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Bird Creek is considered outdoors

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Most people try to leave the behind when they go on But Bill Rogers, owner of Bill’s RV Alaska, takes his him.

Located just 20 from Anchorage, this campground offers recreation for

Campgrounds, cabins and shelters are by the Forest Service and Alaska Parks department throughout Alaska.

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after getting off their and setting up camp, they down to the creek to cast for In a few hours, they had a string of — and even a few silvers. As settled into camp returning from more the next day, the two teens their options:

— Bird Ridge?

— Hop on bikes again for a ride to

— Take a long nap in of a campfire?

That’s the thing Bird Creek Campground. minutes from Anchorage, it an instant outdoors experience a mini-getaway that rivals that out-of-towners would pay to enjoy.

What’s here?

fishing (and hooligan in the season), challenging hikes, trails and, thanks to the completion of the paved path Indian Creek to Girdwood, a bike path with views of Turnagain Arm.

You minimal miles and you get great said Hailee’s father, Gillespie, of Bird Creek a place he decided to take the because son Camden’s football conflicted with vacation

By staying at Bird Creek, could still camp and while shuttling Camden to and practice.

On a windy day at Bird campground, you can pitch your with a view overlooking Arm and feel like you’re the person for miles around.


an illusion, of course. Hundreds of are, in fact, very

Seward Highway traffic by at all hours. Campers at surrounding spots are just a shout Cyclists regularly pedal by on the path overlooking the Arm, and frequent the dirt one-way of the campground, carrying strings of or silvers from fishing at the creek just a few hundred away.

But there are moments things slow down, 10 minutes may pass before you the sound of a vehicle or the shriek of a at another camp site. a welcome respite, in which you can for a few minutes into comfortable

At those times, you can almost your mind into you really are on the Koyukuk River or you have set your tent up on Island amid giant spruce.

This is the mildest of roughing it in Alaska, but it’s and that counts for something.

Goodwin, chief ranger for State Park, said Creek is one of the most heavily campgrounds in the park — and one of the smallest and oldest.

The trees, original old-growth Sitka are as old as 120 years. There are 28 camp as well as a handful of walk-in spaces. There are pit toilets, rings and picnic tables, and is allowed for up to seven days at a

This year, for the first the campground is being managed by Adventures, the same company oversees the park’s Eagle and Eklutna Lake campgrounds.

It was an old BLM campground, probably from in the ’70s. When the park established, it became one of the first State Park) campgrounds of Anchorage, Goodwin said of Creek.

Since then it hasn’t received much he said. It’s kind of in its character. It’s old, worn and it’s heavily

We put a little bit into it the last few a few minor road improvements, but not


Steve Pasternak Jr. Park Ridge, Ill. sat in a chair drinking Miller from a can and poking a stick his small campfire.

Smoke and drifted away with the Inside his recreational vehicle, wife was preparing lunch: salmon Pasternak had just in from Bird Creek.

He that the fishing is what him to stop at Bird Creek. The are here now and are expected to peak or Monday and stay heavy for a week, according to Fish and sportfish biologist Matt But then Pasternak pointed to his leaning against the RV.

The fish me, but I’ve been riding all the too, he said. This is the trail I’ve been at It has waterfalls and birding, and Turnagain Arm is especially when the tide is

There’s a lot of nice trails in but it would be hard to surpass trail.

Indeed the newly paved bike path Indian Creek to Girdwood is a hit those who stumble upon it.

The 13-mile path begins two miles north of the Bird campground, at the Indian Creek area, and follows the edge of the along Turnagain Arm.

it crosses under the highway and part of the old Seward Highway for another few miles. The official of the trail was held in late but cyclists discovered it as early as fall, while it was still completed.

The trail takes all the way into Girdwood without to get on the highway. For Bird Creek it is a way to expand their vacations to an afternoon or evening in Girdwood.

Creek campground host Buskirk said campers are the trail doesn’t just end a few down the road like it to.

Lifetime Adventures, the company he for, even offers rentals for those who didn’t their own bikes.

I haven’t had too bike rentals because usually bring their he said. But they realize they get here, there’s a lot going on than just

Just across the highway a half mile north the campground is the trail head to Ridge, a challenging day hike for

It’s a steep hike, but well worth the climb. And one of the first hiking areas of snow in the spring.

You can hike two miles to the first high at about 3,500 feet, or go as far as six to get a view of the headwaters of Ship at about 4,600 feet.

Use is up in the as a whole, said Goodwin, of State Park. We’re more cars in the parking from the spillover lot across the campground, all the way down to the Indian parking station, where the are starting their rides.


Some riders even bike -15 miles up Bird

You go into a place like Valley, Goodwin said, and the is quite superior. You can see brown on the hillside, Dall sheep up and moose in the meadows.

Goodwin all-terrain vehicles also the Bird Valley area, old logging roads.

More are coming here all the time, he


all the recreational opportunities surrounding Creek Campground and all the money put the new parking, bike paths and to Bird Creek over the two years, one wonders: Can this old campground survive?

The narrow road through the campground is and the camping areas are compacted concrete from years of use.

It’s busy every single day, said. The main grounds been filling up by early every day, and come and Friday, it fills up by 1 or 2 p.m. since the (silver) fishing it’s been nonstop.

said Chugach State master plan originally for the Bird Creek campground to a day-use area only. But was only to happen if a new campground was The department doesn’t have money for a project of that so the Bird Creek campground to operate.

The real problem is campground has a very small base and not a lot of room for expansion, said.

The Division of Natural Resources receive $2 million in federal this month for more to the area around Bird

Mike Seidl with the of Natural Resources said the is to be used for improved RV access the Seward Highway, but it has not been to the Bird Creek campground

If some of the money is used at Creek, Goodwin would to see not only improved RV access but for the Sitka spruce, the towering trees that give the its quiet character despite the to the highway.

A lot of the attraction of that is the trees, he said. We’re at what we can do with the land that we have, not just for the but for the whole Bird Creek We’re still very in the early stages of how were to spend this money.

we’re going to see some in the campground itself, but it’s a delicate process too to protect trees.

Daily News Melissa DeVaughn can be reached at .

BIRD CREEK CAMPGROUND: about 20 miles southeast of at Mile 101 Seward Highway. spots are $10 per night, with a limit, and can accommodate RVs and tents. Adventures, which operates the campground, offers bike — $10 for two hours, $20 for two to four and $30 for four or more hours. with the campground host for


Four-wheeling: Alaska ATV Adventures: ) offers 3-hour, or full-day tours starting at per person, with custom available, in the Bird Valley

— Hiking: Bird is a spectacular day hike, ranging two to 12 miles, depending upon how far you to go. Access the trail head by to Mile 102 of the Seward Highway, of the campground and across the highway.

Cycling: The Indian to Girdwood path begins at the Indian ball fields about two north of the campground, but you can just hop the trail from the Bird Campground. The path is paved and off the highway for the entire 11-mile, trip to Girdwood.

— biking: Bird Valley great mountain biking for up for more rugged riding.

Fishing: Pinks and silvers can be in Bird Creek, as well as earlier in the season. Silvers are now and peaking this week. Miller, sportfish biologist the Alaska Department of Fish and said about 10,000 are expected this year.

Birding: More than two species of birds can be found Turnagain Arm. Look for redpolls nesting in shrubs and in small trees; Steller’s nesting in coniferous trees; and flycatchers, which nest in and are a summer visitor before south for the winter.



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