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.

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

Operations by Park:

Big Lake North:

Open year around

Big Lake South:

Closed during freeze up and break up

Rocky Lake:

Open May 15-September 15, weather permitting

Matanuska Lakes:

Summer- Gates Open 7:00am-10:00pm April 1-September 30

Winter- Gates Open 8:00am-8:00pm October 1-March 31

King Mountain:

Open May 15-September 15, weather permitting

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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