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The Chugach National Forest has a new, digital map highlighting winter recreation opportunities on Forest Service land across the Kenai Peninsula. The free map includes trails, recreation facilities and winter motorized access, along with basic winter and avalanche safety information. 

The map is available through Avenza Maps, an offline mobile maps application (app) for iOS and Android smartphones. Simply scan the QR code with a mobile device to access the Kenai Peninsula Winter Recreation Map in Avenza. Visitors will be prompted to install the free app prior to downloading the map. The map is also offered as tiled, 8.5” by 11” PDFs for home printing. 

Winter recreationists should plan their adventures considering the current conditions, weather forecast, terrain and geography, and equipment needs. Users traveling in potential avalanche terrain must be avalanche aware and are highly encouraged to attend avalanche training. Visit the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center for resources and avalanche advisories.

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Recent News


Chugach National Forest Accepting Applications for Outfitting & Guiding Service

A snow covered Portage Lake

The Chugach National Forest, Glacier Ranger District, is accepting applications for year-round commercial outfitting and guiding services for non-motorized activities on Portage Lake.

Request for Comment on Recreation Special Use Permit Action

A musher and dog sled on a flat expanse of snow

The Chugach National Forest is soliciting public input on a special use permit action starting winter 2021/2022. IdidaRide Sled Dog Tours, LLC- has submitted an application to conduct guided day-use dog mushing tours in the flat area parallel to the highway, on the non-motorized side of Turnagain Pass, south of Center Ridge parking lot, on the Glacier Ranger District. Comments must be submitted to eric.ganshert@usda.gov by 11/19/2021. 

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The Chugach Whistle Stop Project

Chugach Explorer engine at Whistle Stop

Climb on board a railroad adventure found nowhere else in the United States...

Be Bear Aware

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Safety in bear country when camping or hiking begins before you set up camp or hit the trail.


Forest Interns, Volunteers, and Work Crews

Engaging youth in conservation stewardship; promoting healthy lifestyles; and serving communities contribute to a vibrant America. Find out more about the many faces of our volunteers!

Fire Safety: Know Before You Go!

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Enjoy the beauty of Alaska but do your part to help prevent wildfires.  Always practice campfire safety and keep wildfire prevention in mind, regardless of weather conditions.

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