Alaskan Angler RV Park (Ninilchik, AK)
Venturing southward – well, southward relative to the rest of Alaska – from Denali National Park, we headed for the Kenai Peninsula. Our first stop was in the small fishing village of Ninilchik where we camped at the Alaskan Angler RV Park.
Alaskan Angler RV Park is located just outside of the village of Ninilchik on Alaska Highway 1. As far as what’s in the area…not much, if you’re not a fisherman. If you’re a fisherman or looking for a charter, this is a great place to be.
Highway 1 runs from Anchorage over to the west side of the Kenai Peninsula, running right beside the Cook Inlet. From Ninilchik, you are only about 45 minutes from Homer.
Ninilchik is basically a fishing village. There isn’t a ton of recreation in the area unless you’re heading out to fish, though the village and beach are worth visiting for the sights, along with the old Russian Orthodox church. Just to the south is Anchor Point, an old Russian village with classic Russian architecture. We’re told they still launch boats by tractor in Anchor Point, though we didn’t go witness this ourselves.
Like most campgrounds, Alaskan Angler has three types of sites. There are full hookup RV sites with electric, water, and cable TV. There are electric and water sites. And there are tent sites with no hookups. We were in a tent site because Alaskan Angler won’t let tent campers into serviced sites.
The bathrooms were…well, they served their purpose. They weren’t necessarily the cleanest, nor the best smelling, at all times. And they lacked soap and hand sanitizer.
The showers are pay showers, like most of Alaska. They start at $2 for the first 4 minutes of hot water, then you can add quarters for an additional 30 seconds.
Laundry & Wi-Fi
The main part of the campground has wi-fi, though it doesn’t reach the tent sites. The laundry facilities were decently-sized with 4 washers and 4 dryers for $2.25 for a wash and $2.25 for a dry. That wasn’t the highest priced laundry in Alaska by a long shot, either.
Even so, the sites were large with sufficient privacy. It would’ve been nicer had the wi-fi actually reached our site, but as far as a place to put up a tent, it got the job done.
The primitive tent sites that we were in run $15 per night. The electric and water sites that we would have preferred run $38 per night.
Let’s just say that we were a bit miffed that they wouldn’t give us a hookup site because “our RVers in their $250,000 RVs don’t like having tents near them.” So the RVers are too good to have a lowly tent near them. Oh well…I suppose that’s $69 that stayed in our pockets instead of theirs.
And on the other hand, we found some of the best hospitality amongst a group of seasonal RVers right next to the tent area. They spend every summer in Ninilchik, fishing for several months, before heading back home to Wyoming and elsewhere. Within an hour of arriving, they’d invited us to their campfire, given us fresh halibut, and were sharing drinks with us. We ended up spending two of our three nights around their campfire, discussing everything from Pony Express offices in the middle of a large ranch in Wyoming to politics.