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Old 01-28-2016, 12:36 PM   #1
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We have been selected to be camp hosts in North Pole, Alaska. Will be traveling in the later part of May from Mn. Any help in campgrounds or other info we need much appreciated. Thanks
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Here's a good bet:

The Bible of North Country Travel - The MILEPOST

Lists all the campgrounds/RV parks on the Alaska Highway along the way. Have fun! Used to live in Alaska near Fairbanks may years ago.
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I pre ordered the 2016 Mileposts. It won't be out til March. But I am studying all I can.
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+1 on Mileposts. We made the trip from Seattle-Fairbanks-Anchorage-Homer in 2014 and found the book extremely valuable.
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We found the Guide to Alaska Camping by Mike and Terry Church to be very helpful for our overnite stays. Along with the Milepost.
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We have been selected to be camp hosts in North Pole, Alaska. Will be traveling in the later part of May from Mn. Any help in campgrounds or other info we need much appreciated. Thanks
The campgrounds at Charley Lake just north of Ft St John, Toad River, Yukon Motel at Teslin Lake are all about 350 miles apart. Toad River and Teslin have food service. All are 30 amp. Fuel up at Ft St John, Ft Nelson, Contact Creek Lodge before Watson Lake, skip Whitehorse and and hit Otter Falls Cutoff before Haines Junction, then on to Tok.

About the only thing that changes in the Milepost is the ads, the roads don't move much anymore. A discard from the local library will work fine.

Expect to encounter snow. We have been snowed on 6 or 7 of the last 10 May trips, and as late as May 24. May be light snow, or you may have to wait for the plow. BC and Yukon do a good job, just park and wait if it happens.
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Be sure to take extra Raindeer food. They eat a LOT during the summer as that winter flying wears them out.


Oh and tell the big jolly guy I said hello and wouldn't care for any more bags of coal with a switch in it.
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I have done the Alaska trip twice from Florida. You have done the first step I used - - order the Milepost. Step 2 for any trip that long is lay it out with MS Streets and Trips. Tweek it to your driving style, then look for the estimated projected nightly stops. Then, using the Milepost and the Streets and Trips program, determine your options for staying near your projected nightly layover. Be sure to look for those wonderful quiet little strips along the highway that are free. Streets and Trips will guide you to them.

Have fun, it is a great trip and you will love North Pole and your day trips when you have free time to some amazing sights quite close. Be sure to have time to hit Denali before you come back. Then, head down to Haines for some fishing, catch the ferry down the inside passage and get off at each stop for a few days and really soak up all the sights. Then, next ferry to the next stop. On your way back home hit Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff, at least 4 days in each place.

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We found the Guide to Alaska Camping by Mike and Terry Church to be very helpful for our overnite stays. Along with the Milepost.
We'd also recommend this book. It includes Canada and the Yukon, also. It's much better than the Milepost for campground information. The Milepost is excellent for history and maps.

The authors lived in Fairbanks and traveled back and forth to the lower 48. They have put in their book every RV park, public campground and excellent boondocking spots.

Have a great summer!
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Do not forget a big supply of bug spray for the North Pole/Fairbanks area (since you are camp hosting). The mosquitos are pretty bad in that area.
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Forget the Milepost, forget Google Earth and Streets and Trips -- they will drive you crazy, especially Milepost once the pages start falling out or if you lose your place.

Just head north and watch the scenery go past.
About 3pm start looking for a nice boondocking spot and enjoy.

That is about all the planning you need to do.
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We have been selected to be camp hosts in North Pole, Alaska. Will be traveling in the later part of May from Mn.
Which campground? There used to be a campground right next to Santa Claus House in North Pole, but closed up at least 5 years ago. The only other place is Riverview RV Park about 10-15 minutes NW. of North Pole. Or the Chena Lakes State Park 10 minutes SW of NP (no electric).

We have flown up many times to visit family in North Pole, but this year we will travel up in our RV trailer starting about May 30th ? Hope to get to my sis-n-law's place in NP. by the 3rd week in June. North Pole is very large in area, and very spread out. Mostly residential. Might be a 20-25 minute drive to go from one side to the other.

There is one decent grocery store (Safeway) in the main business / commercial section of NP. It also has a good hardware store (Sentry Hardware & Sporting Goods) next door with RV related items.

Many people in the area have RV's. Good Chinese Restaurant in that plaza (Pagoda). North Pole does have a small visitor center, but only has limited stuff (500 feet SE. of Santa Clause House). If you want a complete info source, the Fairbanks VC. is top notch. About a 25 minute drive from NP.

Here are a few pictures from past trips we have made to AK. and NP. 2013 trip 2008 trip

Any other ?'s for that area feel free to post...We fly up every 3-5 years over the last 20 and usually stay for 15 or 20 days, usually in August.
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You certainly don't have to 'map it out'. There are very few roads and you won't get lost.

You also don't have to plan where you're doing to stop for the night. If you're not near a campground, there are plenty of gorgeous spots to boondock.
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If you are traveling in May you will have no problems with campgrounds. We traveled in 2014, leaving Cale Cod Memorial Day weekend returning mid September. If you want to see the entire trip go to www.capecodtoalaska2014.com.
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