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Chitina (pronounced CHIT-na) was established around 1908 as a railroad stop on the Copper River & Northwestern Railway, and as a supply town for the Kennecott Copper Mines near McCarthy. The mine and railroad were abandoned in 1938. Today, Chitina is a gateway to the Wrangell St. Elias National Park. It's also a good place to get fuel and a bite to eat, before tackling the McCarthy road. I'd suggest fueling up here as I don't remember there being any fuel after this point. You'll need enough to drive 120 miles at 20 miles per hour. There are also some historic buildings and abandoned cars here. This pond and the truck in the photo are located behind the It'll Do Cafe.
A big attraction is the seasonal salmon run (reds, kings, or silvers) which brings hundreds of dip-netters and spectators to the Copper River. The season runs from June through September and it's worth a look to see the fish wheels and dip nets in action. To get to Chitina, turn off the Richardson Highway onto the Edgerton Highway (between Valdez and Glenallen) and drive 33 miles (53km).

  • Last visit to Chitina: Jul 2001
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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