Our first stop on the Copper River float trip that began at Chitina, Alaska, was for lunch and exploration of the popular clear water tributary Haley Creek. In 1998 vehicles were able to access the old Copper River and Northwestern Railway rail bed to this point, and parts of the historic railway trestle still remained. It was a popular fishing campsite location and plans were underway to connect the rail bed across the creek with a vehicle bridge. The float from Chitina was exciting paddling through the narrow, deep, fast water of Wood Canyon just above our take out at Haley Creek.
During nineteen years living in the Copper River Basin, in Copper Center Alaska, we often camped on the wide sandy beach at Haley Creek and fished for salmon. It is one of my favorite campsites. Sometime around 2003 landslides closed vehicle access to this area and as far as I know there are no plans to reopen the trail. It is a very big loss for recreational camping. Today fishermen can still access the area by power boat and it is very popular during the Dip Net season.
Gail Niebrugge, Alaska artist