Recreation

5.4 million acres of stunning scenery!

Forest Trail Updates

The Eastern Kenai Peninsula
and the Seward Ranger District

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.

The Copper River Delta
and the Cordova Ranger District

On the Copper River Highway, enjoy the drive through wetlands and rainforest and across the mighty Copper River. Near the road's end, the towering blue wall of Childs Glacier looms.

Prince William Sound
and the Glacier Ranger District

Visitors in kayaks, cruise ships, small boats, ferries, and float planes explore Prince William Sound's 3,500 miles of coastline and three million acres of ocean and land...

The Chugach National Forest asks the public to please 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.

The Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center (CNFAIC) is suspending backcountry avalanche forecasts and field operations beginning Monday, March 30, 2020 until further notice. CNFAIC staff will continue to monitor and record weather data and avalanche information, available at http://www.chugachavalanche.org.

Avoid visiting the forest if you are sick and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. • Follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on personal hygiene and social distancing before and during your visit to the forest.

  • Take your trash with you when you leave. Trash overflowing the receptacles becomes litter and can be harmful to wildlife and attract predators.
  • Please make arrangements to use the restroom before or after your visit to the forest. Unmanaged waste creates a health hazard for our employees and for other visitors.
  • If an area is crowded, please search for a less occupied location. Also consider avoiding the forest during high-use periods.

For tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus, go to: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Begich, Boggs Visitor Center Closed to Visitor Begich, Boggs Visitor Center is closed for the 2020 season.
Bertha Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Bertha Creek CG is closed and and the entrance is locked - Pack it in pack it out.
Black Bear Campground Closed to Visitor Black Bear CG is closed and and the entrance is locked - Pack it in pack it out.
Coeur d'Alene Campground Closed to Visitor 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 Closed to Visitor The gate is closed. Please pack out all garbage
Crescent Creek Campground Closed to Visitor The gate is closed. Please pack out all garbage
Crooked Creek Information Center Closed to Visitor
Crow Pass Cabin Closed to Visitor This cabin is closed November - May and not available for use.
Crow Pass Trail - INHT Open to Visitor
Five Fingers Campsites Open to Visitor
Granite Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Services are shutdown for 2020 season. No fees are being charged.
Johnson Pass North Trailhead Open to Visitor
Palmer Creek Road Closed to Visitor The gate at the bottom of the Road has been closed - Nov. 4, 2020
Placer River Snowmobiling Trailhead Open to Visitor
Porcupine Campground Closed to Visitor The gate is closed. Please pack out all garbage
Primrose Campground Closed to Visitor The gate is closed. Please pack out all garbage.
Ptarmigan Campground Closed to Visitor There is no gate at the campground. Use care campground roads are very icy - services are not available and fees are not being charged. Please pack out all garbage
Quartz Creek Campground Closed to Visitor The gate is closed. (Flush toilets are closed, but two winterized outhouses are available.) Access to Boat Launch and Kenai Lake open for public access all year.. Please pack out all garbage
Russian River Campground Closed to Visitor The gate is closed at the entrance near the contact station. Entrance road is extremely icy.Please pack out all garbage.
Tenderfoot Creek Campground Closed to Visitor The gate is closed. Gates are past the boat launch and 1st campsite.
Trail River Campground Closed to Visitor The gate is closed and locked.
Trail of Blue Ice - INHT Open to Visitor Very little elevation gain with the exception of a 700' section at the lake end.
Williwaw Campground Closed to Visitor Williwaw CG is closed and and the entrance is locked - Pack it in pack it out.

Spotlights

Coghill Lake Cabin

Coghill Cabins #2

The cabin is a 16x16-foot A-frame with a main floor and a sleeping loft. It accommodates up to six guests and comes equipped with wooden bunks, a kerosene heating stove, a table, benches and an outhouse with a pit toilet.
No water, electricity or fuel for the heater is provided. Guests are responsible for bringing their own drinking water, kerosene for heater (typically ~1 gallon/ day is sufficent), a cook stove, flashlights or lanterns, bedding, mattresses, toilet paper, garbage bags, cookware, dishes and utensils.

Please pack out what you bring in to leave a clean Cabin for the next visitors!

Overview

Coghill Lake Cabin offers opportunities for year-round rest and recreation near College Fiord in Prince William Sound. The cabin is nestled on a lagoon on the southwest shore of beautiful Coghill Lake, which is known for its excellent salmon fishing.
This remote site can be accessed by floatplane, which is typically a 50-minute flight from Anchorage or an hour from Cordova. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities. Hike in options include accessing the Cabin via a very rugged three-mile trail leaving from Coghill Bay (East side of Port Wells).

Shrode Lake Cabin

The cabin is a 16 x 16 foot A-frame with a main floor and a sleeping loft. It accommodates up to six people and comes equipped with wooden bunks, an oil drip (kerosene) heater, a table, benches, broom, fire extinguisher and an outhouse with a pit toilet.
Water, electricity and fuel for the heater are not provided. Freshwater is available around the cabin, but it should be treated before drinking.

Visitors are responsible for bringing their own drinking water, kerosene for heater (typically a gallon/ day is sufficent), a cook stove, flashlights or lanterns, bedding, mattresses, toilet paper, garbage bags, cookware, dishes and utensils.

Visitors are responsible for packing out all trash and cleaning the cabin after use.

Overview

Shrode Lake Cabin is open year-round, offering the opportunity to enjoy both summer and winter recreation in beautiful Prince William Sound. The cabin is in a secluded location that provides a true backcountry experience.

The site can be accessed by float plane or boat, depending on conditions. Those arriving by boat have two choices.

The Long Bay trailhead is only accessible at very high tides and small shore-going boats (Kayak, packraft or Dinghy).

It's about a 1 mile hike from salt water to the Cabin from the Long Bay trailhead. If accessing the Shrode Lake Cabin from the Three Fingers trailhead, larger boats can motor into the middle (of the three) finger and will see a trailhead sign at the head of the Bay. It's ~2 mile hike from Trailhead to the Cabin and requires a river crossing just before arriving to the Cabin. A third option (from the Three Fingers Trailhead) is to utilize the .5 mile Portage trail (between Salt Water and Shrode Lake) to carry a canoe, kayak or packraft. Then you'll have a ~2 mile paddle along the North shore of Shrode Lake to the cabin. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements, safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Spencer Whistle Stop

Hop off the Train at the Spencer Whistle Stop!

Take a tour with a Forest Service interpreter around the foot of Spencer Lake and then float among the icebergs that have calved off of the great glacier while the guide steers an Alaskan Native canoe. Or take a leisurely journey by raft down the Placer River toward Turnagain Arm.

Glacier Discovery Train: 2021 scheduled service Anchorage to Whittier, May 15 & 22, 2021; Anchorage to Whittier & Spencer Glacier, May 29 - June 4, 2021; Full route, June 5 – September 15, 2021 https://www.alaskarailroad.com/ride-a-train/schedules 

2021 Alaska Railroad Spencer Bench Cabin rental season -  June 1 - September 15, 2021 Reservations open in March 2021. 

Areas & Activities


https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/chugach/recreation