Little Susitna Campground

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The City of Houston Little Susitna Campground is open every year from just before Memorial Day Weekend through the week after Labor Day Weekend to provide camping and recreation opportunities to families, residents, and visitors. It is located just over an hour north of Anchorage near milepost 57 on the Parks Highway (AK Hwy 3). The campground is accessible via Armstrong Road just north of the Little Susitna River bridge or the first right past the bridge if you are northbound.

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The work on the campground started in 1966 and it has since grown to include 72 sites today. The area started as a 55-year land lease from the Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) Borough and ownership was later transferred to the City of Houston in 2024. A majority of these sites are RV friendly while the others are better suited for tent camping. Potable water is available near the Camp Host site and there is an RV dump station available (Fee 10$). The campground has a day use area, large fenced dog park for your canine companions, Spacious pavilion (available for rent See Online Form), playgrounds, fire pits, and trails leading campers and day-users to prime fishing hot spots.  Campsite or Day Use fees apply. Reservations are generally not accepted unless it is a special event that includes renting the pavilion.

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It is situated near the banks of the Little Susitna River which begins at its headwaters in Hatcher Pass and winds its way through the Mat-Su Valley and the City of Houston before flowing into the Susitna River on its way to the Cook Inlet. The fish in the river include trout, Dolly Varden, and salmon during the salmon run times. Fishing opportunities vary so check the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website for current seasons and licensing requirements.

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The Little Susitna Campground pavilion is available to rent for weddings, and other events when it is open. There is a seasonal camp host at the campground throughout the summer. Many recreational opportunities are located near the campground including trail systems off the Zero Lake Road north of the campground, lots of lakes, walking trails, wildlife viewing, and just enjoying the Alaskan wilderness without being in a big city. Across the Parks Hwy is a Day Use area maintained by the City of Houston that offers yet another place to access the Little Susitna River. It has a boat launch and a pavilion. Several area lakes including Prator Lake, Loon Lake, and Bear Paw Lake are stocked with rainbow trout and other fish.

Campsites: $20
RV Dumpsite $10 
Pavillion Rental (1/2 Day) $40
Pavillion Rental (Full Day) $65

Online Campsite Payment
Online RV Dumpsite Payment
Online Pavilion Rental Payment


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The Zero Lake Road or “Houston/Willow Creek Sled Trailhead” recreation area is located .5 miles down Zero Lake Rd at mile 59 of the Parks Highway in Houston two miles north of the campground. The Parking area can accommodate up to sixty vehicles with trailers, including RV's, there is signage and rest rooms. Two trailheads lead into the beautiful Hatcher Pass recreation area. Parking fees apply.