River Wrangellers - Copper Center, AK

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About River Wrangellers

River Wrangellers is an Alaska Copper River rafting and sportfishing guide service company in Copper Center, Alaska. We are affiliated with the oldest river guiding company in Alaska, NOVA River Runners, who directs our operations as an extension of theirs in the Copper River Valley. All the guides are given the same training by the same people who made NOVA's operations ground breaking industry standards. Our services range from scenic and whitewater day trips on rivers in the Copper Center area to world class salmon and trout fishing trips.

Our home in Copper Center, Alaska is on the boundary of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the largest National Park in the Country! This entire region is noted for its unique geology, rich history, abundant wildlife (including some of the best king and red salmon fishing in Alaska, and spectacular natural beauty. These are all part of the experience you will enjoy on all trips offered by River Wrangellers.


Casey Johnson

Casey Johnson grew up fishing and hunting in the Black Hills of South Dakota. There is no place he would rather spend his time than in the outdoors. Besides spending his summers guiding in Alaska, Casey spends the rest of his year in Wyoming chasing elk, deer, and many other game species. His loving wife and son are always along for the adventure.


Melissa Johnson

This will be summer number 3 for me running the office side of River Wrangellers. I was born in Anchorage Alaska but left when I was 2 years old and didn’t return until I was 23. I worked a few summers in Copper Center and fell in love with Alaska and an amazing fishing guide.  Danny and I will be married this summer. Alaska and Copper Center more specifically changed my life and I can honestly say it is my happy place. When I am not working I love growing fresh vegetables, rafting, fishing and cooking dutch oven dinner for all our guides and friends!


Danny Schmitz

Was born and raised in the North Platte River valley of south east Wyoming.  Danny spent his childhood in the woods and on the rivers of the west. For the past 7 years he has called the Copper River basin home for the summer months.  During this time he has explored many of the drainages that compose the vast Copper River along with the other members of the RIver Wrangellers team. Danny specializes in big game fishing, whitewater rafting, and wilderness river exploration. As one of the managers of River Wrangellers he strives to provide a quality experiences you will not soon forget.