Tolsona Wilderness Campground: A Truly Unique Site

By Ryan Wilson

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Tolsona Wilderness Campground

Are you looking for an Alaskan camping experience that’s not too wild, but a little bit more unique than most of the other Alaskan campgrounds? Then look no further than the Tolsona Wilderness Campground.

Tolsona Wilderness Campground is truly a family-friendly facility with lots of activities to keep the whole family entertained during a weekend of camping. For example, it’s the only campground that I know of in Alaska that offers tubing!

I stayed at Tolosna Wilderness Campground with my young family a couple of years ago and we had a great time. While not as hard to book as some other campgrounds in Alaska, it’s still worth booking early as this is a popular campground.

Below, I provide you with an overview of Tolosona Wilderness Campground and everything you need to know before choosing to stay at this delightful location.


Tolsona Wilderness Campground Review

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We stayed at Tolsona Wilderness Campground a few years ago when the kids were much younger. It was a wonderful experience and great for kids of all ages.

The facility was clean and well-kept and the staff were very friendly and helpful. We got the sense that owners really want this to feel like a place people come to enjoy spending time with their friends and family.

While a little out of the way compared to where a lot of people camp in southcentral Alaska, it’s worth the detour to experience some of the beauty of the Copper River Valley.

I highly recommend this campground and we’re even planning another trip here this summer.


Reservations

Even though Tolsona Wilderness Campground is a bit out of the way, I highly recommend that you make reservations in advance because the site it quite popular.

While the campground doesn’t fill up as quickly as other campgrounds in the state, if you wait until the last minute, you’ll likely be out of luck finding a site. Especially if it’s a beautiful summer weekend.

On a camping trip a couple of summers ago, our itinerary changed and we thought we would find a spot at Tolsona without a reservation. Unfortunately they were completely full, and it was only in mid-June! But another year we were able to find a site in August without a reservation.

Thankfully, Tolsona Wilderness Campground has an online booking platform making it easy to reserve as site and check for campsite availability. Click the button below to see what’s available this summer.


When is Tolsona Wilderness Campground Open

Like most campgrounds in Alaska, the Tolsona Wilderness Campground is open from mid-May and closes the first weekend in November.

In 2024, opening weekend is the 18th of May.


Campsites

Tolsona Wilderness Campground offers 76 separate campsites for you to choose from with various different amenities to suit your needs.

There are also 3 group sites that can fit up to 15 RVs and tents (you must call to reserve these: 907-822-3900).

There are 47 sites with both water and electric hook-ups. Four of the sites have 50 amp hook-ups, while the rest are 30 amp.

The remainder of the sites are for dry sites with no hook-ups, suitable for tent and trailer campers.

All sites have picnic tables and fire pits. And all sites are located along the creek.

Tolsona Wilderness Campground Map
Tolsona Wilderness Campground Map

When we stayed at Tolsona Wilderness Campground I was impressed with how much space there was between campsites. We definitely felt like we had plenty of privacy.

My kids loved being able to wade into the creek, play in the mud, and explore the creek.

Other than being a little buggy when we visited (it’s Alaska in summer, so it’s to be expected), we didn’t have a single complaint.

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In addition to campsites, Tolsona Wilderness Campground also offers Yurts that can sleep up to 6 people, but don’t include any bedding linens, so make sure to bring your own!


Campsite Costs

Tolsona Wilderness Campground has pretty standard rates for campsites, but the prices vary depending on if you’re staying during a weekday or weekend.

Reservation Costs:

  • Tent Sites: $29 weekday, $35 weekend
  • Tent Double Sites: $39 weekday, $45 weekend
  • Standard RV Sites: $39 weekday, $45 weekend
  • Premium Beach Sites: $49 weekend, $55 weekend
  • Premium Beach Double Sites: $99 weekday, $105 weekend
  • Yurts: $79 weekday, $85 weekend

Amenities

Tolsona Wilderness Campground has all of the amenities you might need or want during a camping trip.

The campground has a small camp store where you can buy some limited items you might have forgotten to pack. You can also rent inner-tubes to the float the creek.

There is a bath house with indoor flush toilets and hot shower facilities that are included with your stay.

There is a dump station and also laundry facilities.

The campground also offers free WiFi which is nice given the hit-or-miss cell coverage in the area.

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Activities

For a campground located in a relatively rural area of the state, there are a surprising number of activities available at Tolosona Wilderness Campground. And it is one of the most kid-friendly campgrounds I’ve visited in Alaska.

One of the biggest draws to the campground is its location next to Tolsona Creek. In addition to being a great place for kids to wade and play in, the creek is great for tubing. The campground rents innertubes for $5/hr or $20/day.

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Where else in Alaska is tubing a popular at a campground?

Tolsona Wilderness Campground also has a lot of different scheduled events each summer to make stays even more enjoyable. Every weekend has a separate theme with different activities.

For example, at the end of May is Carnival Weekend where they will have a variety of carnival games, a bounce house, face painting etc. Later in the summer is Game Show weekend where you can compete with other campers in a trivia competition.

The campground also had a variety of games available for campers including volleyball.

The creek that runs through the campground is also a great place to fish for rainbow trout and grayling.

There is also a cool mud volcano that is a 2 mile hike from the campground.


Getting There

Tolsona Wilderness Campground is located approximately 165 miles east of Anchorage, and takes about 3 hours to drive to along the Glenn Highway.

It is easily one of my favorite drives in the state. There are beautiful mountain vistas, glaciers, and geological features not commonly found in other parts of the state.

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The drive to Tolsona Wilderness Campground

Summary

If you’re visiting Alaska or are a local looking for somewhere new to camp, then definitely consider the Tolosna Wilderness Campground. It is wonderful for families or groups of friends just wanting a place to relax and connect.

Be sure to check out our other Alaskan campground reviews and the best times to visit Alaska. Be prepared for your next Alaskan camping trip by reading our list of essential camping gear for Alaska.

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Author

Ryan is an avid outdoorsman who loves camping, hiking, and backpacking. He was initially reluctant to join the camper world, but after his first camping trip in one, he became a convert. He especially loves how camper ownership extends the camping season and makes it easier to be more adventurous with young kids. When not enjoying his free time, he works as a professional wildlife biologist studying the ecology and conservation of large mammals in Alaska.