Russian River Campground

Area Status: Closed

The Russian River Campground area is closed to all public vehicle and pedestrian traffic. The closure is necessary for public safety due to construction involving extensive heavy machinery use. The campground is scheduled to remain closed until June 2, 2024.

A large campground with 83 sites, paved roads and spurs, and no hookups. $23 (single)/$33 (double). A non-refundable service fee will be added to each reservation by Amenities include - water, flush toilets, tables, fire pits and dumpsters.

ATTENTION: Campers Using Tents or Soft-sided Trailers - Be Bear Aware

Bears have damaged tents and soft-sided trailers within Russian River Campground in the past. For your safety and the safety of others, please store all attractants - food, garbage, hygiene items, and anything with a smell - in a hard-sided vehicle or in the storage locker provided on site. Be aware and advised that bear incidents within the Campground may trigger immediate prohibitions on tent and soft-sided vehicle camping through the issuance of an Emergency Order signed by the Forest Supervisor, which will require campers using these types of shelters to vacate the Campground.

Parking Fees at Russian River

  • Russian River 12hr Parking                                $14/vehicle
  • Russian River Trailhead                                      $14/vehicle (no vehicle fee for Russian Lakes Trail cabin permit holders)
  • Russian River 12hr Overflow                                 $5/vehicle
  • Russian River 24hr Overflow                               $10/vehicle

Kenai Russian River confluence map

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The campground is open to the public for winter recreation. Visitors should be aware of weather and road conditions before recreating as well as heed all Forest Service signs and fencing. Additionally, smoke will be visible from the campground due to prescribed pile burning during mid fall until early winter 2023.
Reservations: Reservations are made through (1-877-444-6777) and recommended for summer camping. Fees are charged during the summer season. Reservations may be made up to180 days prior to your desired arrival date in the summer season (Memorial Day through Labor Day in September). NOTE: Current closure order affects certain reservation areas. The Aspen Flats and Upper Russian Lake Cabins will remain open for reservations; however, the locations will not be accessible through the Lower Russian Lakes trailhead. Those looking to stay at the cabins or hike the Russian Lakes Trail will be able to access them via the trailhead at Snug Harbor Road. Reservations for Barber Cabin will be closed until the campground reopens.
Open Season: June 5, 2023

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Road Cycling

Bike up the scenic Seward Highway to the famous fishing rivers.

Campground Camping

The Russian River campground is on the reservation system. For reservations, please visit the National Recreation Reservation Service website at There is a three-day limit stay at the campground.

Bear Country! All food must be stored properly in your vehicle or lockers provided in the campground.

Be bear aware!

Reservation required?: Y

River and Stream Fishing

World-famous red and silver salmon fishery. Top-rated rainbow trout... Very popular in the summer months.

Permit required?: Y
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Campground entrance road and loops sometimes groomed by volunteers for nordic and freestyle skiing.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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