Old Richardson Highway, Copper Center, AK, USA
Wrangell St-Elias National Park
Old Town Copper Center is close to the main headquarters and entrance to spectacular Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the largest National Park in the United States. The headquarters for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve is located at mile 106.8 Richardson Highway, in Copper Center, Alaska just 6 miles from out Inn and Restaurant.
Most park staff are located here. The park superintendent and most administrative personnel are stationed at park headquarters.D
Its 13.2 million acres boast 9 of the 16 tallest mountains in the country. The park shares its eastern border with Canada's Kluane National Park. Looking east from Glennallen, from the Tok Road, or along the Richardson south of Glennallen, you are looking into an immense display of great volcanic summits including Mount Wrangell. Wrangell is an active volcano that last erupted in 1900. Seismologists say another eruption is NOT imminent (just so you know).
Wrangell-St. Elias is a unique park, allowing traditional hunting and fishing and gathering by local residents as well as managed access to its interior wilderness areas via bush planes, boats, and ATVs. Outside its vast ice fields (the Bagley Ice Field is 127 miles long and 3000' thick at some points) the remote rivers and lakesides are dotted by cabins and camps, a legacy of long use by Native peoples and more recent prospectors and miners.
Mile 101 Old Richardson Hwy Copper Center
Fishing on the Klutina River
Old Town Copper Center Inn guests are invited to access Klutina River salmon waters from our property. Others may use the fishing area for a small fee.
Our neighbors nearby at Klutina Groves Campground, offer Klutina River Fishing Charters from their campgrounds at Mile 100.5 Old Richardson Highway.Copper Center,AK 99573
Nearby lakes and streams--many accessible from the Glenn and Richardson Highways--offer Rainbow and Lake Trout, burbot, grayling, and steelhead.
Additionally, many local lakes are stocked by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Contact the ADFG local field office in Glennallen for fishing regulations and maps of the area, as well as information about stocked lakes and state managed trails and waysides. Phone ADFG at 907-822-3309 during regular weekly business hours.
Kennicott, McCarthy, AK 99566
Abandoned before the mid-20th century, Kennecott drew enough attention after the 1980's to initiate its stabilization and rehabilitation by the Park Service. Current visitors to Kennecott enjoy NPS tours of the restored mill town, available each day during the summer.Visiting McCarthy and Kennecott is worth the small journey to get there, 3-4 hours via road (See other road and air options below).
The road leads south through Kenny Lake and historic Chitina, through an impressive railroad cut above the broad confluence of the Copper and Chitina Rivers, and onto the 60 mile McCarthy Road to McCarthy and Kennecott. Check in at the NPS Visitors' cabin at Chitina, just before you cross the Copper River on a modern bridge. North of the bridge you'll see a small city of fish wheels turning all along the river, bringing local subsistence users a bright seasonal catch.
Beyond Chitina, motorists are following the route of the Copper River and Northwestern Railroad. This railroad heritage is evident in large abandoned trestles along the roadway and the occasional railroad spike that emerges from the gravel roadway to threaten rubber tires. Vehicles traverse the deep Kuskulana River gorge on a beautiful and breath-taking one-lane bridge built for the railroad in 1910 .