Anglers hoping to drift the Kasilof River have just five more days to wait.
According to Alaska State Parks area superintendent Jack Sinclair, the state recreation site located near the Sterling Highway bridge in Kasilof is set to open next week.
"The pavers were in there yesterday finishing up the parking area," Sinclair said Friday morning.
The Kasilof project began last August. Since the launch is essentially the only public launch on the highway, the closure has kept most anglers from accessing the popular fishery by boat since then. The only place to launch upstream of the parks site is at Tustumena Lake at its outlet into the river.
Sinclair said he was planning on heading down to the launch Friday afternoon for a final inspection. If everything looks good, he said the site should be ready for the public by the middle of next week.
"We expect the contract to be completely finished and out by May 10 with the opening to the public on May 11," he said.
The new site includes spots for 10 camping sites and 65 parking spaces. This is an increase of 45 parking spaces over the previous launch design, which should alleviate crowding issues when the river is busy with anglers unloading boats into the river.
In addition to adding parking spaces and paving the facility, the entrance to the site has been moved about a quarter of a mile south, meaning there shouldn't be nearly as much traffic congestion near the launch site.
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