Kendesnii Campground

Kendesnii Campground
Kendesnii Campground


Quick Facts
Nabesna Road
NPS Campground (free, first-come - first-serve)
National Park and Preserve

Amphitheater, Canoe/Kayak/Small Boat Launch, Dock/Pier, Fire Pit, Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Information Kiosk/Bulletin Board, Parking - Auto, Picnic Table, Recycling, Restroom, Restroom - Seasonal, Scenic View/Photo Spot, Toilet - Vault/Composting, Trash/Litter Receptacles, Wheelchair Accessible

These ten campsites are free with picnic tables, fire rings, toilets and on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Enjoy the lakes, short hiking trails, interpretive waysides, canoeing, grayling fishing and waterfowl viewing. Parking will accommodate regular vehicles and small recreational camping vehicles (RV's). It is free and open year-round, but access is limited in winter since it is not snow plowed. There are no reservations required and none are taken. Take all precautions with food storage and be bear aware. Pets must be on leash at all times in the campground.


Campground Dedication Ceremony

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve dedicated Kendesnii Campground on July 27, 2012. Under sunny skies, the special event included a naming ceremony, a picnic, speeches and the unveiling of the cultural panel (interpretive wayside). Park Superintendent Rick Obernesser opened the event, saying “I am excited that so many of us are here today as we dedicate the park’s first official campground.” Kendesnii is the Ahtna name of Daisy Nicolai. She and her children had a spring camp in the campground area for many years. In addition to acknowledging the family’s connection to this site, using an Ahtna name for the campground recognizes the important association between Alaska Natives and Wrangell-St. Elias. Park staff worked with local tribes in identifying the campground name, and the Cheesh’na Tribal Council, on behalf of Daisy’s family, partnered with the park in organizing the dedication. Many of the more than 100 guests at the event were members of Daisy’s family. Also among the guests were Nabesna Road residents and park visitors camping at the site. Daisy’s closest surviving relatives – a sister and three daughters – shared memories of Daisy, as did several grandchildren. Speaking on behalf of the Cheesh’na Tribal Council, Tribal Administrator Wilson Justin, who is also one of Daisy’s grandchildren, said “The honor of keeping a promise made a generation ago is privilege not always understood but vital to those who stand in shadows of our Traditions. Thank You to the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park for the support in keeping that promise. Cheesh’na extends a welcome to all visitors to the Kendesnii Campground.” The campground is located at Mile 28.2 on the Nabesna Road. It has vault toilets, picnic tables, and ten sites that will accommodate tents and up to medium-sized recreational vehicles. Currently there is no charge for use of the site. A canoe launch exists at the lake dock and development of a potable water well is being planned. Funding for campground construction came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the Recreational Fee Demo Program.

Wrangell - St Elias National Park & Preserve

Last updated: September 16, 2021