Russian River


In the fall of 2020, crews began removing hazard trees and thinning out tree stands within the campground and along the surrounding access trails to improve visitor safety and the health of the forest. The removal of dead spruce trees will improve safety, prevent potential damage to buildings and campsite structures, stimulate understory vegetation for wildlife, and improve overall vegetation health. Visitors to the campground may notice a change in site appearance as tree removal will allow for new vegetation growth. News Release

Big Fish On!

The summer sockeye (red) salmon runs are the ones that draw the infamous crowds, but find solitude and fish on the shoulder season, as well.

With a season that starts in early August and continues into late September, this is your chance to catch the “big one” (coho or silvers average between 10-12 lbs) without all the crowds of summer. Fall silvers can be energetic, so be sure to bring your waterproof gear and a camera to capture your catch and the fall colors.

Please be Bear Aware while you are on the Chugach National Forest.  Remember: Bears are especially attracted to fishing areas.

Our new (September 2018) Russian River flyer  has a comprehensive updated map of the area, angler ethics, regulations and bear safety tips.

At a Glance

Best Season: July-September

General Information


Head down the Seward Highway to the Sterling Highway intersection (milepost 81). Campground is at milepost 54 on the Sterling Highway.

General Notes:

Fall hiking on the Russian Lakes trail or camping at the Russian River and Quartz Creek campgrounds. Reasonable fall prices on accommodations. Fall is one of the best times for wildlife viewing.

The Russian River and Angler Trail area Forest Order describes prohibited acts in the Russian River area:


Prohibited Acts includes Possessing or storing any food or refuse, as specified by the order  -

Leaving unattended wildlife attractants such as food, beverages, garbage, and equipment used to cook or

store food (example: coolers/backpacks) unless it is acceptably stored in a vehicle, in a camping unit made

of solid, non-pliable material, or retained and in no case more than 3 feet from the person. Please see the Forest Order for details and areas under this order.


Possessing, storing, or transporting any bird, fish, or animal parts thereof, as specified by

the order -

Leaving unattended any lawfully retained fish; unless it is closely attended which is no case more than 12

feet from the person. Please see the Forest Order for details and areas under this order.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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