Childs Glacier & other sites in Cordova Area


Looking through the picnic area shelter to the wall of Childs Glacier across the river

Open to public and Permitees.

Currently, the Childs Glacier campground cannot be accessed via the Copper River Highway due to Bridge 339 being closed by Alaska DOT&PF.

There is a permittee that will take people in to the site for a fee.

Find more information at the link below. 

Famous for it's calving icebergs, Childs Glacier puts on a great show.

Copper River and Child’s Glacier trails are located on site and one half mile from site.  Fishing for salmon is available within 10 miles.  Both Brown and Black bears can be seen roaming the banks of the Copper River for fish.

Click here for information on other campgrounds in Cordova Area

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Childs Glacier is no longer accessible by road.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Closest Towns: Cordova 
Water: potable
Restroom: vault
Information Center:

Cordova Ranger District

P.O.Box 280, Cordova, AK 99574
(907) 424-7661

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Campground Camping

The Childs Glacier Recreation Site will be open in mid-June with reduced services to the public and permittees. The Copper River Highway which provides access to the popular glacier viewing area and campground was closed at the mile 36 bridge by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) in August 2011 due to erosion and structural concerns.

The Recreation Area and campsites will be open from mid-June through September 30 for public use on a first come first serve basis. Camping fees will be $10.00 per night per site. Bear-proof storage boxes and potable water will be available. Two vault toilets will be operational.

Visitors are asked to observe Leave no Trace principles and pack out whatever you pack in. No garbage cans will be available. The Forest Service will monitor and maintain the site throughout the summer.

The Forest Service is reviewing applications from several commercial operators for upriver access to the recreation site.

The Copper River Highway will remain closed until the bridge can be replaced. Replacement of the bridge is estimated to be several years out. Please visit for more information on the Highway closure and the timeline for bridge replacement. 

Fees: Pay on arrival
Difficulty Level: Moderate


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Camping trailer
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Tent camping
Interpretive Site