Day Tours & Attractions
Rafting Tours View All
Exploring the rivers of Copper Center, around 4 hours from Anchorage and right on the edge of gorgeous Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, brings opportunities for everything from mild floats to Class III and IV rapids. Since the Copper River Basin is a little more remote than other areas, you’ll be able to truly appreciate the wilderness as you enjoy a relaxing day on the water.
Fishing Charters View All
Experience a full- or half-day sport-fishing trip the way it was meant to be: with a relaxing visit to an uncrowded fishing hole. Depending on the season, you can try for kings, sockeye, trout, or Arctic grayling, as you angle with fishing guides who know the ins and outs of these cold, glacial drainages.
Museums & Cultural Centers View All
Get a taste of early 19th-century Alaska in Copper Center. This small community located at the confluence of the Klutina and Copper Rivers, was established in 1898 as a camp for prospecting gold miners. After the Richardson Highway route opened in 1900, roadhouses sprung up every 15 to 20 miles, providing services for travelers between Valdez and Fairbanks. You could get meals, lodging, mail service, medical help, hay for your horse, gasoline… ...more
The museums are housed in historical cabins at the Copper Center Lodge. They contain early Russian religious articles, Athabascan baskets, telegraph equipment, mineral displays, copper and gold mining memorabilia and trapping articles from the early-day Copper Valley. A short walk takes you to the Stampeders Cemetery.
Historic Park or Site View All
Points of Interest View All
Historic Copper Center is one of the oldest non-native communities in Alaska’s Interior. Founded as a government agricultural experimental station, it later served as a transportation center for gold rush prospectors. Also find the interpretive sign where you’ll learn about the local fish species that make their home in different habitat niches of Copper River watershed creeks and rivers.
Eight signs will guide you through the Copper River watershed landscape. See if you can visit all eight signs on your tour through this upriver basin formed by the ancient, glacial Lake Atna!
This 17b Easement provides access to public lands around Klutina Lake across privately owned Native land. A 60-foot wide easement proceeds approximately 23 miles along the Klutina River and bluffs and terminates at a one-acre site easement where visitors can camp and park for up to 24 hours. It is recommended for high clearance or 4‑wheel drive vehicles only. This easement extends about 7 miles through private lands, so camping or parking… ...more