Welcome to the Tongass National Forest
Herbert-Mendenhall Pass Juneau RD
Recreate on the Tongass National Forest where you'll find cabins, trails, fish, wildlife, glaciers and beaches.
The Tongass is the nation’s largest national forest and covers most of Southeast Alaska, surrounding the famous Inside Passage and offers unique chances to view eagles, bears, spawning salmon, and the breath-taking vistas of “wild” Alaska. Hike or take a sled-dog ride on a glacier, stroll along boardwalk trails, learn about fisheries management, fish in streams or the ocean, or relax at a remote cabin. If spying some truly wild wildlife is on your bucket list, visit the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center and Steep Creek Bear Viewing area in Juneau, Anan Wildlife Observatory in Wrangell, Fish Creek Bear Viewing Area in Hyder, or Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area on Admiralty Island, or immerse yourself in native culture at the stunning Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, located just steps from the cruise ship docks in downtown Ketchikan.
Starrigavan Well upgrade complete, Winter operations begin
Release Date: Nov 28, 2023 Sitka, Alaska
Engaging communities and sustaining economies. After consultation with Tribal Nations and Alaska Native corporations and engagement in a public process to explore investment ideas from Southeast Alaska communities, over 270 investment ideas collectively valued at $276 million were proposed. While not every idea or proposal can be included in the initial investment, the input, ideas, and conversations reflect the deep need for equitable economic stimulus in the region.
The proposed changes will impact campgrounds, day-use sites, wildlife viewing sites and cabins on the Tongass National Forest. The proposed changes include new and increased fees at recreation sites. These changes will help improve and maintain recreation facilities on the Tongass National Forest. The recreation fees charged at Forest Service managed sites contribute to the stewardship of these special places.
Forest Service works alongside Tribe, non-profit to restore a local stream
USDA Forest Service, the Ketchikan Indian Community (KIC) and the Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition (SAWC) came together in a popular campground to restore a stream in Ketchikan.
The Dispersed Deluge: Freshwater Flow From Glaciers and Coastal Rainforests
"We have to think about how streamflow looks today, what streamflow looks like year-round, and what streamflow might look like in the future." Katherine Prussian
Tongass National Forest Visitor Guide 2022
The Tongass has something for everyone. Explore, renew, and refresh among the islands and along the coastline and take home exciting memories of adventures in Alaska.
State of The Tongass FY21
We believe our approach to stewardship should be integrated and collaborative, with community involvement from development to implementation in order to meet the needs of our customers.