Recreation


Discover an Area by Activity

Select an activity to find an area to visit.

The Chugach National Forest covers a vast area, over 5 million acres of adventure and rugged beauty. Search for activities by using the link on top or for specific areas by using the "Find an Area" link to the right.

  • Eastern Kenai Peninsula

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    The Russian River draws tens of thousands of salmon anglers, but if your tastes run quieter, check out backcountry streams and lakes for grayling and trout. Search this area.

  • Copper River Delta

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    Drive the Copper River Highway through wetlands and rainforest to the mighty Copper River. The area is famous for its shorebird migration. Search this area.

  • Prince William Sound

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    Visitors in kayaks, cruise ships, small boats, ferries, and float planes explore Prince William Sound's 3,500 miles of coastline. Search this area.

Remember to recreate responsibly

Law enforcement and/or search and rescue operations may be limited due to COVID-19 issues. High-risk activities or backcountry activities that increase your chance of injury or distress should be avoided.

We encourage you to follow public health guidelines regarding social distancing while you recreate in National Forests.

Recreation Conditions Report

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Begich, Boggs Visitor Center Closed The Begich, Boggs Visitor Center opens on Friday June 11, 2021. The Visitor Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day weekend. Monday through Thursday staff will be outside the building to provide information on local flora and fauna and answer questions.
Bertha Creek Campground Closed
Black Bear Campground Closed
Coeur d'Alene Campground Closed Coeur D'Alene Campground is closed. This campground has limited services even in the summer season - there is no water at the campground.
Cooper Creek Campground Open Spruce beetle mitigation efforts may continue into the summer 2022. The campground will be closed to any public use during mitigation work. Closures will be posted.
Crescent Creek Campground Closed Notice: Spruce beetle mitigation efforts will begin in fall 2021 and may continue into the summer 2022. The campground will be closed to any public use during mitigation work. Closures will be posted.
Crooked Creek Information Site Closed Crooked Creek Information Site in Valdez will open on Saturday, the 29th of May. The site will be open five days a week; Thursday - Monday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Crow Pass Cabin Closed Due to avalanche conditions this cabin is closed November - May
Crow Pass Trail - INHT Open
Five Fingers Campsites Open
Granite Creek Campground Closed Granite Creek Campground closed. A snow berm has been placed in front of the entrance. There are no services available and no fees are being charged.
Johnson Pass North Trailhead Open
Palmer Creek Road Closed
Placer River Snowmobiling Trailhead Open
Porcupine Campground Open
Primrose Campground Open
Ptarmigan Campground Open
Quartz Creek Campground Closed Reservations for the campground at www.recreation.gov will be available Friday, April 22, 2022.
Russian River Campground Closed Russian River Campground entrance station and adjacent treatment areas are closed for tree felling operations until May 1, 2022 for the safety of work crews and the public. Notice: Beginning Aug. 15, 2022, the Russian River Campground Road will undergo construction to redo a one-mile stretch of the road surface and reinforce portions of the hillside along the bank of the Kenai River. The road and campground will be closed to the public during the construction. During the closure, all vehicle and pedestrian access will be restricted and campground reservations on Recreation.gov will be unavailable.
Tenderfoot Creek Campground Closed Notice: Spruce beetle mitigation efforts will begin in fall 2021 and may continue into the summer 2022. The campground will be closed to any public use during mitigation work. Closures will be posted.
Trail River Campground Open
Trail of Blue Ice - INHT Open Very little elevation gain with the exception of a 700' section at the lake end.
Williwaw Campground Closed

Recreation Areas