Copper Center

Copper Center Locator Map

Population: 297
Copper Center is located 105 miles north of Valdez on the Richardson Highway.
Copper River was founded in 1896 as a government agriculture experiment station. It was also on the Trail of ’98 used by gold stampeders head for the Klondike and later gold strikes in the Interior.  A post office and telegraph station were established here in 1901.

Facilities include accommodations and dining at the Copper Center Lodge, Tonsina River Lodge and at Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge; camping at Klutina Salmon Charters and Rough Waters Alaska (camping and cabins) campgrounds. Sewing and quilting supplies at Stitches from the Attic. Gas and groceries are available locally. Fishing charters, tackle, riverboat services and guides at Klutina Salmon Charters; phone (907) 822-3991 and River Wrangellers; phone 1-888-822-3967.

Copper Center Map


  • Historic Copper Center Lodge (1932) had its beginning as the Holman Hotel and was known as the Blix Roadhouse during the gold rush days of 1897–98.
  • George I. Ashby Memorial Museum and Trail of ‘98 Museum.
  • The Klutina River is popular for its red (sockeye) salmon run from June to early August, and its king (chinook) salmon run, which peaks in mid-July.


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