Here’s what it takes to build Alaska’s highways of ice

Frozen rivers are vital transportation routes for communities outside the state’s traditional road system.

  • John Paul pulls white fish from a set net alongside the Kuskokwim River ice road near Napaskiak, Alaska.

  • Parishioners of St. Jacob's Russian Orthodox church in Napaskiak, Alaska, celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany just off the ice road. Epiphany is celebrated to commemorate Jesus' baptism in the River Jordan.

  • Jamie Hoffman and Jeff Caramut of Bethel head upriver from the village of Napakiak. “My wife and I are just cruising around and checking out Napakiak,” Caramut said.