Wonder Lake Campground

Basic Information

Accessibility Information

What to Expect at Wonder Lake

There is no electricity, but potable water is available in the campground.

Campers must use the food storage facilities in the campground for all food and scented items (e.g., toothpaste).

Fires are not permitted at Wonder Lake, so be sure to bring a camp stove for cooking your meals.

Wonder Lake is in a very wet part of the park, and mosquitoes plague the area for much of the summer. A head-net is very useful. A one mile trail leads from the campground to the McKinley River. Hiking off-trail in the area is permitted, though it can be boggy.

Waterfowl can often be seen, either on Wonder Lake or the many ponds and small lakes in the area. Beavers, or evidence of them, can be found as well. Larger animals, like moose and grizzly bears, occasionally pass through the area.

Campground Basics

  • Necessities
    Toilets are near the campground entrance. Potable water is available at the campground. No fires are permitted at Wonder Lake.
  • Be courteous, please
    Quiet hours are between 10 pm and 6 am.
  • Wildlife & food storage
    Keep all food and scented items (e.g., toothpaste, sunscreen, ice chests/coolers, etc.) in the food storage building. Label and date your items. Keep a clean camp and wash your dishes immediately. Learn more about wildlife safety.
  • Fire
    Fires are not permitted in Wonder Lake Campground. You must use a camping stove to cook meals.
  • Pets
    Pets are not permitted on camper buses. Learn more about bringing your pet to Denali.
  • Fishing
    Fishing is permitted, and Wonder Lake sometimes yields trout and grayling. Learn more about fishing in Denali.
Learn more about ranger programs in Wonder Lake Campground

Reflection Pond

One of the most iconic and often-photographed images of the mountain is from Reflection Pond, just beyond mile 85. The Kantishna transit and Kantishna Experience tour will take you past Reflection Pond.

However, Wonder Lake-bound buses turn down a spur road leading to Wonder Lake Campground about half a mile before Reflection Pond. The spot where the Wonder Lake Campground road and the main Denali Park Road meet is called the "Y," since it forms a y-shaped intersection. The Wonder Lake Campground road is about 1.5 miles long—so it's about a two mile walk from Wonder Lake Campground to Reflection Pond.

Alternatively, ride any transit bus from the campground up to the main park road, and then look for a Kantishna-bound transit bus (or walk the approximately half-mile from the "Y" to Reflection Pond).

Last updated: March 25, 2019

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

PO Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755


907 683-9532
A ranger is available 9 am to 4 pm daily (except on major holidays). If you reach the voicemail, please leave a message and we'll call you back as soon as we finish with the previous caller.

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