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Copper River Boat Launch Facilities Improvements (FLAP) Project No. NFHWY00539/0851072

Photo: Copper River campground at McCarthy Road MP 1.5 near Chitina, Alaska, August 2019.

We are working to upgrade Copper River campground individual sites, enhance road surfacing and improve available area parking capacity.

The purpose of this project is to improve access road to the Copper River and provide parking for vehicles and trailers. Other improvements will upgrade individual campsites to “Americans with Disabilities Act” (ADA) requirements. Additionally, existing wooden restroom will be repaired and new ADA-compliant concrete double-vault restroom building will be constructed.

Currently campground is under heavy use by travelers in summer months and parking is limited. Facilities have not been upgraded in several decades. Existing restroom facility is deteriorating and trash bins are limited. Few sites have functioning picnic tables and fire rings.

Work on this project includes:

  • Building approximately 153’ x 211’x 2.5’ sized gravel parking lot for vehicles and boat trailers.
  • Resurfacing existing campground roads with 6 inches of D-1.
  • Installing campsite gravel pads, picnic tables and fire rings.
  • Improving restroom facilities to ADA standards.
  • Installing bearproof garbage cans
  • Installing guide campground signs.
  • Providing turnaround area for boat trailers near Copper River landing.

Our project staff is currently working on preliminary design and the environmental review process. Construction on this project is expected to begin in late summer 2022 and finish in early summer of 2023.

This project is being developed in cooperation with the Alaska Division of the Federal Highway Administration and funded by a grant from the Western Federal Land Access Program (FLAP).