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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 the Copper River boat launch facility rest area and parking lot by upgrading individual sites at the rest area, enhancing road surfacing, and improve parking capacity.

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

Currently the rest area is under heavy use by travelers in summer months and parking is limited. Facilities have not been upgraded in several decades. The 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 an approximately 153’ x 211’x 2.5’ sized gravel parking lot for vehicles and boat trailers
  • Resurfacing existing campground roads with six inches of gravel
  • Installing campsite gravel pads, picnic tables and fire rings
  • Improving restroom facilities to ADA standards
  • Installing bearproof garbage cans
  • Installing rest area guide 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 fall 2023 and finish in summer 2024.

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).