Sourdough Creek Campground
Volunteer Host Position Description
Sourdough Creek Campground is located adjacent to the Gulkana Wild River and Sourdough Creek at Milepost 147.5 on the Richardson Highway. The country is very scenic with the Wrangell-St. Elias Mountains visible on clear days. Vegetation is spruce forest (taiga) and tundra. Wildlife is often seen - eagles, bear, moose, caribou, waterfowl, porcupine and more. The Gulkana Wild River is well-known for the King and Red salmon runs. Grayling are often caught in Sourdough Creek.
The campground facilities include: 45 campsites (2 walk-in and 43 vehicle sites with a table, parking and fire ring), boat launch, picnic area, outhouses, bulletin boards, hiking trail, and universally accessible fishing ramps and trails. There is a potable water holding tank with faucet for visitor use located between the campground and boat launch.
Sourdough Creek Campground is the take-out point for many rafters and canoeist that float the Gulkana Wild River and is also the put-in and take-out for motorized boaters. The campground and boat launch are very heavily used from approximately Memorial Day through mid-July by fishermen and boaters, as the run of King salmon in the Gulkana occurs during this time. Many commercial fishing guides launch from Sourdough Campground. After mid-July, the campground generally is very quiet.
Duties of the campground host will be to check campers for fee payment; answer questions from the public and provide area information and brochures; explain campground and Gulkana Wild River use policies; light maintenance duties such as staining picnic tables, mowing weeds/grass, and picking up litter; reading traffic counter and maintaining records of campground and boat launch use daily; check boat launch register stand and collect register sheet data, and report any problems or incidents to the Outdoor Recreation Planner.
Garbage collection and outhouse janitorial maintenance are performed two or three times per week under contract or by maintenance staff. Repairs are done by the BLM recreation maintenance worker.
Dates of duty are approximately one week before Memorial Day through Labor Day. (We may be able to negotiate a shorter season.) The work rotation is generally 10 workdays on and 4 days off (M-TH every other week).
Campground host amenities will include a $42/day meal cost reimbursement and mileage payment for use of personal vehicle (generally one trip to the Field Office each work rotation). It also includes electric hookup, potable water holding tank, septic holding tank for dumping and some reimbursement for propane.
The position requires that the host provide their own housing in the form of a recreational vehicle. Communication with the Field Office and other BLM campgrounds will be by two way radio and satellite phone supplied by BLM. A Kawasaki Mule and John Deer mower are provided for daily work.
Most facilities are 35 miles to the south in Glennallen. Facilities include Cross Roads Medical Center (with pharmacy, clinic and emergency room), bank, gas stations, grocery store, dump station, restaurants, post office, clothing store, visitor center, chamber of commerce, State Troopers, library and more. Prices are fairly high. The BLM Glennallen Field Office is located at Milepost 186.5 on the Glenn Highway in Glennallen.
June is usually somewhat dry and sunny. July is often rainy and August varies, with autumn arriving about mid-month. It can snow during any month, but also can get in the 80's during the summer. Be prepared for any kind of weather. Rain gear, wool hat and gloves, rubber boots and mosquito repellent are essential items.