KENAI, Alaska -

Erosion is eating away at river beaches around Ninilchik, destroying shoreline campsites.

Officials say the beach at Ninilchik State Recreation Area has been eroding for about 20 years, but a storm took out enough beachfront to force closure of the campground.

The Peninsula Clarion says state parks officials and the Southern Kenai Peninsula State Parks Citizens Advisory Board toured the Ninilchik beach and Deep Creek State Recreation area earlier this month.

Advisory board deputy chair Mike Schuster says a 2010 storm wiped out 30 campsites at the Ninilchik site.

He says Deep Creek has lost about 15 campsites, with significant loss last year. Schuster says some day parking space has been redefined as campsites.

Plans are under way to rebuild lost beachfront at Deep Creek.