The Tongass National Forest is located in the panhandle of Alaska.
Where is this Forest?


Sheila Spores 05-2016 Onslow Island - red and purple in a green pasture with spruce trees and blue sky in the distance
Wildflowers on Onslow Point. Photo courtesy of Sheila Spores, Forest Silviculturist

Welcome! The Tongass National Forest, the nation's largest national forest, covers most of Southeast Alaska, surrounding the famous Inside Passage. It offers unique chances to view eagles, bears, spawning salmon, and the breath-taking vistas of "wild" Alaska. You can take a sled-dog ride on a glacier, hike boardwalk trails, fish in streams or the ocean, or just relax at a remote cabin. The Tongass offers a vast array of fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, cabins, and bear viewing options. A few of our most popular sites are the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center in Juneau, Anan Wildlife Observatory in Wrangell, Fish Creek Bear Viewing Area in Hyder, and Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area on Admiralty Island.

The Tongass Beaver Cam is back! The den is located on Steep Creek at the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau. You'll find best viewing times are 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Recent News


Tongass National Forest - Proposed Plan Amendment

2008 TLMP Amendment

The Tongass National Forest (Tongass) is amending the 2008 Tongass Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan). The USDA formally established a Federal Advisory Committee (Tongass Advisory Committee) to advise the Secretary and Chief on transitioning the Tongass National Forest to young growth forest management. 

Just for Kids

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Imagine a coastal rainforest, wet, mossy, teeming with life, and –intact.  Pull on your rubber boots, we are going on a hike-to get to know the Tongass!

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