BSAR measures river ice near Bethel
A snow machine swamped recently in overflow. Photo courtesy of BSAR.
Local volunteers with the Bethel Search and Rescue headed out on the Kuskokwim River Saturday to check ice depths near town. They found a couple of spots with just a few inches of ice. All areas were less than three feet thick. The thinnest area of concern was the open hole area at Joe Pete’s fish camp which is three inches or less in the middle with small open holes still showing.
The Hospital Landing in the mid channel had 25 inches of ice.
The mid-channel in front of the Lomack Building measured 27 inches.
The mouth of Brown Slough had 33 inches of ice.
The mouth of Straight Slough had 25 inches.
The old open hole that was in Straight Slough now has 13 inches of ice.
The mid-channel across from the lower end of Church Slough has 34 inches.
Bethel Search and Rescue says these measurements are 25-30% less ice than normal for this time of the year.