This region marks the headwaters of the Susitna and Copper Rivers, the two major rivers of southcentral Alaska. All five salmon species can be caught in this region, as well as many excellent places for trout and burbot. Lake Louise offers trophy class lake trout while Paxson/Summit Lakes offer similar action for lake trout and burbot. The upper Copper, Gulkana, and Klutina Rivers offer excellent salmon opportunities, while the Gulkana is also a popular destination for whitewater rafting. As with most interior regions, arctic grayling abound in most bodies of water.
This swift, glacially-fed river delivers one of the top sports salmon fisheries in the Copper Basin, with productive bankside fishing for famed Copper River reds and decent opportunities to land a big king salmon. You’ll find good parking and direct access to public easements along the river in Copper Center. Many professional guides also operate in the community.