This is a great multiday trip on a very big and fast-moving river. Most take-out at the highway
bridge outside Cordova although it is possible to continue through the Copper River Delta and out into
the Gulf of Alaska if you're prepared for sea kayaking. A railroad once ran parrallel to the river but it
has since been removed. There is continued talk of completing a road link that would connect Cordova
to the rest of Alaska's road network. The environmental issues and the signifcant cost of maintaining a
road along this river have so far kept it from being built.
For a longer journey you can begin your trip on the Middle Copper or Upper Copper. Alternatively, you could also start your run on the Chitina and it's tributaries that extend up into the St.
Elias Mountains. Don't confuse this run with the Iliamna Copper, which is 600 miles to the West.
There were several USGS gages on the Copper,
including Copper near
Cordova. At present they're all inactive. This river
Permits are not required for this reach.
We have no additional detail on this route.
Use the map below to calculate how
to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.
downstream @ Dewey Cr
Miles Lake, Copper River
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