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Facility Closure: The Childs Glacier Recreation Site is closed to vehicle access indefinitely. A bridge located at 36 mile on the Copper River Highway, used to access the Childs Glacier Recreation Area, has been deemed unstable by the Department of Transportation. New bridge construction might not begin until 2015 at the earliest. If you have any further questions call the Cordova Ranger District at 907-424-7661.


part ofChugach National Forest, US Forest Service


When visitors camp at Childs Glacier Recreation Area, they're instantly captivated by spectacular views of Childs Glacier, which is famous for it's calving icebergs that put on a great show. Other must-do activities in the area include hiking along the river and fishing for salmon.

Childs Glacier is the only glacier reached by road where visitors can see calving occurring. When icebergs fall from the glacier, they are sometimes so large that they send a 10-foot wave rippling across the river to the opposite shore.

Natural Features:

The recreation area is nestled in the Chugach Mountains on the south coast of Alaska. Many campsites boast views of the mountains and the top of Childs Glacier. Alder willow, devil's club and fern make up much of the campground understory. Tall cottonwoods dominate overhead. The campground is about 300 feet from the Copper River, which is wide, shallow and glacier fed.


The Copper River boasts plenty of salmon. Wildlife watching opportunities include moose and both grizzly and black bears. Lucky campers may spot bears fishing on the opposite side of the river.

Recommended trails include Copper River and Miles Lake. Copper River Trail is rather flat and marshy, with dense vegetation. Stellar waterfowl watching abounds on this hike.


The campground is suited for tent and trailer camping. Picnic tables, vault toilets, a parking area and interpretive trails are available. Drinking water is from hand pumps.

Nearby Attractions:

The historic Million Dollar Bridge, constructed in 1910, is nearby. The bridge over the Copper River was used to transport copper from the old mining town of Kennicott to the port of Cordova.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Birding
  • Drinking Water
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Pit Toilets
  • River Access
  • Scenic Overlooks
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Be bear aware; keep all food out of sight in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from the area after eating
  • Collect firewood from dead and down trees only
  • No electric hookups available
  • Click here for more information on Chugach National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by purchasing firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
60.66083, -144.76278
60°39'39"N, 144°45'46"W

From Cordova, drive 48 miles east on the Copper River Highway. The campground is just before the Million Dollar Bridge.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

P. O. Box 280
Cordova  AK  99574

Phone Number:

Information:  (907)424-7661
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