Friday, May 24, 2013

Select Chugach National Forest Campgrounds and Begich, Boggs Visitor Center Open Memorial Day Weekend

Snow last week-weekend, spring camping this weekend! While the weather has been playing games with us, Alaskans are ready to head out into the outdoors. Fortunately, campgrounds across the Kenai are melting out of winter’s icy grip. Here is a list of open and closed campgrounds for the Memorial Day weekend.
Open Campgrounds:
▪ Crescent Creek                          

▪ Cooper South and North
▪ Porcupine                                    ▪ Primrose
▪ Ptarmigan                                   ▪ Russian River
▪ Quartz Creek                              ▪ Trail River
▪ Williwaw-Right loop only. The gate will be open late Friday afternoon.

Water systems are being tested and there will be no water service at the campgrounds for Memorial Day weekend.  Remember to make your campground reservations at www.recreation.gov or (877) 444-6777.

Recreationists should be aware of ice and snow conditions before heading into the backcountry. Using the backcountry involves risk anytime of the year. Avalanche conditions still exist even in the summer.  Take a look at the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center website at www.cnfaic.org for Springtime Avalanche Tips.  People aren’t the only ones eager to be out and moving around, be cautious, bear are awake and active.



Closed Campgrounds-due to snow conditions:
▪ Bertha                                        ▪ Black Bear
▪ Coeur d’Alene                            ▪ Tenderfoot

For those of you just wanting to take a quick trip out-of-town, the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center opens for the season on Saturday, May 25th. The Visitor Center hours are 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, 7-days a week.

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