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Glennallen is a small community in southeast Alaska in thee Valdez-Cordova area. As of 2010, the population was 483 residents. During World War II, the United States built a series of military bases in Alaska. As part of this operation, highways were built to supply the bases. One of these was the Glenn Highway. A camp was set up during the construction in the Copper River Valley named Glennallen after two U.S. Army explorers of the late 19th century. The highway was completed in 1945 and the site of the camp developed into a small town. Glennallen became a commercial center for traffic along the Glenn and Richardson highways. The community is one of the few in the region not built on the site of a Native village. Today, Glennallen is a business hub for the Copper River Region. It's about 189 miles east of Anchorage and is just outside the western boundary of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. There are four schools in the community, gas stations, a medical facility, and shops for other services and supplies. Glennallen is also home to the offices of the Federal Bureau of Land Management, the State Department of Transportation, Alaska State Troopers and the State Department of Fish and Game. A visitors information center, several RV parks and the Wrangell St. Elias Visitor Center and National Park headquarters is located in Glennallen, as well.

Surrounding areas: Gakona, Alaska (15.6 mi), Kenny Lake, Alaska (33.4 mi), Lake Louise, Alaska (34.2 mi)

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Glennallen Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Summit Lake LodgeMile 195 Richardson HwyGlennallen, AK (907) 822-3969

Glennallen Weather & Climate

Southeastern Alaska, on the mainland (but not the panhandle region) 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 4°F -17°F 0.56 in. -
February 14°F -11°F 0.53 in. -
March 29°F -1°F 0.37 in. -
April 44°F 16°F 0.22 in. -
May 57°F 28°F 0.49 in. -
June 67°F 37°F 1.42 in. -
July 70°F 42°F 1.64 in. -
August 66°F 38°F 1.77 in. -
September 54°F 29°F 1.15 in. -
October 35°F 14°F 1.06 in. -
November 14°F -6°F 0.76 in. -
December 7°F -13°F 1.20 in. -

Glennallen Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Gulkana airport (GKN) located about 4 miles northeast of Glennallen in Gulkana, Alaska and the Valdez Pioneer Field (VDZ) located approximately 71 miles southwest of Glennallen in Valdez, Alaska.

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