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Visitor Information -- The Cordova Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center (tel. 907/424-7260; www.cordovachamber.com) is at 404 1st St., north of Council Avenue (P.O. Box 99, Cordova, AK 99574). They're open Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm, with occasional Saturday hours.

The Cordova Ranger District of the Chugach National Forest, upstairs in the old white courthouse at 2nd Street and Browning (P.O. Box 280), Cordova, AK 99574 (tel. 907/424-7661; www.fs.fed.us/r10/chugach), has displays and provides maps and guide information that's indispensable for planning outdoor activities. The staff will sit down and help you figure out what you want to do.

Special Events -- The Cordova Ice Worm Festival, in late January/early February, is a winter carnival culminating in the appearance of the big ice worm -- or, to be precise, ice centipede -- in a parade. The Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival, the first weekend of May, revolves around the coming of dizzying swarms of millions of shorebirds that use the delta and beaches near the town as a migratory stopover. The whole community gets involved to host bird-watchers and put on a full schedule of educational and outdoor activities that lasts 3 days. The Old Time Downtown 4th of July Party includes a community salmon barbecue, games, music, dancing, parade, and pie social. Copper River Wild! Salmon Festival, in mid-July, has a marathon and a music festival. For details, contact the Cordova Chamber of Commerce (tel. 907/424-7260; www.cordovachamber.com).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.