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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.
OverviewWhen 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.
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.
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.
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.
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Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Cordova, drive 48 miles east on the Copper River Highway. The campground is just before the Million Dollar Bridge.
Mailing Address:CHILDS GLACIER RECREATION AREA
P. O. Box 280
Cordova AK 99574
Phone Number:Information: (907)424-7661