The Copper River is one of Alaska greatest rivers. Its delta spreads over 584 square miles and supports the famous Copper River Wild Salmon fishery, known the world over. It provides a home or flyway stopover for over 500,000 migratory birds, and is known internationally as part of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve network. www.whsrn.org - Copper River Delta
For thousands of years the region has been a productive home and crossroads for Native peoples, traveling by kayak, dugout canoes and umiaks, and across land on foot, snow shoes and dogsleds. From 1911 to 1938 the Copper River & Northwestern railroad brought some $300 million worth of rich copper ore to the harbor town of Cordova. Today the lower 52 miles of this abandoned railroad cross some of the most incredible natural scenery in the state of Alaska. It is known as the Copper River Highway.
- Attend the Nationally recognized Shorebird festival.
- Take a bike ride to the Million Dollar Bridge.
- Have a picnic at Childs Glacier.
- Enjoy a day in town shopping, strolling through the museum and linger over a cup of coffee and admire the view of the busy harbor.
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