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Cordova - the scenic fishing village

Cordova hotels | Where to eat

For a completely different view of life on Prince William Sound take the five-hour-or-so ferry ride from Valdez to Cordova. You'll discover a small fishing town which does not have road connections, marches to its own drummer, and lives according to its own schedule.

Originally a copper town, founded by prospectors in 1884, Cordova now relies on fishing and canning to provide employment for just about all of the local residents. Many of the town's buildings were built in the 1908 copper boom.

A good place to start your walking tour of Cordova is the Cordova Historical Museum, in the Centennial Building at First and Adams. The Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center is on 1st St. next to the National Bank (424-7260).

An unforgettable day-trip experience involves driving the 50-mile (80.5-km) Copper River Highway, which leads from Cordova along a former route to the Kennicott Copper Mine. You'll find Forest Service picnic grounds along the way. The absolutely spectacular scenery includes mountains, glaciers, rushing streams and river delta. At mile 48 (km 77.2) the Million Dollar Bridge overlooks Childs Glacier and provides other breathtaking vistas, including a view of Miles Glacier and the iceberg-covered Miles Lake.

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Where to Eat

The Reluctant Fisherman Inn is a very good dining room, at 407 Railroad Avenue, and a fine place from which to watch the fishing fleet in Cordova Harbor. This is not a rustic operation, and the surprisingly sophisticated restaurant serves local fresh salmon and halibut, along with other dishes.

The Powder House, a bar and restaurant at Mile 2.1 of the Copper River Highway, is a more likely place to meet local residents than at the Reluctant Fisherman. This informal place specializes in soup, sandwiches, seafood (in season), summer barbecues, and even sushi. Bluegrass and country music is often heard in the evenings. A deck places you above Eyak Lake. This is the site of the old Copper River Railroad's powder house, built for railroad construction about 1906.

Where to Stay

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The King's Chamber
511 Fourth St., P.O. Box 965, Cordova, AK 99574
(907) 424-3373
Mark and Sandy King operate this B&B/lodging facility. It was opened in the Fall of 1994. The units include: a newly furnished 4-bedroom unit with full kitchen, laundry, and bath -- open year round; a new 3-bedroom suite with full kitchen, laundry, and bath -- open year round; and an efficiency unit with a private entrance -- available April-October.

Blue Heron Inn
P.O. Box 958, Cordova, AK 99574
(907) 424-3554
Located on Orca Road (1.5 mile), north of Cordova, the inn offers a spacious room with private entrance and drive, queen brass bed, and a loft with double bed, plus a fully equipped kitchen, dining alcove, and a private bath. A separate bedroom is available for groups of three or more. The Blue Heron has a fine ocean view with sounds from a waterfall, and sea lions, eagles, and sea otters to see. Hummingbirds are in residence in May and June. Fishing for king and silver salmon is available just across the road. Michael Noonan and Vicki Hall are your hosts.

Cordova Rose Lodge
1315 Whitshed Road, Box 1494, Cordova AK 99574
(907) 424-7673
A B & B on a barge by a large mud flat makes an unusual place to stay. Near the barge sits an old lighthouse, maintained by the B & B's owners, the Glein family. A full breakfast is served. The Copper River Delta, of which the Hartney Bay mud flats are a part, attracts millions of migratory shorebirds each year, and the jetty is close-by for walking.

Oystercatcher Bed & Breakfast
P.O. Box 1735, Cordova AK 99574
(907) 424-5154
One of several B & B homes in Cordova, this one is two blocks from town. A full breakfast is served. For reservations, call late in the day. The owner is a teacher.

Reluctant Fisherman Inn
407 Railroad Avenue, Cordova AK 99574
(907) 424-7446
This is a modern, well-equipped and well-staffed hotel, sitting on a bluff overlooking the small boat harbor. Ask for a room overlooking the waterfront. The lobby contains Native American art and artifacts, and the decor in the bar needs to be checked out.

Cordova Camping

Municipal Campground
c/o City Hall, Cordova AK 99574
The city campground, with showers, is one mile from town on Whitshed Road. Facilities include RV and tenting sites.

Cabin Lake Campground
You'll find seven picnic sites and 12 camp sites, reached by 3-mile road opposite the Cordova airport.


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