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Chitina is a small community located in southeast Alaska in the Valdez-Cordova Census Area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 126 residents. Chitina, which sits along the west bank of the beautiful Copper River, is known for its' dip netting salmon fishing and spectacular scenery. Chitina is also considered the gateway to the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. When copper ore was discovered in the Chitina River Valley around the year 1900, a rush of prospectors and homesteaders came to the area. Chitina became a thriving town with a general store, stables, tinsmith, five hotels, a pool hall, movie theater, several bars, restaurants and dance halls. The mines closed in 1938 and Chitina became a virtual ghost town. Today, the town swells with visitors in the summertime who come from Fairbanks and Anchorage and all over the state to engage in dip netting for salmon on the Copper River. Other popular activities in the area include berry picking, herb gathering, dog sledding, snowmobiling (snowmachining,) skiing, ice fishing, and skijoring, a winter sport where a person on skis is pulled by a horse, dogs or a motor vehicle. Other attractions in town include the Chitina Tin Shop, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The structure has won two historic preservation grants and currently houses the Spirit Mountain Artworks.

Surrounding areas: Kenny Lake, Alaska (22.0 mi)

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Chitina Weather & Climate

Southeastern Alaska, on the mainland (but not the panhandle) has a climate greatly influenced by the Northern Pacific Ocean. The classification of the climate is subarctic due to the short, cool summers. Temperatures are mild compared to other parts of the state. The lack of extreme cold or hot temperatures speaks of the maritime influence. While it does not get nearly as much rain as the southeast panhandle of Alaska, it does get more snow, although there tend to be more clear days here. There are frequent, strong southeast winds known as the Knik wind, especially in the winter months.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 3°F -12°F 0.86 in. -
February 14°F -8°F 0.84 in. -
March 28°F 0°F 0.45 in. -
April 43°F 17°F 0.28 in. -
May 55°F 29°F 0.47 in. -
June 65°F 38°F 1.24 in. -
July 69°F 42°F 1.75 in. -
August 65°F 38°F 1.44 in. -
September 53°F 29°F 1.40 in. -
October 35°F 17°F 1.30 in. -
November 14°F -1°F 1.17 in. -
December 6°F -9°F 1.27 in. -

Chitina Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Gulkana airport (GKN) located about 55 miles northwest of Chitina in Gulkana, Alaska and the Valdez Pioneer Field (VDZ) located approximately 65 miles west of Chitina in Valdez, Alaska.

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