Welcome to the Chugach National Forest

Icicles on the shore of Kenai Lake

Icicles on Kenai Lake.                                          photo by Irene Lindquist

Welcome to the Chugach National Forest A breathtaking landscape in the heart of southcentral Alaska. The Chugach is the backyard for more than half of Alaska’s residents and is a coveted destination for hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

The most northerly and westerly forest in the National Forest System, the 5.4 million-acre Chugach National Forest is composed of three distinct landscapes and compares in size to the state of New Hampshire. The Forest is home to many of Alaska’s Native peoples, including Ahtna, Chugach, Dena’ina, and Eyak.

Chugach National Forest hosts more than half a million visitors each year. Visitors explore the 3,500 miles of shoreline in Prince William Sound, the glacierstudded Nellie Juan-College Fiord Wilderness Study Area, the Kenai Peninsula’s 175-miles of the Iditarod National Historic Trail-Southern Trek, or the Copper River Delta, the largest contiguous wetlands complex on America’s Pacific coast and a spring migration stopover for millions of shorebirds.

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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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