Kelly Lake Campground

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

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Sterling Hwy.
Sterling, AK 99672
907-262-7021
877-285-5628
Official Website

GPS: 60.5211, -150.3889

Last Price Paid: $0
Pad Type: gravel
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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2 people have reviewed this location.

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Cell Phone Coverage

3bars
Verizon 3G
4bars
AT&T 4G/LTE
4bars
AT&T 3G
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Van-Tramp
Longmont, CO
27 Airstream International
198 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 3

Van-Tramp would stay here again

“Cool spot”

Reviewed Jul 23, 2015

Overall Rating

Another great find thanks to Campendium. Kelly Lake ticked all boxes for a quiet weekend away from the dip-netting crowds. Water-front camping for kayaking, a trailhead to explore, and stunning views all hours of the day. People would pay millions to live like this, and we got it for free!

If you are trying to decide which of the 3 free campgrounds to stay at in this area, my recommendation is as follows; Kelly Lake, Peterson Lake, and then Watson Lake. Kelly is the furthest from the highway so zero road-noise and less people. Peterson is the next closest so more people were there but still no road noise. Watson was full (lots of kids) and within a few hundred feet of the highway so constant road noise (but still nice).

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Location
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3bars
AT&T 4G/LTE
3bars
Verizon 3G

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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John & BJ
Mesa, AZ
19 Scamp
2017 Ram 1500
120 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!

John & BJ would stay here again

“A beautiful, quiet spot”

Reviewed May 28, 2015

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Four level sites scattered around the perimeter of a large gravel lot on the shores of Kelly Lake. I stopped by here to see if the prices had changed since I stayed at Peterson Lake two years ago, but it's still free. There is a pitcher pump for drinking water, and a tandem, vented outhouse off to one side. No power or dump, but several of the sites are solar friendly.First come, First served with a 14 day limit.

This campground sits on the shore of Kelly Lake and has a trail from the campground to a cabin and on to intersect the Seven Lakes trail. Canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards would be right at home! The road to the campground from the highway is gravel but much of it was amazingly smooth. Don't get too complacent - there are a few serious chuckholes.

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Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
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4bars
AT&T 4G/LTE
4bars
AT&T 3G

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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The battle of Kelly Lake | Van-Tramp.com

It was a possibility to drive all the way into Kenai after leaving Hope. The choice had not been made until just 30 miles shy of arriving in the Kenai area. Instead of going all the way into the cit...

Hookups:
  • dry camping
Recreation:
  • boat ramp
  • fishing
  • water access
Site Amenities:
  • big rig
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
Facilities:
  • restrooms: vault
Pets:
  • pets

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