Travel Attractions

Copper Center

Area: 13.7 square miles
Population: 362 (2000 census)
County: Valdez-Cordova

The Old Richardson Highway leads to historic Copper Center. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park/Preserve Info Center located at Mile 105.5 Old Richardson Highway.

Copper Center is one of the oldest non-aboriginal communities in Alaska’s Interior. Founded as a government agricultural experimental station, it later served as a transportation center for the gold rush prospectors who came over the old Richardson Trail from Valdez en route to the Forty Mile area and Dawson City.

Things to Do

The Chapel on the Hill is open to the public daily, there is no admission fee. A slide show on the area is available to visitors. The town offers a full range of services to the traveller and shouldn’t be missed.

The George I. Ashby Memorial Museum, operated by the Copper Valley Historical Society, is housed in the bunkhouse annex of the Copper Center Lodge. It contains early Russian religious articles, Athabascan baskets, telegraph and mineral displays, copper and gold mining memorabilia and trapping articles from the early-day Copper Valley. The Stampeders Cemetery is within a short walking distance.

Klutina River offers good grayling, Dolly Varden fishing. Red salmon (sockeye) runs from early June to mid-August the peaks of abundance at each end of the run, king salmon from late June to the end of July when it closes to king fishing by regulation. Inquire locally for detailed information. The Klutina-Gulkana River s offer some of the state's best fishing.

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