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.

CHILDS GLACIER RECREATION AREA, AK

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...
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  • 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
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Overview

Overview

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.

Recreation:

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.

Facilities:

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.

Booking Window
Mon Jul 14 2014 - Sat Jan 10 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

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Services 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
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
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Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
General Season
Jul 10 2014 -
Jul 10 2015
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $10.00
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $25.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
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:

CHILDS GLACIER RECREATION AREA
P. O. Box 280
Cordova  AK  99574

Phone Number:

Information:  (907)424-7661
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