WRANGELL ST ELIAS SUBSISTENCE RESOURCE COMMISSION TO MEET IN CHISTOCHINA
The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Subsistence Resource Commission will meet at the Chistochina Community Hall on Tuesday, October 29, and Wednesday, October 30, to consider a range of issues related to subsistence hunting and fishing in the park. More »
WRANGELL-ST. ELIAS TO CLOSE HEADQUARTER’S VISITOR CENTER FOR THE WINTER
Copper Center, AK – The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Visitor Center in Copper Center will be closed for the winter beginning November 1. More »
Wrangell-St. Elias is home to a tremendous array of fish resources. With hundreds of miles of streams draining into two of Alaska’s major river systems, the Park contains a diverse range of fish species as well as many abundant populations, including salmon populations that support large fisheries.
The Copper River and most of its tributaries are migration routes for sockeye, coho, and king salmon. These fish transport large quantities of marine derived nutrients into otherwise nutrient poor systems. These marine derived nutrients support many of our aquatic ecosystems.
Small lakes and clear water tributaries contain lake trout, Dolly Varden, burbot, grayling, cutthroat and rainbow trout, sculpin, suckers, and whitefish. Some of the northernmost populations of steelhead occur within the Park/Preserve.
Despite the uniqueness and diversity of Wrangell-St. Elias, relatively few scientific investigations have been undertaken resulting in a paucity of information about the environment, its inhabitants and the role park/preserve resources play in fulfilling a subsistence lifestyle. The knowledge of fish species that are not actively pursued by anglers remains relatively limited.
The National Park Service and the State of Alaska cooperatively manage the wildlife resources of the Park and Preserve. An Alaska State fishing license is required for all anglers age 16 or older. Bag and possession limits vary by species and by area. Always check current fishing regulations.
Did You Know?
The bark of the Quaking Aspen tree (Populus tremuloides), containing such salicylate chemicals as salicine and populin, has been used medicinally to treat a myriad of symptoms and conditions, such as pain, fever, arthritis, inflammation, and rheumatism.