Welcome to the Chugach National Forest

Goose Bay cabin and the surrounding forest and water

The newly renovated Goose Bay Cabin.                                  photo by Alan Brown

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


Goose Bay Cabin reopens - Enter Contest to win 2-night stay

several photos of Goose Bay cabin and surroundings

The Chugach National Forest is pleased to announce the reopening of the Goose Bay Cabin in Prince William Sound and is sponsoring a contest for a free, two night stay in the cabin next summer.

Chugach National Forest - Annual Report 2020

Annual Report 2020

In a year when COVID-19 has made so many people feel disconnected, this year’s Chugach National Forest 2020 Annual Report is all about connections.

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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

bear country

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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