Wrangell-St. Elias Visitor Center Switching to Fall Hours on Sept. 20th
Wrangell-St Elias's main visitor center, located near Copper Center, AK, is on fall hours starting September 20th. The fall hours of operation are Mon.-Fri. 9:00 am-4:00 pm, closed on federal holidays.
Food Storage Requirements
Regulations Regarding Food Storage:
36 CFR §:
2.10(d) Food storage: designated areas and methods
(1) Definition: A bear resistant container (BRC) means an item constructed to prevent access by a bear. BRC’s include—
(2) Throughout the park, all food (except legally taken game) and beverages, food and beverage containers, garbage, harvested fish and equipment used to cook or store food must be stored in a bear resistant container (BRC) or secured—
Note: This does not apply to:
The intent of these designations is to prevent bears and other wildlife from obtaining and habituating to food and garbage, thus protecting wildlife and park visitors alike. We strongly recommend that dishes and cooking equipment be securely stored; but clean and odor free items are not required to be stored in secure containers. Ice chests and coolers, tents, dry bags or stuff sacks, plastic packing boxes (Totes, Action Packers, etc) and unmodified kayaks are not generally approved as BRC.
The park offers bear resistant food containers for temporary use to the public. The containers with a refundable deposit and can be picked up at park ranger stations/visitor centers in Copper Center, Slana, Chitina, and Kennecott.
Did You Know?
The Klutina River’s name is derived from the Ahtna native word, Khlu ti tna, meaning “glacial river”.