NOTICE: Limited access, continued service at Tongass NF offices. 
Continuing our service to you while doing our part to address the COVID-19 pandemic is very important to us. Therefore, we are limiting our face-to-face meetings and limiting walk-in access to our offices. Signs have been posted at all Tongass National Forest offices with guidance for obtaining entrance to conduct business, which may include setting up an appointment in order to enhance social distancing and minimize the number of visitors in offices at one time. We will continue to serve you via email, phone calls, and appointments as needed. Please call 907-772-4636 to reach the Petersburg Visitor Center Offices. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of the COVID-19.


Petersburg Visitor Information Center


"Ask us, we know everything"

Ok, we may not be omniscient, but when it comes to answering your visitor- and recreation- related questions, we like to try! The Visitor Information Center (VIC) in Petersburg is a unique partnership between the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Forest Service, Petersburg Ranger District. The relatively small VIC holds a surprising wealth of information for travelers and locals interested in activities, community services, fun and educational things to see and do while visiting Petersburg, National Forest resources and recreation opportunities, and much more! We truly are a one-stop shop for all your visitor information needs.


The VIC is filled with brochures, maps, videos, posters, books, and a friendly staff, all in an effort to help you find the information you need to enjoy your visit to Petersburg. A small bookstore provided by the Alaska Geographic offers a variety of educational items for purchase. A special display area offers brochures from other Alaska and Yukon communities, as a service to those travelers "just passing through.” Locals also enjoy stopping by the VIC to assemble their own visitor packets with which to entice their friends and family to visit Alaska's Little Norway.


Another old Ranger Station was pulled back from the brink of oblivion as the community of Petersburg rallied to preserve part of its heritage and gained a first class visitor information center in the bargain. The 24-foot by 28-foot wooden structure, originally built in 1937 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, housed the offices of the Petersburg Ranger District for over 35 years. In a land exchange with the Forest Service in 1987, the building became the property of the City of Petersburg—and ultimately become home to the Petersburg VIC.

How to contact us

Contact us to request a free Viking Visitor Guide from the Chamber of Commerce:

Call the VIC at (907) 772-INFO (772-4636) or write to one of the following addresses:


For National Forest information:

Petersburg Ranger District
Attn: Visitor Information
P.O. Box 1328
Petersburg, AK 99833

For Chamber of Commerce information:

Petersburg VIC
c/o Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 649
Petersburg, AK 99833

Or make the VIC your first stop in Petersburg! We're located in the 2-story building at the corner of First and Fram Streets in downtown Petersburg.

Hours of Operation

May through early September

Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday Noon to 4 pm

Mid September through April

Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm