Hours reduced for Lena Beach Recreation Area

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - In response to growing calls from Juneau residents, the Lena Beach Recreation Area is now available to the public from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. This is a slight reduction in the area’s hours, which previously allowed use until midnight.

    Due to its proximity to homes on either side of Lena Cove, noise from the recreation area can impact residents. Sound carries easily across the water.
    “We’ve received an increasing number of calls from the public, and we want the people enjoying our managed recreation sites to be good neighbors,” said Pete Schneider, Recreation Program Manager for the Juneau Ranger District.
    The update to the closure times is consistent with nationwide closure times for day-use recreation sites. Signs are now posted to let people know the use of the facilities is not permitted after 10 p.m. and before 6 am., including through reservations. Any requests to use the facility outside of these hours would require an authorized special use permit.
    The Lena Beach Recreation Area is located on Glacier Highway near Lena Cove and provides several day-use shelters for users, along with fire rings, grills, and restrooms. This recreation area receives consistent use by the public as a valuable year-round recreation facility. Forest Service staff would like to remind users of these great facilities to try and leave them as good or better than they found them.
    “We work hard to maintain our recreation areas,” said Matt Adams, a recreation specialist at the Juneau Ranger District. “It’s great when we can have these available for the public and even better when users help us keep them clean for the next guest.”


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