11-22-15 Bethel Area Ice Report*

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Sample of ice from mid-channel near the Crowley fuel dock

Sample of ice from mid-channel near the Crowley fuel dock

With cooler temperatures and fresh snow People are getting anxious to get started on their usual winter activities.

A BSAR team did an initial assessment of ice conditions in the immediate Bethel area today.

The area assessed was from the upper end of Oscarville Slough to the lower end of Church Slough. This is what they observed:

Ice thickness

Mid Channel straight out from the upper end of Oscarville Slough – 8″. There appears to be a well-traveled trail to Oscarville and Napaskiak using Oscarville Slough.

Bethel waterfront from Crowley to Brown Slough averaged 10″

The mouth of Straight Slough – 8″

10" of mostly good clear ice along the Bethel waterfront

10″ of mostly good clear ice along the Bethel waterfront

DANGER: STRAIGHT SLOUGH IS WIDE OPEN AT BOTH THE UPPER AND LOWER ENDS

Open water danger at the lower end of Straight Slough

Open water danger at the lower end of Straight Slough

Main River crossing to lower end of Church Slough – 8″ – No established trail through Church Slough at this time.

Additional Observations:

The safest and most heavily traveled routes from Bethel to the nearby villages is still by the back (overland) trails.

No open water is marked at this time and these dangerous areas are extremely hard to see in low light/low visibility.

As conditions improve Kuskokwim SAR trams will be working to mark the holes and established safe trails.

Additional updates will be provided as more information comes in. We hope to do an aerial survey before Thanksgiving.

Thank you & safe travels from BSAR

*Please note that this in not an advisory that it is safe to travel. It is for informational purposes only.

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