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Contact: Karl Sommerhauser, Chief Ranger, 907-973-0026
Skagway – Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park has closed the Dyea Campground and Chilkoot Trail to all use due to flooding conditions along the Taiya River.
The National Weather Service Juneau Office issued a Flood Warning on Wednesday, October 12th after the Taiya River reached action flood stage of 16 feet with significant rain expected. The water levels along the Taiya River continue to rise, currently at 19.63 feet. The entrance road and several campsites have flooded. Heavy rains forecasted for Thursday suggest increasing river levels through the day, with the river not likely receding to below moderate flood state until later in the week. Please use caution if heading to The Slide Cemetery and Dyea Townsite. The NPS portion of the Dyea Flats Road is restricted to one lane traffic due to the damage caused in the flooding event last week and we anticipate significant additional damage due to this event.
Park officials will assess conditions daily to determine if the campground and trail can be reopened. Contact the park at (907) 983-9200 for the latest trail conditions and closure information. A follow-up press release will be issued once sites has been reopened or if additional closures are necessary.
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park was created in 1976 to preserve and interpret the historic structures, trails, artifacts, landscapes, and stories associated with the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897-98. The park preserves 23 historic structures in Skagway, the historic Chilkoot Trail in partnership with Parks Canada, and is the most visited national park site in Alaska.
Last updated: January 12, 2023