Lena Beach recreation area re-opened, site significantly improved

Contact(s): Paul Robbins Jr.

JUNEAU, Alaska, August 31, 2018 – The Lena Beach Recreation Area will re-open this Saturday, September 1, 2018, just in time for Labor Day weekend! Originally built in the 1950’s, the area had significantly deteriorated until a major renovation began in October of 2017.  

The $1.3 million project was awarded to Sealaska, who recently completed the installation of new picnic shelters and barbecue areas, aligned and reconstructed the road, improved accessibility and parking, built a new bridge over Picnic Creek, and removed a small culvert and fish ladder. Removing the fish ladder allowed Picnic Creek, a natural salmon stream, to more easily flow underneath. 

“We’ve seen some salmon already trying to come upstream during high tide,” said Dick Kraft, who oversaw daily operations for Sealaska during the construction. 

The Tongass National Forest is nearly 17 million acres and is the largest, intact temperate rain forest in the world. The forest a major economic resource to the communities of southeast Alaska, providing considerable employment and revenue through industries like tourism, commercial fishing, timber, mining and more. These sectors contributed 12,719 jobs regionally and accounted for more than $539 million in annual labor income in 2017. For more information about the Tongass NF, visit www.fs.usda.gov/main/tongass/home.  

For interviews and information to be used for publication, contact the Tongass Public Affairs Officer at 907-228-6201 or paulrobbins@fs.fed.us.  

For interviews and information about Sealaska, contact Communications Director Melanie Coon at 206-693-2395 or Melanie.coon@sealaska.com.  

Lena Beach Improvements Bridge Before Lena Beach Improvements Bridge After
Lena Beach Shelter 2 before improvements Lena Beach Shelter 2 after improvements

Photos: Lena Beach bridge from downtstream before improvements, Lena Beach bridge from downstream after improvements, Lena Beach shelter 2 before improvements, Lena Beach shelter 2 after improvements

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