June is Get Outdoors Month: A great time to explore Alaska’s National Forests

Release Date: Jun 11, 2021

Contact(s): Erica Keene

JUNEAU, Alaska – June 10, 2021 –Ready to experience an Alaska National Forest adventure? Well, June is a great time to do it – as we celebrate Get Outdoors Month. From world-class hiking trails to cabins and campgrounds, the Chugach and Tongass National Forests have something for everyone.   

Use these key tips for a successful adventure:

  • Reserve a cabin or camping spot early. Plan to reserve at least six months ahead of time to guarantee a larger variety of options. Reservations can be made at www.recreation.gov.
  • Plan alternative dates. Weeknights and non-holiday weekends may have fewer visitors with more open camping spots and less people on the trails.
  • Be flexible on location of your next adventure. There are many spots on both the Chugach and Tongass National Forests that have exciting outdoor opportunities to offer.
  • Remember to have fun. Leave nothing but memories and recreate responsibly. 

A few top places to explore on the Tongass National Forest are:

  • Anan Wildlife Observatory: Where you can see salmon, seals, otters, bears and birds galore.
  • Mendenhall Glacier: A 13-mile-long river of ice.
  • Situk River: A fisherman’s destination. Home to the largest steelhead trout run in Alaska, and plenty of salmon too.
  • Misty Fjords National Monument: The largest designated Wilderness area on the Tongass.

A few top places to explore on the Chugach National Forest are:

  • Begich, Boggs Visitor Center: Built on the terminal moraine of Portage Glacier.
  • Crooked Creek Information Site: Nestled in Valdez and poised between the marine world of Prince William Sound and the forests of the mainland.
  • Trail of Blue Ice: A scenic and easy trail for hiking and biking.
  • Russian River Campground: A popular spot for camping and fishing.

Learn about sites and areas on the Tongass National Forest at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/tongass/recreation. To see recreation sites on the Chugach National Forest, visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/chugach/recreation. Read about the wellness benefits of the great outdoors here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/features/wellness-benefits-great-outdoors?utm_source=feature&utm_medium=rec-sharepoint&utm_campaign=recreation.

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Key Contacts

Regional Public Affairs

Jackie Chandler
Director, Public Affairs
(907) 586-8803

Erica Keene
Media Relations Specialist
(907) 586-8892

Forest Public Affairs

Chugach National Forest

Alan Brown
Public Affairs Officer
(907) 743-9444
Chugach National Forest webpage

Tongass National Forest

Paul Robbins
Public Affairs & Partnerships
(907) 228-6201
Tongass National Forest webpage