Starrigavan Recreation Area - 34 primitive campsites located in 3 loops; fully ADA accessible.
At a Glance
Variable fees: May 1 through September 15 campsite fees $12-$16, September 15-April 30 campsite fees $12; group site fee $30 ; cabin $50 a night.
Tongass NF - Sitka RD
Directions: Located 7 miles north of Sitka at the end of Halibut Point Road and 3/4 mile from Alaska Marine Highway ferry terminal. From airport drive north on Halibut Point Road to its endpoint. When exiting ferry terminal parking area turn left onto state highway for 3/4 mile.
Starrigavan Campsites is located ¾ mile from Alaska Marine Highway Sitka Ferry Terminal and is open year round (vehicle access restrictions September 16-April 30). Enjoy primitive camping amidst the vegetation of an old-growth hemlock-spruce forest located just beyond the floodwater of the Starrigavan estuary and along Starrigavan Creek. For further information or clarification of information listed here contact the Starrigavan Recreation Area manager at 907-747-4216 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Adjacent recreation opportunities include: Starrigavan Creek Cabin, picnicking, a series of loop hiking trails, biking, bird and wildlife viewing; freshwater and saltwater fishing. Peak Season May 1 to September 15 - access gates closed and locked daily 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. to maintain security and quiet camping environment (Labor Day-September 15 gates may close earlier due to less camping activity and decreased daylight). Campers arriving via ferry may check in with Starrigavan Cabin Host (located at last left hand turn before end of highway) until 10 pm. Registered campers may exit and re-enter when gates are closed. See Host for instructions. New arrivals after 10 p.m. with vehicles must wait until 7 a.m. (park in turnaround area at end of road near the gates), or try one of the two private RV parks (one 3/4 mile away, another in town 7 miles away), more information on these at www.sitka.org). Non-peak Season September 16 to April 30 - restricted vehicle access due to reduced daylight hours and snow/ice conditions on roadway. Call recreation area manager as listed below before making a reservation during the non-peak season that includes a vehicle. Facility overview: $12 to $16 a night for individual campsites (only one pull through), $30 a night for the two Group tent sites. Golden Age and Access cards or Interagency Senior and Access cards accepted for individual camp sites only. Restrictions on number of persons, tents and vehicles occupying campsites. 14 day limit per year in individual campsites, Group sites limited to seven consecutive nights per party within any 30 day period, all monitored and enforced. Vault style restrooms, garbage service in peak season, water, picnic tables, split firewood (cost not included in camping fee). No hookups. Dump station located at the city wastewater treatment plant 7 miles away. Open year round to tent camping. RV''s, trailers can be accommodated May 1 through late October in the Estuary Loop only. Hosts on site year round. Brown bears are at home in the Starrigavan area and can be present at anytime especially April through October. Occasionally bear activity forces closure of some reservation campsites. In those instances, incoming reservations will be accommodated in other campsites.
This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at www.recreation.gov. Reservations (check-in & check out time) are from 2 p.m. to noon. Walk up use of campsites possible without a reservation.
No. of Sites
32 single site(s), 2 20 people group site(s)
No. of Accessible sites
34 of 34
River and Stream Fishing
Coho and pink salmon return to Starrigavan Creek from July through September. Refer to http://www.adfg.alaska.gov for species, permits and regulations.
Explore the plants of the coastal hemlock-spruce forest within this camping area and via the numerous trails and pathways of the Starrigavan Recreation Area which include the Estuary Life Trail, Forest and Muskeg Trail, and the Mosquito Cove Trail.
Boating - Non-Motorized
Great kayaking opportunities in nearby Starrigavan Bay with saltwater access to numerous adjacent bays or open water. Starrigavan Recreation Area offers several campsites along Starrigavan Bay for easy pull up camping. Note: campsites 39,40,41 in the Bayside Loop. Both 39 and 41 can be reserved in advance at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.