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.
There are still fish running in the dead of winter. Steelhead -- anadromous rainbow trout, some of which migrate to their natal streams in the late fall and winter, are one of the most highly sought gamefish in the Pacific Northwest. They could be swimming in a Tongass stream near you. Please remember, steelhead can only be kept if it exceeds 36 inches. In practice almost all steelhead sport fishing in the Tongass is catch and release.
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