Faulkner Walsh Constructors is working on a barge in Steamboat Slough just a few miles upriver of Bethel which is blocking off boat traffic. The Bethel based construction company has been hired to remove a sunken barge from the middle of the slough.
Joe Korthius, Manager of Barge Operations for the company, says that the slough will be blocked off at the lower end for the next few days. He says boaters might be able to get by at high tide with a small skiff but it’s closed off at low tide.
The bottom of Steamboat Slough begins about a mile upriver of Bethel and connects back with the river near Schwalbe Island on the main stem of the Kuskokwim. There are multiple fish camps located within the slough.