who mainly is in the business of selling advertisements. If a business doesn't advertise in the Milepost, they most likely won't even be mentioned in print. The Churchs don't accept advertisement and put their names and faces on every book, with an email address where you can communicate with them. It helps greatly IMHO.
I also recommend, for what it's worth, to contact Tim Bell to obtain his brochures, many/most of which are free. Also available at many visitor centers in the north. Tim grew up at a family owned/operated Alaska Hwy roadhouse.
www.themilepost.com The Milepost site
www.rollinghomes.com Church's site
www.bellsalaska.com Tim Bells site

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We did a Haines side trip last year. Stayed at the SP at the end of the fjiord.
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Are you taking the Ferry going to or coming back? I sold the Roadtrek last week so have a little more in the travel budget. We are now looking at the Ferry one way also. What do the experts recommend? Ferry up (mid-June), or Ferry back (late August)? lizzie

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For us the decision was made as to when we had a fixed date to depart on the ferry. In 2004 we rode it south from Skagway to Bellingham since we had a time that we needed to be back home to Florida. Last summer, 2011, we were not sure as to when we would leave Alaska to come back south, so we rode the ferry north, Prince Rupert to Skagway. My wife and I both prefer the route north out of Prince Rupert. It is a shorter trip, less expensive and most of the best scenery is north of PR in my opinion. So for us, picking a fixed date for a reservation is the main consideration in going north or south. One way or the other you have to pick a departure date, when you want to get on the ferry, if you are going to get a reservation.

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We have been on the ferry 3x. Make sure you plan your trip so that you are travelling during daylight hours. Often times the ferry would leave very early in the a.m. and we would stay overnight at the dock. Ferry personnel would come through and bang on the rv door to make sure we were awake and preparing to drive aboard. Also, we got to meet other travellers while hanging around.


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