Recreation


Family camping and exploring an island near Meyers Chuck, Alaska

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The Tongass National Forest consists of glimmering rain forests, glaciers and icefields, spectacular scenery, mountains, waterways, and thousands of islands separated by straits and channels offering outstanding recreation opportunities, some very different from anything you'll experience in National Forests in the lower 48 states. Over 400 species of terrestrial and marine wildlife, fish, and shellfish abound. Some species, such as the bald eagle and the brown bear, are endangered in other parts of the United States, but thrive here. Experience one of our 6 bear viewing areas, or our 5 Glaciers.

Camp in a campground or in a cabin. Hike through dense forest, alpine meadow, or on a wooden boardwalk trail through peat bogs called muskegs. Eplore world-class caves, one or all of our 17 Wilderness Areas, or enjoy salt water fjords and unending waterways by canoe or kayak, via your own motor or sail boat, charter boat, ferry, or cruise ship. Watch bears, eagles, whales, and countless other wild animals in their natural settings. Visit glaciers by land or sea. And of course, fish, in fresh or salt water environments, everything from herring to trout, salmon to halibut. For a truely Alaskan experience, visit the Tongass National Forest. Where will your Alaska adventure take you?

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