Fast Freeze-up on the Kuskokwim River in 2021

3 December 2021

As part of the Fresh Eyes on Ice project ( near-real time cameras are deployed near Alaskan communities to monitor freezeup and breakup conditions on rivers and lakes. We are archiving and sharing these images on YouTube as these ice phenology events occur. Here the Kuskokwim River is shown from mid September to mid December 2019. The location is above the Village of Kwethluk where the river branches into Kuskokwak Slough. Bethel Search and Rescue suggested monitoring this area because of periodic thin ice and open water during the winter. Traveling the Kuskokwim River during the winter is important for the residents of Bethel and many villages along this river of western Alaska. See Bethel Search and Rescue ( for current information on ice and travel conditions.