Mill Campground in Juneau, Alaska will open on Wednesday, marking its third season.
According to a report, the campground has 20 tent platforms as well as facilities available to use at no cost. Mill Campground is located on Mount Roberts hillside between Franklin Dock and Taku Smokeries.
The park will be open until October 13, Juneau’s Parks and Recreation Department announced on Monday.
Mill Campground is about a mile from downtown Juneau, built to replace the difficult-to-access Thane Campground. Mill was packed nearly every day of the year in 2021, according to Michelle Elfers, deputy director of Juneau’s parks department.
“We had anywhere from 17 to 22 on average,” she said, noting two people occupied tents on some of the platforms. “It’s pretty fluid; it comes and goes.”
Elfers also said that the campers were mostly locals who needed shelter. Even with the increase in the number of tourists last summer, their presence at the campsite is nothing they would notice.
The campground is a partnership between the city, AJT Mining Properties, Alaska Electric Light and Power, and The Glory Hall.
The campground…provides 20 tent platforms, toilets, drinking water, and bear-proof food storage,” a news release from the parks department states. “There is no vehicle access or parking; walk-in use only. The facility provides primitive camping with no electricity. There’s no cost to camp, but campers must register with campground staff.”
For more information, please call the parks department at 907 586-5226.
This story originally appeared on Juneau Empire.