“Our Favorite Alaska State Rec Area”
Deep Creek State Rec Area
The Deep Creek Recreation Area in Cook Inlet is known for its halibut and king salmon runs, making the campsites in the park very much in demand, they were full every day we were there, we stayed two weeks the summer of 2019.
We found staying outside the city to be less hectic and we quite enjoyed evening strolls on the rocky beach and beachcombing. Bird watching was also a favorite. Maggie enjoyed running in the surf.
With panoramic views of Mounts Iliamna and Redoubt, this is one beautiful place to camp that is only 40 miles north Homer or south of Soldotna with plenty of touristy things to do as well as shopping, gas, laundry. I recommend stocking up before heading south from Soldotna. Fill with water and dump tanks since Deep Creek is dry camping.
Bald eagles are visible year-round, we saw many bald eagles and juvenile eagles, seabirds and a few otters, this park is prime for bird watching. The salmon weren’t quite upstream yet but the salmon fest was in full swing the weekend we were there.
There are 100 campsites, toilets, water, a 15-day camping limit, and a boat ramp. We are 38′ and fit just fine even though it says the longest length is 35′ on the website.
★ ATV Riding
★ Clam Digging
Marine Services LLC, a privately owned company, offers tractor assisted boat launching services at Deep Creek beach under a permit issued by Alaska State Parks. This service allows recreational boaters and charter operators to launch boats into Cook Inlet.
We had a spectacular oceanfront view! The tides were insane and something we have never seen before. Completely emptied the river flowing into the ocean. It was so fun to beach comb this beach area with the tides going so far out.
Would we stay again?
We would definitely stay at deep Creek State Rec Area again, actually, when we go back someday this recreation area is on our list to stay and go fishing again. We stayed free for 14 days with our disabled veterans pass from the state of Alaska.
Nightly Cost: $ FREE
Days Stayed: 14
Hookups: None – Dry Camping
Reservations: First come, first served
Pad Type: Gravel
Pets: Allowed on Leash
Cell Service: Yes, we used AT&T
GPS: 59.98612, -151.36317
You can find all of our Campground Reviews here on our 2019 Campground Reviews page along with a map of the places we have stayed.
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