The Copper Valley, in East Alaska, also known as the Copper River Basin, encompasses approximately 20,649 square miles and is bounded by the Chugach National Forest to the south, the Alaska Range to the north, and the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve to the east, and the Talkeetna and Chugach Mountains to the west. This vast region includes the Wrangell and St. Elias Mountain Range, which has nine of the 16 highest mountain peaks in North America. The Copper River, one of the major rivers on the continent, has its headwaters in Copper Lake, at the base of the Wrangell Mountains and dissects the region, flowing 250 miles to the Gulf of Alaska near Cordova.What to See and Do in the Copper Valley
With impressive scenery and opportunities for fishing, hunting, skiing, canoeing, river-floating, snow machining, boating, backpacking, horseback riding, dog-mushing and camping, the area is not just a passing point but a DESTINATION in itself!
The ultimate Alaska ROAD TRIP: Richardson Hwy, Glenn Hwy, Tok Cutoff, Edgerton Hwy, McCarthy Rd, Nabesna Rd, Alaska Pipeline and many off road adventures await you with some of the most spectacular scenery and wilderness adventures in the state.
Photo: Dip Net fishing in the Copper River
Home of the Copper River Red Salmon!
FISHING FOR THE FAMOUS COPPER RIVER SALMON:
The area has hundreds of rivers, two of which, THE GULKANA RIVER and THE KLUTINA RIVER, tributaries to the Copper River, offer world-class Chinook (King) and Sockeye (Red) salmon sport fisheries. There are at least seven float rivers that are road-accessible at beginning and end. Fishing for King and Red Salmon has never been more rewarding.
In addition to several privately owned RV parks several government agencies offer and manage recreation resources including campgrounds, rest areas, and scenic stops along the highway systems of the Copper Valley.
1. Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
2. National Park Service (NPS)
3. Alaska Department of Natural Resources
4. Alaska Division of Parks (DNR)
5. Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
We are privileged to have two excellent museums that depict the culture and heritage of people of the Copper Valley dating back for thousands of years.
1. The George Ashby Museum is in Copper Center.
2. Ahtna Heritage Foundation offers a cultural museum in the
Wrangell – St. Elias National Park Visitor Center.
Hiking trails abound throughout the Copper Valley and in its adjacent Mountains as well as along the road system in Glennallen and Kenny Lake. The US Bureau of Land Management manages approximately 1,400 miles of trails in the region, for both foot and ATV access along with the Gulkana Wild and Scenic River Corridor.
... the Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve (largest in America) is only steps away from the valley and beckons you to visit this amazing wilderness.
Map: South Central Alaska
Map: Greater Copper Valley