DOT warns dipnetters of unstable rock slide near Chitina

A rock slide has occurred on the O’Brien Creek to Haley Creek Trail about three miles beyond the O’Brien Creek bridge at the start of the trail. (DOT photo)

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A rock slide on the O’Brien Creek to Haley Creek Trail is causing issues near Chitina. The slide, consisting primarily of slate, is "significant and unstable," DOT says, and could continue to slide. It’s currently unsafe for crossing by four-wheeler or on foot, the Department of Transportation & Public Facilities says.

DOT and the Department of Fish and Game are urging the public not to cross the slide. If individuals do cross the slide, they are at the risk of being hurt while crossing or of being trapped beyond the slide. Due to operator safety concerns and the location of the slide, DOT & PF will not be able to clear the slide during the 2019 fishing season. DOT & PF tentatively plans to address the rock slide this fall.

The O’Brien Creek to Haley Creek Trail is frequently used by dip netters traveling by four-wheeler. The popular Chitina Personal Use Dip Net Salmon Fishery is open periodically between June 7 and September 30. The schedule can be found on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website.

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