Recreation


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ALERT: An Interagency scientific team has been monitoring the hazards posed by a potential landslide in Barry Arm Fjord, Prince William Sound, Alaska. Recent monitoring from early September 2022, have identified a prolonged acceleration and increase in the size of the area that is in motion. Please consider this most recent scientific information and current natural events (i.e. significant rainfall, seismicity, etc.) carefully when entering inundation zones. The most up to date information can be found on the following website: https://dggs.alaska.gov/hazards/barry-arm-landslide.html

If making a cabin reservation on recreation.gov or recreating in the area please take into consideration the factors mentioned above. 

The Chugach National Forest covers a vast area, over 5 million acres of adventure and rugged beauty. 

  • 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

  • For forest-specific recreation closures, please contact the local Forest Service office or explore the forest website.

Current Recreation Conditions

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Begich, Boggs Visitor Center Closed Closed The Begich, Boggs Visitor Center is closed for the season. 
Bertha Creek Campground Closed Closed Road blocked by snow and gate closed.
Black Bear Campground Open Open Gate is closed due to snow.
Coeur d'Alene Campground Open Open This campground has limited services even in the summer season - there is no water at the campground.
Cooper Creek Campground Open Open Gate closed due to snow conditions.
Crescent Creek Campground Open Open Firewood cutting is open in the Crescent Creek Campground from April 22 to May 23. 🪵 You MUST obtain a permit from the Seward Ranger District's front office prior to cutting and gathering. Call the front office at 907-288-3178 to arrange a time to get a permit. Be aware that there is limited turn-around space for vehicles as snow melts.
Crooked Creek Information Site Open Open
Crow Pass Cabin Open Open Due to avalanche conditions this cabin is closed November - May
Crow Pass Trail - INHT Open Open Visit www.cnfaic.org for avalanche conditions.
Five Fingers Campsites Open Open
Granite Creek Campground Open Open Gate closed due to snow.
Johnson Pass North Trailhead Open Open
Palmer Creek Road Open Open Be aware of icy conditions.
Placer River Snowmobiling Trailhead None None
Porcupine Campground Open Open Gate is closed due to snow.
Primrose Campground Open Open
Ptarmigan Campground Open Open
Quartz Creek Campground Closed Closed
Russian River Campground Closed Closed The campground is open to the public for winter recreation. Visitors should be aware of weather and road conditions before recreating as well as heed all Forest Service signs and fencing. Additionally, smoke will be visible from the campground due to prescribed pile burning during mid fall until early winter 2023.
Tenderfoot Creek Campground Open Open Gate is closed due to snow conditions.
Trail River Campground Open Open Gate closed due to snow conditions.
Trail of Blue Ice - INHT Open Open Very little elevation gain with the exception of a 700' section at the lake end.
Williwaw Campground Open Open Gate is closed due to snow.