The weather may be cold, but it’s too soon to get out on the river ice. That’s the message from Mark Leary with Bethel Search and Rescue, who flew the river on Wednesday, Nov. 18.
“We’re nowhere near having safe travel conditions,” said Leary. “Nowhere near.”
The Kuskokwim River is not even close to being frozen. The edge of the freezing ice is just a bit past the confluence with the Johnson River.
“As best we could tell from that half mile below the Johnson, the Kuskokwim main channel is open all the way out to the bay,” Leary said.