The Best Wildlife Viewing Spots in Cordova
Here’s our list of the best wildlife viewing spots in Cordova. Search for salmon, shorebirds, and more.
Best Wildlife Viewing Spots in Cordova
Salmon Viewing Spots
Look for the channel to a beaver pond. The channel provides access to the pond for silver salmon fry and can support up to 25,400 young salmon. The fallen trees and brush provide cover from predators. Here you will also find access to Saddlebag Glacier USFA Trail, a 3‑mile trail to Saddlebag Lake, this is the best trail for mountain biking in the district.
While on the highway look for the McKinley Lake Cabin sign and trailhead. From the trailhead, a 2 1⁄2 mile hike will take you to the Forest Service public cabin. Sockeye salmon viewing opportunities exist here and at the location another 75 yards past the cabin. Salmon viewing at this location is from mid July to mid August with best viewing in late July or early August.
This remote site is six miles north of Cordova on the east shore of Nelson Bay and is accessible by boat. Most spawning occurs with pink and chum salmon in intertidal areas and a short distance upstream. Best viewing times are mid-July through late August with best viewing in early August.
This is an undeveloped site that provides viewing opportunities of Sockeye salmon from Power Creek Road — four miles northeast of Cordova. Salmon will be in the creek from early July to mid-August with the best viewing in mid to late July. There is parking where the creek passes under the road.
Best Birding Locations
Every year, millions of shorebirds migrate from South America into Alaska where they stop to rest and feed on the Copper River Delta mud flats at Hartney Bay. Located about 5 miles south of Cordova near the end of Whitshed Road, the mudflats are host to thousands of Western Sandpiper during high tide during the first several days of May each year. Additionally, the Copper River Delta near Alaganik Slough is an excellent location to find… ...more
Located at Mile 17 of the Copper River Highway. An accessible boardwalk leads visitors to stunning views of both the expansive wetlands of the Copper River Delta and the surrounding mountains. A wide variety of wetland animals including trumpeter swans, moose, brown bear, and shorebirds can be seen in the area, especially during the spring and fall. The first half of this trail is paved with geoblock, so that it does not have a negative… ...more