Chitina Native Corporation is a wholly owned native corporation in the Ahtna Region with 260 shareholders who live statewide and in the lower 48 states.
Chitina Village is located at Mile 34 of the Edgerton Hwy. Fifty Three Miles Southeast of Copper Center and 66 miles Southeast of Glennallen. The town of McCarthy is approximately 63 miles past Chitina. It is located in the heart of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Reserve and the Wrangell, Black Burn, Mount Drum and Sanford mountains can be seen beautifully from the corporation's Wrangell View RV Park.
Chitina Native Corporation owns a campsite at O'Brien Creek where fishing is abundant. Tourists are encouraged to visit the O'Brien Creek Recreation Area where for a small fee you can dipnet, hike and camp in one of the most beautiful spots in the world.
Chitina (pronounced CHI-nah) is famously known from the exploration of the Copper River Northwestern Railway and Copper Mine development in Kennicott, which put Chitina on the map. After mine activities closed in 1938, Chitina became a virtual ghost town with only the original residents and a few homesteaders remaining. Today Chitina provides access to some of the best and the most extreme dipnetting fishery in Alaska. Permit purchase is required to access dipnetting and recreational sites which require crossing Chitina Native Corporation lands.
Things to Do
Backpacking and hiking, biking, bird watching, camping, dipnetting and hunting, mountaineering, wildlife viewing, nature walks, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing. Stay in the Wrangell View RV Park or camp in nearby campgrounds. Access permits is required for most activities.
Weather and Climate
The climate in Chitina is characterized by long, cold winters and relatively warm summers. Temperatures range from -20° in the winter to mid 70°s during summer. Annual precipitation averages 12 inches, with an average annual snowfall of 52 inches.
Gateway to the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park™
The Board of Directors for Chitina Native Corporation is always happy to get feedback and suggestions from CNC shareholders. We have added a new page to our website whereby CNC shareholders can send these feedback and suggestions via our website. Please be sure to visit the new page under the Shareholder tab.