We believe the Copper River watershed can have a vibrant, healthy future.

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 Food Feast Events (POSTPONED)

Every year CRWP celebrates the Copper River watershed by hosting two Wild Food Feast and Film Festivals, one for residents of Cordova and one for residents of the Copper Basin. *Unfortunately, given the COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, we are putting our social gatherings on hold, thank you for your patience.*

Cordova: April 4, 2020 (postponed)

Glennallen: April 25, 2020 (postponed)

Both events include a Wild Food cook-off and prizes are awarded for the best dish made from ingredients that flew, swam, walked, and grew in the region. The Cook-off is followed by a wild film festival.



CRWP Hosts a Community Float Trip on the Slana River: Saturday August 10, 2019

The Copper River Watershed Project invites you to join us in a celebration of the amazing Copper River watershed by jumping into a canoe or kayak to meander down one of its tributaries.

On August 10th we will float the Slana River, between MP 65 on the Tok Cutoff to the confluence with Yetna CreekCanoes, PFDs, paddles, and lunch will be provided. We will meet at the Slana School at 10 am on August 10th. All ages are welcome and it is free for everyone. 

During this day-trip we will learn about local fish and insect species through hands-on explorations and discuss strategies for supporting healthy salmon populations in an ever-changing environment. We will take time to enjoy the company of old and new friends over a picnic lunch and reflect on the incredible landscape that surrounds us in this corner of the watershed. And as we drag our toes or dip our fingers in the Slana River, we will think of the journey that lies ahead for each drop of water, headed downstream, through the Wrangells and into the Chugach Mountains…meandering across the Copper River Delta and into the Gulf of Alaska.

From Mentasta Lake and Slana to Cordova, the tributaries of the Copper River connect us. We look forward to connecting with you and hope you will join us on this river adventure!

Limited space in canoes is available. Contact the Copper River Watershed Project at (907) 424-3334 or  kristin@copperriver.org to RSVP by August 7th. All ages welcome! The trip is free for all participants.
Please let us know how many people are in your party and if you will be using a canoe provided or bringing your own canoe or kayak.
Meet at the Slana School at 10 am on Saturday August 10th to depart for the canoe trip.            We will plan to carpool from the Slana School to the put-in at MP 65 on the Tok Cutoff.