Chetaslina River

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Quick Facts

  • Location: 61 ° 42' 30" N, 144 ° 43' 52" W
  • Region: Valdez-Cordova (CA)
  • Uses:
  • Length: 24 mi (38.62 km)
  • Elevation: 689 ft (210.01 m)
  • Tributary to: Copper River


Heads in Chetaslina Glacier, flows SW 24 mi. to Copper River, 4.3 mi. NW of Lower Tonsina and 64 mi. NE of Valdez; Copper River Basin.

Name is of Ahtena Indian origin, reportedly meaning "marmot river" (che-les'shi-tna). The name was discovered in 1898 by Capt W.R. Abercrombie, USA, who spelled it "Chestalena." Lieutenant H.T. Allen, USA, referred to the feature in 1885 as "Liebigstag" for a local Indian chief (Orth, 1967). The latter name still had limited use as late as 1902.



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