Kodiak is divided by public and private lands. Most of the private property is accessible by narrow trails (commonly ATV trails, the customary mode of transportation in the backcountry), so be careful not to pitch your tent too far from the trail. ATV traffic is never heavy, but be wary not to make camp too early in the day, or an ATV (or worse, the actual landowner) might send you chasing after new quarters.
Off-trail camping facilitates the resumption of your hike. It also guarantees a flat surface (i.e. the road itself) on which to cook, set up or sort your gear.
River systems throughout Alaska usually offer extensive space in which to pitch a tent. Kodiak is no exception. The open ground (the better from which to spot an approaching bear), the lulling effect of the nearby stream, the satisfaction of not damaging any vegetation and the good natural drainage make the river systems an ideal place to camp. Most city slickers might doubt the comfort of sleeping on a gravel bar, but the smooth pebbles offer excellent support and to some extent will shift with the movements of the restless sleeper.
Camping in established campgrounds might be the limit of one's camping discretion, but sleeping in a river bottom is not only a great way to avoid the gnats and mosquitoes, but also a great way to commune with the wilderness.
This group of tents were brought in by a group from France! They quite often spend a couple of weeks at the Portage!! So they like to live in style!! I think they brought cases and cases of French wine too!
Sleeping in Tent at the Portage on the Karluk River can be very exciting!!! As there are lots of Kodiak Brown Bears walking around!!! So You MUST keep a clean camp!! One night when we were just starting to sleep a Bear came right up to our tent and Woofed it!!!! He was smelling the tent and you could hear his nostrils breathing!!! Talk about getting the heart pumping!!!! Either it will get your heart pumping or kill you!!! LOL My adrenilin was pumping so hard that I could hardly sleep the rest of the night!!! But the bears aren't blood thirsty animals walking around trying to kill people!! But they are animals and can be unpredictable!!
There may be fees for camping at the Portage! Most of the land in the area is owned by the Natives of Kodiak Coorportation. And the rules are always changing so please get current information before heading to the Portage!! The King Salmon fishing in June is Awesome!!!!!!!!
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