If you’re planning to work near Juneau for the summer and you have an RV, there are some home-away-from-home RV parks to choose from that let you experience a stay in Alaska while sleeping in your own bed. Spots fill up quickly in the summer, so make your reservations early. Here’s a list of RV parks we recommend.
Spruce Meadow RV Park is situated about 4 miles from the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry (the only way to get to Juneau by RV) and about 14 miles from downtown Juneau. There’s a bus stop right outside the park, so you can easily catch a ride into town. The park, in operation since 2000, bills itself as an “Alaskan-Home-Away-From-Home.” There’s laundry for your convenience and abundant wildlife like Sitka black-tailed deer, eagles and black bears. Want to have easy access to the Mendenhall Glacier? Spruce Meadow is only 4.3 miles away from one of Juneau’s main attractions.
Just a mile and a half from the ferry terminal, Auke Bay RV Park is a small, year-round park with bus service to downtown Juneau, which a few RVers have made their full-time home. This park also has a laundry and a post office across the street, making it easy to send postcards home. While you’re here, visit the nearby Auke Recreation Area, which offers a picnic area and good fishing and the 590-acre Eagle Beach State Recreation Area, which is just 27 miles north of Juneau on the Glacier Highway. Enjoy the large beach and looking for Alaska wildlife such as sea lions, seals and whales.
This short-term campground provides an exciting opportunity to park your RV within sight of the Mendenhall Glacier. The glacier covers almost 37 square miles and reaches 70 feet high at its terminus at Mendenhall Lake. It’s a big attraction for its beautiful blue ice caves, but check with the forest service on hiking safety as the glacier is always in flux, making it unstable. Situated within the Tongass National Forest about 13 miles from downtown Juneau, this campsite boasts full-service RV sites that include electricity, water and sewer hook-ups and about 51 basic service sites. The campground is only a quarter-mile walk to the West Glacier Trail, which skirts Mendenhall Lake and leads you to the glacier. Bring binoculars to spot goats on the mountains and your kayak to enjoy the scenery from the water. You can stay at the campground for up to two weeks.
Now that you have a few ideas about where to park your RV near Juneau, you can start planning your route to Southeast Alaska. Driving here and staying in Alaska in your RV will allow you to see Alaska from a completely different perspective.