The Copper River Watershed Project works to foster the health of the Copper River watershed’s salmon-based communities, economies and cultures.

Our Programs Making a Difference


We have completed a variety of habitat restoration & monitoring projects throughout the Copper River watershed to improve fish passage, re-vegetate and stabilize habitats for spawning and rearing salmon, assess water quality and identify salmon habitat for listing in the Alaska Department of Fish & Game’s Andaromous Waters Catalog.


CRWP programs take science learning outside for kids from grades K – 12. We lead field trips and classroom sessions on aquatic habitat, stormwater pollution, the salmon lifecycle, and watershed science. Students also participate in raising salmon fry from eggs in a classroom tank and releasing the fry come spring.


The Copper River watershed’s remote communities have much to offer! From the Copper River delta to the Wild and Scenic Gulkana River to North America’s largest World Heritage site in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, visitors are encouraged to explore the watershed’s unique geography and rich history.


Wild Salmon, Wild Watershed Dinner Series

We’re excited to partner with the Copper River/Prince William Sound Marketing Association to host events in restaurants around the country to help share Copper River salmon and the story behind the fish with a wider audience. These events are unique gatherings of old and new friends who enjoy multiple courses that feature delicious, wild Copper River salmon. A portion of proceeds from each event is shared with CRWP in support of our salmon habitat restoration, monitoring, and education programs.


Apply Now for the 2016 Copper River Stewardship Program

All students currently in 8-12 grade with a connection to the Copper River watershed are invited to apply for the 2016 Copper River Stewardship Program. This year’s trip will take place June 27-July 8 and will include a multi-day rafting trip on the Copper River from Chitina to Cordova as well as time to explore the uniqueness of the Copper Basin and the Copper River Delta. Cost is $300, and scholarships are available. Download application materials.