The Kuskokwim River breakup front has stalled about 15 miles upstream of Tuluksak. Meanwhile, the Upper River ice around McGrath and Sleetmute has started making its way downstream. KYUK spoke with River Watch team member Andy Dixon for an update Friday afternoon.
The Kuskokwim breakup front sits about 15 miles upstream of Tuluksak at Coffee’s Bend. Now, it’s the only front on the Middle and Upper Kuskokwim, instead of multiple minor fronts scattered along the river.
The main break up front on the Kuskokwim remains jammed halfway between Crooked Creek and Georgetown. That’s according to an aerial survey from the Kuskokwim River Watch team, which flew from Crooked Creek to below Akiak on Tuesday.
The Napaskiak Tribal Council has closed river travel around its community. Tribal Administrator Sharon Williams says the ice is deteriorating fast. It’s turned to needles, and the slough ice near the village’s airport has shifted.