Seen Around Town: Fish wheel project

07/29/2011
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Princess fish wheel
Tracy Smith, Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge general manager, along with Gregory Sports and Bob Chase of the lodge

Last month, members of the Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge celebrated the completion of a fish wheel and diagram sign at the Wrangell St. Elias National Park’s Visitor Center. The two-year project was a collaboration between Princess and Ahtna Incorporated, an Alaska Native Corporation located in the area.

Copper River fish wheel
Gregory Sports and Bob Chase of the Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge

Copper River Princess staff donated the diagram and worked on research and development of it with Ahtna. The diagram describes how fish wheels are used as part of the subsistence lifestyle practiced in Alaska.