This was recently posted to the KCK listserve:
I went to Fort Richardson today to do the paperwork for Eagle River rafting
this season. Different location, different paperwork. Here is what I
The "Eagle River Boating License" is no more. The $5 fee is gone. No need
to go to building 794. Everything is done at the front gate. No need to be
a KCK member.
The new paperwork is "USAG-AK RECREATIONAL ACCESS PERMIT" combined with
"Fort Richardson USARTRAK" system -- which allows the recreational user to
check in and check out by phone and keeps us informed about base closures.
The access permit is free. It is good for two years.
Hours to obtain an access permit are 8 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays
and Thursdays, at the Fort Richardson main gate.
It looks like each day you plan to boat the river will require a phone call
to an automated system, entering your permit number, enter number in group,
selecting an area, an activity, checking range closures, entering areas you
will visit. That's to check in. Check out is another phone call and
entering your permit number. A colorful flyer explains all this and gives
a sample phone menu. It might even work. The phone system currently has a
long pause before it gives the next option -- they are trying to speed it
As always, a "U.S. ARMY ALASKA VISITOR/VEHICLE PASS" is required to drive
onto Fort Richardson to the take-out point. This requires a driver's
license, vehicle registration, IM certificate, and insurance card. This is
a single-day pass, so you will have to do this every time.
Eagle River is gauged by the National Weather Service at https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=pafc&gage=erba2.
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