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Kenny Lake Mercantile, Hotel & RV Park

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#8 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Copper Center
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Mile 7.2 Edgerton Highway, Copper Center, AK 99573
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Valdez Municipal Airport61 mi
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We stopped for necessities, fill up with gas, and to "dump" our camper. Nice folks! They have a little bit of everything in the store. Friendly. Easy parking. Conveniently located. We'll definitely be back!
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This Mercantile is a clean, well kept country store that can provide just about everything you'll need for your trip. It has propane, gasoline, diesel, free air, auto parts, fresh produce, etc. It sits in one of the most beautiful locations on Alaska's road system, about 7 miles on the New Edgerton Highway. It is usually the last stop for travelers on their way to Chitina where the famous Copper River Red Salmon are caught. There is a fantastic view of the Wrangell-St. Elias Mountain Range from the property, and it is breathtakingly beautiful! Great place to stage your trip to Chitna, or even Valdez; you won't find better RV prices in that neck of the woods, or laundry prices, either! The owners of this business are lifelong Alaskans, and are friendly, informative, and very helpful. They know a lot about Alaska, but especially about that particular area. Visiting this store will make you reminisce of a different time; a slower pace with small business owners that take pride in their operation and are glad you took the time to drop in. I highly recommend stopping there, and make sure you get some pictures by the old pick-up that's parked on the property, they plant flowers in the bed of it, and it makes a perfect back-drop!
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Kenny Lake Mercantile RV park was situated close to the Chitina Airport, where we needed to be for an early morning flight to Wrangell St. Elias National Park. The sites are close together on a large gravel parking lot, not separated at all by trees. Although the RV sites seemed small we were not so bothered by the RVs next door, and although the sites faced the road, it is a road that doesn't have major traffic so there was not too much noise. The site has a store that offers food items, souvenirs, RV and other necessities. The site also sells gas (kind of expensive but it is the only gas station for miles around) and offers fresh water and a dump site (free to RV guests). The wi-fi worked best when I sat on the porch of the mercantile, didn't really work in the RV itself. The laundry room had about 6 washers and 6 dryers, and the bathrooms and showers were clean and centrally located. Not a bad place to stay; not luxurious but it served its purpose.
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On the Edgerton Hwy … only about 7 miles off the Richardson Hwy is a store/gas station/hotel/laundry/diner AND RV park. We found they only charged $15/night for dry camping so we decided to park here for the night … and then leave the mo-ho here while we drove to McCarthy and the Kennicott Mine. We’d opted to stay the night in McCarthy and the folks at Kenny Lake didn’t mind if we left the RV there while we were gone. And at only $15/night it wasn’t a bad deal! The dry camping sites are actually much nicer than the full hook-ups which are simply a row in a gravel lot bordering the highway. The dry campsites are all in a nicely wooded area with lots of room for parking your car and setting up our bug room! There were picnic tables and firepits at each site. They do offer water ($5) and a dump station ($15) so it’s very affordable. They even have wi-fi – although you have to go to the office to get it … but it’s very good from there!
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