Great Holiday Campgrounds is an Alaskan Owned company providing Recreation Management Services to the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation. Since 2010 GHC has managed 'The Bigs': Big Lake North, Big Lake South, and Rocky Lake, under Permit for the State of Alaska. In 2014 GHC began operating Matanuska Lakes State Recreation Area* and King Mountain State Recreation Site.

In October 2020 we were excited to be awarded the contract to operate Susitna Landing from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game. Located at mile 82.3 of the Parks Hwy at the end of Susitna Landing Rd. Susitna Landing is open year around and is the only facility we operate offering electrical hook ups for campers.

All of our campgrounds are staffed with on-site Hosts throughout the camping season, May 15-September 15, who will answer your questions, take reservations, and sell firewood.

2021 Operations by Park:

Big Lake North:

Open year around    Gates Close 10p-6a May 15-Sept 15

Big Lake South:

Rocky Lake:

Closed during freeze up and break up

Open May 15-September 15, weather permitting

King Mountain:

Susitna Landing:

Open May 15-September 15, weather permitting

Open year around     Winter Hours 8am-9pm

*Matanuska Lakes is now managed by Alaska State Parks. For information call 907-745-3975. Stuart Leidner, Superintendent.

All Park Rules and Fees are determined by the State of Alaska

In order to provide quality recreation experiences to all visitors at these extremely popular State Parks please follow these simple rules which are posted within the Parks and available from the staff.

  • The possession and consumption or use of alcohol is prohibited at Rocky Lake, Big Lake North, Big Lake South & Matanuska Lakes campgrounds. Offenders will be fined up to $100.00, and may be asked to leave the campground.
  • All vehicles must remain on roadways or in designated parking areas.
  • Discharge of Grey or Black water on the ground is prohibited.
  • Open fires are allowed in designated fire pits only. Personal mobile fire pits are permitted.
  • Peeling of bark or cutting or disturbing live vegetation is prohibited.
  • Each vehicle parked overnight within the park will be charged a $20.00 per night - per site camping fee.
  • Day use hours are 7:00 AM to 10:00 P.M. Day users must exit the parks by 11:00 P.M.
  • Quiet hours are enforced from 11:00 P.M. to 7:00 AM. Generators, stereos, or loud noises are prohibited. During this time period, all motorized watercraft at Big Lake North and Big Lake South must operate at speeds of 5 MPH or less, within the no wake zone.
  • Big Lake North & South: No wake zones extend from the shoreline out to 300 feet in front of the launch and 100 feet round the entire shoreline.
  • Pets must be leashed 9 feet or less and kept under control.
  • Discharge of firearms and fireworks are prohibited.
  • Off road vehicles and four wheelers are prohibited within the parks when snow cover is less than 12 inches.
  • Jet Skis and boats equipped with jet engines are not allowed on Rocky Lake.
  • Only Electric Motors are permitted on Matanuska, Canoe, Irene and Long Lakes.


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