Valdez, Cordova, Whittier
With 10,000 square miles of protected waterways, Prince William Sound offers some of the best fishing in Alaska from May to September. Fishing fans will relish this four-day route that covers incredible fishing spots in Valdez, Cordova and Whittier.
Day 1 – Valdez
With 10,000 square miles of protected waterways, Prince William Sound offers some of the best fishing in Alaska from May to September. Start your fishing adventure in Valdez, accessible by road or air from Anchorage (and by ferry from Whittier, which is a road-accessible town just south of Anchorage). Valdez offers a multitude of guided fishing charters for salmon, rockfish, lingcod and halibut. Cast a line from shore or try your luck in one of two fishing derbies held in town each year, when thousands of dollars in prize money are awarded to the best and biggest catches. Shark fishing is also popular in Valdez, some weighing in at more than 300 pounds!
Day 2 – Cordova
Board an Alaska Marine Highway System ferry to the hardworking fishing community of Cordova, home to the wildlife-rich Copper River Delta. Fly fish along one of several rivers nearby or head back out into Prince William Sound on a charter fishing boat. Cordova boasts an impressive number of shorebirds, and wildlife sightings here are plentiful as well. Stop by Child’s Glacier and the Million Dollar Bridge along the town’s main roadway, the 50-mile Copper River Highway. Child’s Glacier regularly booms with activity and paneled signs near the bridge detail Cordova’s fascinating history.
Day 3 – Whittier
Take the ferry across Prince William Sound to Whittier, a quaint fishing town accessible by road and rail in addition to the Alaska Marine Highway. A variety of large and small boats depart from the town’s harbor, home to a variety of commercial fishing operations. Sportfishing tours and day cruises are plentiful in Whittier. Stop by the local museum to learn about the town’s role in World War II and the fascinating history behind the 14-story-tall Begich Towers building, which most residents of Whittier call home today.
Day 4 – Whittier – Anchorage
To return to Anchorage, drive through the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel — the longest combined vehicle-railroad tunnel in North America. The controlled one-lane tunnel alternates between vehicle and train travel on a strict time schedule. Waiting vehicles idle in a staging area at both ends of the tunnel until scheduled departures are available. Summer tunnel hours from Whittier are 5:30 a.m. to 11:15 p.m. (toll charges apply) with departures every hour. Plan to be at the staging area at least 10 minutes prior to your desired departure time, or you may be forced to wait an hour until the next tunnel opening. Once through the tunnel, enjoy the scenic drive back to Anchorage. Stop in Girdwood about 40 minutes south of town for a tasty meal at one of several local restaurants.