Childs Glacier

Area Status: Open
Looking through the picnic area shelter to the wall of Childs Glacier across the river

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

The Childs Glacier Recreation Area and Campground cannot be accessed via the Copper River Highway due to a bridge closure. However, the recreation area is open to the public if you can get there. No reservations are needed at Forest Service campsites along the Copper River Highway. These sites are available for $10/night on a first come, first served basis with limited facilities, so plan ahead and bring water. There are 11 sites with spectacular views of two nearby glaciers and the historic Million Dollar Bridge. Contact the Cordova Chamber of Commerce or Cordova Ranger District (907) 424-7661 for details.

There are permittees who will take people in to the site for a fee.

Find more information at the links 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

The million dollar bridge and Childs Glacier Riverfront rocks at the foot of the campground A view from the viewing platform at Childs Glacier Campground Sitting at river Recreational Rafters

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
Fees: There is a $10 fee for camping at Childs Glacier.
Closest Towns: Cordova 
Water: potable
Restroom: vault
Information Center:

Cordova Ranger District

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

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

River and Stream Fishing

Fishing for salmon in the world-famous Copper River, in view of the world-famous Childs glacier.

Check Alaska Department of Fish and Game for regulations.

Permit required?: Y

Viewing Wildlife

Moose, Bear...

Viewing Scenery

Spectacular view of the world-famous wall of Childs Glacier across the river.


Interpretive Site:
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