Klutina River

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Coordinates: 61°57′19″N 145°17′09″W / 61.95528°N 145.28583°W / 61.95528; -145.28583
Klutina River
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Klutina River
Country United States
State Alaska
Census Area Valdez–Cordova
Source Klutina Glacier
 - location Chugach Mountains
 - elevation 2,287 ft (697 m) [1]
 - coordinates 61°23′54″N 146°07′33″W / 61.39833°N 146.12583°W / 61.39833; -146.12583 [2]
Mouth Copper River
 - location Copper Center
 - elevation 961 ft (293 m) [2]
 - coordinates 61°57′19″N 145°17′09″W / 61.95528°N 145.28583°W / 61.95528; -145.28583 [2]
Length 63 mi (101 km) [2]
Location of the mouth of the Klutina River in Alaska

The Klutina River (Tl’atii Na’ in Ahtna) is a 63-mile (101 km) tributary of the Copper River in the U.S. state of Alaska.[2][3][4] Beginning at Klutina Glacier in the Chugach Mountains, the river flows generally northeast, passing through Klutina Lake, to meet the larger river at the community of Copper Center.[5] The river mouth is 66 miles (106 km) northeast of Valdez.[2]

Fishing[edit]

Accessible from the Richardson Highway, which passes through Copper Center, the Klutina River and its tributaries are a major fishery for sockeye salmon and trophy-sized king salmon, the latter sometimes weighing between 50 and 90 pounds (23 and 41 kg).[6] Floatplanes and jet boats, trails, and an unimproved four-wheel-drive road between Copper Center and Klutina Lake provide additional access to game fish in the watershed. In addition to salmon, the main species are Dolly Varden and Arctic grayling.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Derived by entering source coordinates in Google Earth.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Klutina River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. March 31, 1981. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service: Anchorage: Klutina River at Copper Center". National Weather Service. Retrieved September 10, 2008. 
  4. ^ "State’s Title to Submerged Lands Beneath the Klutina River Documented". Alaska Department of Law. September 15, 2004. Retrieved September 10, 2008. 
  5. ^ Alaska Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2010. pp. 85–86. ISBN 978-0-89933-289-5. 
  6. ^ a b Limeres, Rene; Pedersen, Gunnar, et al. (2005). Alaska Fishing: The Ultimate Angler's Guide (3rd ed.). Roseville, California: Publishers Design Group. pp. 309–10. ISBN 1-929170-11-4.