Discover Valdez, Alaska; a welcoming community with gorgeous, panoramic Alaska scenery.
Surrounded almost completely by the majestic Chugach Mountains, Valdez is located at the head of a beautiful glacial fjord that leads to Prince William Sound. 304 miles from Anchorage by road or a 45-minute flight by air, the scenic landscape on the seven-hour drive is laced with beautiful waterfalls fed by glaciers and heavy rainfall. Many animals like sheep, caribou, moose, bald eagles, and an occasional bear can be seen right from the highway. Valdez is also accessible by the Alaska Marine Highway ferry system out of Whittier or Seward, keep an eye out for orca or humpback whales!
The majority of fishing that takes place in Valdez is in the saltwater of Prince William Sound for halibut, salmon, lingcod, rockfish and salmon shark.
One of Valdez’ biggest attractions is the Port of Valdez, filled with beautiful boats in every size and daily charters available to take you to the best fishing Alaska has to offer. Each year Valdez hosts anglers from all over the world who try their skills at landing the biggest halibut, lingcod, rockfish, silver salmon, pink salmon, king salmon, and salmon shark out there. Although best known for saltwater, the freshwater streams, rivers, and lakes surrounding Valdez yield beautiful Dolly Varden char, Arctic grayling, and rainbow trout.
The weather can change in the blink of an eye. Clear skies are less common due to the mountainous region, but when the weather is clear and sunny, expect to be amazed by the breathtaking beauty of the many snowcapped mountains in the area. The average summer temperature is 53℉ and the average winter temperature is 23℉.
We’ve been visiting Valdez annually for a number of years and have a strong fondness for the people, the community, and the fishing.