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


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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, and bear viewing options. Our most popular is the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. On the web site you will find hours of oporation, trails information, bear viewing information, and a downloadable PDF version of the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center Map & Information brochure.

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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. 

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Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area Map & Information

Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area Map

The MGVC 2015 Trail Map and Information brochure is now available for download.