Thousands of visitors explore Alaska each year searching for scenic wonders. While no one is ever disappointed, the ones searching for the unique experience find more when they discover Alaska's hidden treasure...Cordova!
Cordova is a small, coastal town surrounded by glacier-carved mountains, nestled at the head of Orca Inlet in Eastern Prince William Sound. The area dazzles you with wildlife-rich wetlands, lush forests, and countless waterways. This blending of natural grandeur with exciting activities such as hiking, wildlife photography, boating, sportfishing, flightseeing, and more, makes Cordova an ultimate Alaskan destination.
Cordova has a rich and varied history.
The descendants of the first inhabitants of the Cordova area, the Eyak and Chugach, keep their legacy alive through traditional arts and crafts. The ingenuity of the Copper ore era of the early 1900's , which brought in the railroad, can still be felt as you drive along the Copper River Highway as it is built along the original rail bed. Dating back to the 1800's, commercial fishing has been the mainstay of the Cordova economy. Today, visitors can watch as modern day fishers gear up for their seasonal salmon fishery. Cordova is truly a natural treasure with a rich collection of all the best Alaska has to offer. Come visit us. You will go away with many lifelong memories.
A cannery town 3 miles north of Cordova originally built in the 1880's, Orca has recently been rebuilt into Alaska's finest adventure destination. While retaining its historical flavor, Orca has full amenities to offer the most discerning guest. Each of the forty rooms have private baths and great ocean views overlooking Orca Inlet. Access to wireless internet service and coin operated laundry facilities help to make your stay as comfortable as possible here at the Lodge, and our dedicated staff will do whatever we can to further enhance your experience with us. Our chef and crew cook up delectable delights in the cannery cookhouse next door, while great guides offer unique and safe excursions into the wilds of Alaska.
Look up in the trees behind the facility to watch nesting bald eagles, wander the beach to see resident sea otters play, or simply sit on the porch and enjoy the beautiful view.
The best part about Orca is that you can choose a package or just come and stay at our lodge. Either way, you'll be glad you made your stay in Cordova at Orca Adventure Lodge.
Part of the charm of this small community is its remoteness. However, there is daily jet service from Anchorage, Juneau, and Seattle making it easy to visit. There is also ferry service into Cordova that's operated by Alaska Marine Highway. This allows you to bring your own vehicle if you like, and departs out of Valdez, Whittier, and Seward. For more information on How to Get to Cordova, visit our regional site at www.cordovaalaska.com or the Chamber of Commerce at www.cordovachamber.com .
ALASKA AIRLINES: 1-800-225-2752 -- Alaska Airlines makes two daily stops in Cordova; one coming in from Anchorage and one from Seattle/Juneau. The flight from Seattle is approximately three hours and the flight from Anchorage is 45 minutes. You can also reach them on their website.
ALASKA MARINE FERRY: 1-800-642-0066 -- If it's always been your dream to drive to Alaska, you can get to Cordova on the ferry via two different Alaskan ports. The Alaska Marine Ferry stops in Cordova from Valdez and Whittier with regularly scheduled service. You can also travel on the ferry as a walk on. You can contact them on their website for schedules, rates, and reservations.
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The gorgeous paintings seen here are just a few works by our friend and local artist Jen-Ann Kirchmeier. Jen-Ann is a lifelong artist who has spent the last 26 years painting and living in the Alaskan bush, while living part of the year in Cordova. Though her art can be found throughout Alaska and the country in various galleries, Orca is proud to display some of her largest and most complex pieces for all to see. All of the art is for sale and can be shipped anywhere in the world if one (or more) catches your eye.
Check out the rest of Jen-Ann's art or contact her at the link above if you have any questions!