Recreation

5.4 million Acres of wilderness and water!

The Eastern Kenai Peninsula
and the Seward Ranger District

The Russian River draws tens of thousands of salmon anglers, but if your tastes run quieter, check out backcountry streams and lakes for grayling and trout.

The Copper River Delta
and the Cordova Ranger District

On the Copper River Highway, enjoy the drive through wetlands and rainforest and across the mighty Copper River. Near the road's end, the towering blue wall of Childs Glacier looms.

Prince William Sound
and the Glacier Ranger District

Visitors in kayaks, cruise ships, small boats, ferries, and float planes explore Prince William Sound's 3,500 miles of coastline and three million acres of ocean and land...

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Begich, Boggs Visitor Center Open to Visitor Open for the 2014 season. We will open on May 24 and remain open through September 14, 2014.
Bertha Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Black Bear Campground Open to Visitor
Childs Glacier & other sites in Cordova Area Open to Visitor Not accessible by vehicle
Cooper Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Crater Lake Trail Open to Visitor Trail is clear of obstacles all the way to the lake, and is in great shape. A small patch of snow persists in one of the avalanche chutes in the upper bowl section just before you pop out into the alpine.
Crescent Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Crow Pass Cabin Open to Visitor Please be advised that EXTREME avalanche conditions exist along this trail once the snow begins to fall. Travel is not recommended throughout the winter months.
Eyak River Trail Open to Visitor Trail is clear of obstacles and mostly clear of snow (a few small patches linger in the farther muskegs). Some of the boardwalk near the end of the trail was affected by the flooding of the trail last fall, but is walkable and safe.
Goose Bay Cabin Closed to Visitor Closed due to structural damage sustained in Winter 2011-2012.
Granite Creek Campground Open to Visitor Not open Memorial Day weekend 2013 due to snow conditions
Haystack Trail Open to Visitor Trail is clear of snow and obstacles to the end. The new benches at the overlook are completed and are a beautiful addition to the trail.
Heney Ridge Trail Closed to Visitor Trail is clear of snow and obstacles to the top of the big muskeg, just before where you start climbing (~1.5 miles). There are a few small washouts between the big tree and the big muskeg from last fall’s storms which we are aware of, but are easily passable.
INHT: Crow Pass Trail    lease be advised that EXTREME avalanche conditions exist along this trail once the snow begins to fall. Travel is not recommended throughout the winter months.
Martin Lake Cabin Closed to Visitor Closed due to structural damage sustained during winter 2012 due to heavy snow load.
McKinley Lake Open to Visitor Trail is clear of snow and obstacles to the lake cabin. Micah and Kevin were out there on Wednesday cutting firewood rounds, so there is ample wood supply. The large dead tree that spanned the trail about 20’ off the ground (~1 mile in) had begun to rot and the middle was sagging. It was deemed a hazard and removed this week. There is a busted handrail on a bridge that we are aware of, but does not pose any problems to hikers.
Pipeline Lakes Trail Open to Visitor Trail is clear of snow and obstacles to the junction with McKinley Lake Trail and is in good condition.
Porcupine Campground Open to Visitor Open May 24, 2013
Portage Pass Trail Open to Visitor
Power Creek Trail Open to Visitor The crew has worked at widening the first half-mile of the trail. The rockslides and downed trees that were an impediment to travel have been cleared. The trail has been brushed out to the Alice Smith cutoff trail. Small patches of snow persist on the north side of the small ridge just after the switchbacks (as you drop down to the dam road). We intend to brush the rest of the trail, to the cabin. The crew will resume reconstruction of the trail in two weeks (mid-July). If you see them around give them a big high-five, as everyone has been doing outstanding work.
Primrose Campground Open to Visitor Open May 24, 2013
Ptarmigan Campground Open to Visitor Open May 24, 2013
Ptarmigan Creek Trail Open to Visitor As a part of the Iditarod Trail extension that will travel over Fall's Creek, this will eventually be part of the offical route from Seward to Nome. The Forest Service segment will end at the Forest Boundary on Glacier Ranger District.
Quartz Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Open May 24, 2013
Russian River Open to Visitor
Russian River Campground Open to Visitor Closed for the Winter.
Saddlebag Glacier Trail Open to Visitor Trail is clear of snow and obstacles to the lake. At the lake shore there remains a bit of snow and the lake is still partially frozen. There are three footbridges that are busted in the cottonwood flats, about 1.5-2 miles in. One of the crossings requires removal of boots. We are discussing temporary fix options.
Sheridan Mountain Trail Open to Visitor The trailhead and outhouse have been permanently relocated 100 feet to the east. George built some beautiful log and stone steps to welcome you to the trail. The trail is clear of snow and obstacles to the upper bowl section. In the upper bowl, several feet of snow and tons of avalanche debris persists.
Spencer Whistle Stop Open to Visitor Accessed via the Glacier Discovery Train courtesy of the Alaska Railroad. Click the Spencer Whistle Stop link below for more info.
Tenderfoot Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Not open Memorial Day weekend 2013 due to snow conditions
Trail River Campground Open to Visitor Open May 24, 2013
Williwaw Campground Open to Visitor Open May 24, 2013

Spotlights

Five Fingers Campsites

This includes 3 hike-in only campsites with limited amendities.

Coghill Lake Cabin

Coghill Cabins #2

A 16-foot A-frame cabin with loft.

Sleeps 6, table. Stove takes oil or kerosene: five gallons will last about 2 days (48 hrs). Fuel is not provided. Outhouse near cabin.

A small rowboat with oars is on site for exploring the lake.

No running water, electricity, mattress or bedding, cooking utensils.

Shrode Lake Cabin

A 16-foot A-frame cabin with loft that sleeps 8, table, oil heater, boat with oars, boat house, outhouse.  Not included:  running water, electricity, mattress or bedding, life vests, cooking utensils, or stove oil. 

Spencer Whistle Stop

The train and conductor at the Spencer Whistle Stop

Hop off the Train at the Spencer Whistle Stop!

Take a tour with a Forest Service interpreter around the foot of Spencer Lake and then float among the icebergs that have calved off of the great glacier while the guide steers an Alaskan Native canoe. Or take a leisurely journey by raft down the Placer River toward Turnagain Arm.