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Visit The Copper Valley in Alaska

Greater Copper Valley Chamber Of Commerce


Copper River Salmon





Copper River Salmon

Alaska provided almost 53 percent of the fish harvested in the United States last year, a vast majority of that catch was the salmon for which Alaska is famous. More than 4.3 billion pounds of seafood were caught in Alaska, worth $1.6 billion. Most of that harvest was by our fleet of hundreds of commercial fishermen feeding this resource to the world.

But also, thousands of visitors come to Alaska each year to enjoy world-class sport fishing and our Red and King Salmon is at the top of their list.

Additionally, for the sports angler, the river and lake systems in the area support numerous species of fish including rainbow trout, dolly varden, whitefish, turbot, grayling, steelhead and northern pike. 

The Copper River and tributaries are spawning and rearing habitat for six species of anadramous fish. Salmon was probably one of the most important food resources of the Ahtna people, and it remains an important part of the diet of Copper Basin residents. Because of their long upstream journey, the Copper River salmon store up large fat reserves to sustain them, making them greatly valued for their high oil content. Learn more about the world famous Copper River Salmon here

Based on escapement and harvest data, an average of 1 to 3 million salmon return to the Copper River annually. On average Alaskans harvest 224,000+ sockeye, 8,800+ Chinook and 3,200+ Coho in dip nets and fish wheels in the Copper River.  About 11,000 residents participate in the dipnet fishery near Chitina.  

The Copper River has the longest continuous runs of salmon in the world.  With its head waters at Copper Lake in the Wrangell-St. Elias Natioal park and exeting into the Gulf of Alaska at Cordova we experience about 123 separate runs of Sockeye (Red) salmon, 46 runs of Chinook (King) salmon and many runs of Coho (Silver) salmon. 

Copper river salmon are world famous for their exceptional flavor. Sport fishing for salmon is best June, July, and August.  In addition to salmon we also have excellent populations of graying, rainbow trout, dolly varden and lake trout.  Adding to the experience of fishing in our many streams and rivers several local lakes are stocked annualy by the State of Alaska's Department of Fish and Game.

Whether you choose to fish on your own or book a charter woth one of our many experienced guides services, you will experience a world class fishery in the Copper River tributaires.  Below you will find a list of some of our many fishing guide ser vices in the beautiful Copper Valley. ____________________________________________________________________________

Copper River Salmon Charters
Mile 128.5 Richardson Highway
P. O. Box 222
Gakona, AK 99586
Phone: (907) 822-3664
Toll Free: 1-888-462-3221

E-mail: gakona@gakonaak.net

Copper River Salmon Charters offers quality King (Chinook) and Red (Sockeye) salmon charters in the Copper River drainages of the beautiful Copper Valley for 30 years. Our returning and referred clients speaks to the satisfaction of our program and the professionalism of our experienced guides, who are fully licensed, permitted and insured. We use professional equipment so we know that your wilderness experience on the Gulkana and Klutina Rivers will be a memorable during your Alaska adventure.



Chugach Outfitters
C60 Box 148-T
Copper Center, AK 99573
Phone: (907) 822-4103
E-mail:   john@chugachoutfitters.net

Fish Happens
Mile 187 Glenn Highway
P. O. Box 329
Glennallen, AK 99588
Phone: (907) 320-2723
E-Mail: brad@avak.biz

Gakona Lodge and Trading Post
Mile 2 Tok Cut-Off
P. O. Box 285
Gakona, AK 99586
Phone: (907) 822-3482
E-mail: valorie@gakonalodge.com

Grove’s Klutina River Charters
Mile 100.5 Old Richardson Highway
P. O. Box 75
Copper Center, AK 99573
Phone: (907) 822-5822
E-mail: Groveklutina@hotmail.com

Gulkana River Ranch
P. O. Box 166
Mile 129.6 Richardson Highway
Gakona, AK 99586
Phone: (907) 822-3130
E-mail: fishon@gulkanariverranch.com

Kingfisher’s Perch
Mile 127 Richardson Highway
P. O. Box 112
Phone: (907) 822-5411
E-mail: info@alaskakings.com

King for a Day Charters
Mile 100.5 Richardson Highway
P. O. Box 372
Copper Center, AK 99573
Phone: (907) 822-3092
E-mail: king4day@alaska.net

Klutina Lodge, LLC
Mile 100 Old Richardson Highway
P.O. Box 327
Copper Center, Alaska 99573
Phone: (907) 822-4570
E-mail: mailto:jwest@gci.net''

Klutina Salmon Charters
Mile 101 Old Richardson Highway
P. O. Box
Copper Center, AK 99573
Phone: (907) 822-3991
E-mail: kscharters@gmail.com

Ram River Guides
Mile 127 Richardson Highway
P. O. Box 101
Gakona, AK 99586
Phone: (907) 822-5252
E-mail: akramriver@gmail.com

River Wrangellers
Mile 100.2 Richardson Highway
P. O. Box 111
Copper Center, AK 99573
Phone: (907) 822-3967
E-mail: info@riverwrangellers.com

Rough Waters Alaska, LLC
Mile 100 Old Richardson Highway
P. O. Box 341
Copper Center, AK 99573
Phone:  888-KLUTINA (888 558-8462)
E-mail: radar@roughwatersalaska.com


4th of July Parade!

The Glennallen Community Parade Committee is seeking donations for ourAnnual July 4th Community Parade and Family Fun Day. This year’s parade theme is “Copper River Salmon.” Plans for our 2012 Independence Day Festivities are well on their way. As in the past years, it is sure to be another fun-filled day for our small town. Each year we strive to collect donations  from businesses frequently visited by our community members. We use the donations as prizes for winning parade participants and Family Fun Day activities.

 Since this parade is attended by local community members as well asmany tourists traveling through our area, this is an excellent opportunity to advertise your business in the Copper River Basin. We will be publicly acknowledging the Independence Day sponsors during the local radio coverage of the parade by KCAM and in our annual article published by the local newspaper, Copper River Record.

Our July 4th activities our based solely on donations from contributing businesses, so on behalf of the community members of Glenallen and surrounding areas, we would like to thank you for your time and consideration for supporting this event. Donations can be mailed to the address listed below. If you have any questions or would like further information please contact

Greg Boyd or Aaron Jackson at 822-5252 or by email at akboydman@gmail.com

Wrangell Mountain Air

Wrangell Mountain Air

Specializing in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

Our specialty is providing you a unique Alaskan experience in America’s largest National Park. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park has been called the Himalayas of North America, and no wonder; this vast area includes numerous mountain peaks from 14,000' to 19,550', uncounted glaciers and the largest ice field in North America. With over 20,000 square miles of roadless wilderness, flying is the only way to see and experience the wonders of the park. All of our flights are designed to show you the very best Wrangell-St. Elias has to offer. Whether you take a flightseeing tour or a multi-day backcountry trip you can count on our expertise and knowledge of Wrangell-St. Elias.

Kennicott Glacier Lodge

Kennicott Glacier Lodge

For a comfortable and historic Alaska lodge, look no further than Kennicott Glacier Lodge. Built in 1987, the Kennicott Lodge is a replica of one of the historic mining buildings from the copper mining boom town days. We are located near the center of the 40 remaining structures in the ghost town of Kennicott, a company town built circa 1910.

The Main Lodge has 25 Guest rooms, a dining room, 2 living rooms, and a 190 foot long front porch with a panoramic view of the Chugach and Wrangell Mountains.

Tolsona Lodge

Tolsona Lake Resort is under NEW management!

Located 17 miles west of Glennallen, Alaska; Tolsona Lake Lodge and Resort is an experience you will crave again and again. Whether it's outdoor activities or just a place to get away that you're looking for, you won't need to look any farther than here. Experience the tranquil view from our restaurant or bar while enjoying one of our fine meals or having a cocktail among our large display of Alaskan wildlife.

Sourdough Joe's Tried and Tested Flys

Fly Fishing had it's humble beginnings 200 years after the birth of Christ in Macedonia when they used a small wooden rod with a few feet of line. On the line was a hook with a piece of red yarn and two duck feathers.Things have certainly become more elaborate over the years, but the simple pleasure from fishing has never gone out of style.

I started tying fishing flies over 20 years ago because I could never find the one I was looking for in the tackle shops at a price I could afford! I have been marketing my flies in Alaska since 1982 and make custom flies for any fly fishing in the world. You can view my work here and on e-bay. I am looking forward to receiving your orders at Sourdough Joe's Tried and Tested Flys.

Cross Road Medical Center

Cross Road Medical Center is a not-for-profit Christian Community Health Center serving the residents of South Central Alaska. Since 1956, CRMC has been the only MD level provider of health care for an area nearly the size of West Virginia.

Upcoming Mobile Health Program Events 1/12/12 - Cross Road will hold off-site clinics at the following locations. Please book an appointment ahead of time by calling 822-3203.

Mobile clinic hours are 10a-12p & 1p-3p unless otherwise noted below. Special clinics will be noted below. For more information please contact Davanea Bush, Mobile Health Program Coordinator, at 822-3203 x244 or 259-3203.

Feb 8 Kenny Lake, Kenny Lake Chapel Mar 14 Kenny Lake, Kenny Lake Chapel Apr 11 Kenny Lake, Kenny Lake Chapel May 9 Kenny Lake, Kenny Lake Chapel