Upriver and down,
salmon are common ground
Upriver and down,
salmon are common ground
Upriver and down,
salmon are common ground


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.



CRWP Breaks Ground on First Culvert Construction Project of 2020!

The first of eleven culverts has been replaced as part of a multiyear project to improve fish passage on the Copper River Delta.  To stay up-to-date on construction process, click here.


United but Apart: A Message of Collaboration

Lisa Docken, Executive Director, shares a message of encouragement with the friends and supporters of CRWP during the Covid-19 pandemic. To read the full letter click here.


Small Fry Scavenger Hunt

Every day during Jammin’ SalmONLINE (7/13 – 7/18, 2020), the Copper River Watershed Project will share a riddle. The first person/family to solve the riddle and submit their photo proof will be declared the winner for the day and entered into the drawing to win the moose!

Submit photos by emailing them to shae@copperriver.org

View the riddles here!

Virual Wild Food Feast Recipe Swap 

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.*

Instead we are hosting a virtual Wild Food Feast Recipe Swap! With everyone (we hope you are doing your part to flatten the curve!) spending a lot of time at home practicing physical distancing, it is the perfect time to dig into the freezer, get your creative juices flowing, and come up with your unique wild foods dish or to try out that recipe that you have been wanting to try. In the spirit of keeping the tradition of cooking your best wild food dishes alive and as a fun social distancing activity we invite you to participate in our virtual Wild Food Feast recipe swap! Because this is a virtual event we are opening up participation to everyone everywhere who shares in the spirit of harvesting local foods.

For more details, to view recipes shared, and to submit your own recipe click here!