Cordova Port located near the mouth of the Copper River in the Valdez Cordova Census Area of Alaska is a small harbor that accommodates 727 boats. Hence, the Cordova port of call is the largest single-basin harbor in the region. Cordova Town records a population of 2,454 inhabitants and found in the Chugach National Forest of Alaska.
The earliest settlers in the town of Cordova are the Aleut Eskimos; the town, however, was named by Spanish explorers who were on a mission to balance Russian and British expansion into the northwest. The area was named “Puerto Cordova” in 1790. Prospectors looking for gold settled in the area in 1884. The Cordova cruise port found in an oil rich laden area makes it one of the busiest ports in the state of Alaska. The town’s main economic focus are cruise tourist ships, fishing and canning. The large fishing fleet of the town provides a big boost to the local economy.
The Cordova cruise terminal located on one of the three main docks of the port are the busiest during the peak season of summer. The main docks of the port are the Municipal Dock, the City Dock and the T-dock. Facilities include two launch ramps, vessel and gear storage, sewage holding tank pump-out and used oil reception.
Shopping in the Cordova port of call area is limited and few. Local vendors that sell hand-made souvenir items are immediately found in the streets lining up to the port; they sell their wares and crafts at prices that are lower when compared to other main stores. One factory outlet that sells boat repair tools and equipment is the Eyak Outlet found on White Shed Road.
Popular souvenir items are wooden furniture and carvings. These items made by the local native settlers serve to preserve and display their ancient culture; their unique crafts and decors are sold at makeshift kiosks and old houses. The town market is also a good place to do some shopping for local produce and souvenirs.
Things to See
The town may be small but attractions and festivals drawt hundreds of tourist to the area every year. During the summer season when cruise ships flock the area, the King Salmon Derby in June and the Silver Salmon Derby in August attract crowds to tour the village and its participate in its celebrations of the local fishing industry.
The town is rich with natural settings and wonders; it makes the locals proud to say they preserve the culture and heritage of the Native American Eskimos who first settled here in ancient times. The Museum of Cordova located on First Street shows native artifacts and information about the early history and early explorations of the region.
Other major areas of attraction to see are the Copper River Highway, the local Library and the USFS Building built on 1925.
Restaurants and Bars
Seafood is the main feature of the menus served in most restaurants and diners in the village. Locally grown produce and vegetables enhance the uniqueness of the dish. The Powder House Bar and Restaurant is one of the few places that offer fish soup and sandwiches for lunch. Steak and seafood dishes are served on a deck where you can view Lake Eyak. Other restaurants that offer seafood dishes are the Killer Whale Café and The Reluctant Fisherman Bar and Restaurant.