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Cordova is located in southeast Alaska at the head of the Orca Inlet on the east side of Prince William Sound. The population is approximately 2,500. It's one of the major cities in the Valdez-Cordova Census Area. The town of Cordova is known for its many festivals and celebrations throughout the year. The annual Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival takes place in early May. Avid birdwatchers come from all over to the festival, but it's also a fun time for beginner birdwatchers. Millions of migrating shorebirds stop in the Cordova area to rest and feed before finishing their journey north. The festival offers activities, workshops, and bird watching tours are held throughout the week. In February each year, the Cordova Iceworm Festival is held in an attempt to help with the "winter blues." Activities at this festival includes a parade, a talent show, oyster shucking contest, ping pong tournament, and a survival suit race. Other attractions in Cordova are the Historical Museum, Cordova Community Center and the Ilanka Cultural Center Museum. The Ilanka museum features artifacts, including a 24-1/2-foot orca whale, Eyak, which is one of only five fully rearticulated orca whale skeletons in the world. Popular sports in the Cordova area include skiing, snowboarding, and ice climbing in winter and kayaking, fishing, camping and hiking in summer. You can also take sightseeing tours of Prince William Sound by boat or helicopter.

Cordova Vacation Rentals

Cordova Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Orca Adventure Lodge2500 Orca RdCordova, AK (907) 424-7249
Prince William Motel501 2ND StCordova, AK (907) 424-3201
Reluctant Fisherman InnCordova, AK (907) 424-3272

Cordova Weather & Climate

Southeastern Alaska, on the mainland (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 35°F 25°F 10.33 in. -
February 36°F 25°F 9.77 in. -
March 38°F 27°F 8.63 in. -
April 44°F 32°F 7.99 in. -
May 51°F 38°F 8.01 in. -
June 56°F 45°F 6.56 in. -
July 61°F 50°F 7.12 in. -
August 60°F 49°F 11.71 in. -
September 55°F 44°F 19.01 in. -
October 46°F 36°F 16.52 in. -
November 39°F 30°F 10.15 in. -
December 36°F 27°F 14.45 in. -

Cordova Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Merle K Mudhole Smith airport (CDV) located about 8 miles southeast of Cordova and the Valdez Pioneer Field (VDZ) located approximately 45 miles northwest of Cordova in Valdez, Alaska.

Cordova Attractions

Valdez Museum and Historical ArchiveValdezAK46.4 mi.(History)

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