The Tongass National Forest is located in the panhandle of Alaska.
Where is this Forest?


Trapped air bubbles on Blind Slough, Mitkof Island.
Trapped air bubbles on Blind Slough, Mitkof Island
Photo courtesy of Karen Dillman, Forest Ecologist


Welcome to the Tongass National Forest, the nation's largest national forest. The Tongass 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. Take a sled-dog ride on a glacier, hike boardwalk trails, fish in streams or the ocean, relax at a remote cabin or visit the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center in Juneau, Anan Wildlife Observatory in Wrangell, Fish Creek Bear Viewing Area in Hyder, or Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area on Admiralty Island.

Recent News


Tongass National Forest - Forest Plan Amendment

Tongass Narrows looking West to Gravina Island

December 9, 2016, M. Earl Stewart, the Forest Supervisor for the Tongass National Forest, signed the final Record of Decision (ROD) for the Tongass National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan Amendment). The ROD documents the rationale for approving the Forest Plan Amendment and is consistent with the Reviewing Officer’s response to objections and instructions. The effective date of the Forest Plan Amendment is 30 days after publication of the notice of Forest Plan Amendment approval in the newspaper of record, the Ketchikan Daily News. A supplemental notice will also be published in the Juneau Empire.

Photo: Tongass Narrows looking West to Gravina Island, November 27, 2014 courtesy of Susan Howle, Tongass Planning Staff Officer.

Christmas Tree Cutting on the Tongass NF

USDAFS Christmas Shield

As the holiday season begins, please keep these guidelines in mind when out enjoying your National Forest looking for that perfect Christmas tree.


Just for Kids

Childrens Forest Logo

Imagine a coastal rainforest, wet, mossy, teeming with life, and intact. Pull on your rubber boots, we are going on a hike to get to know the Tongass National Forest.

2017 Juried Hummingbird Art Show

2017 Juried Hummingbird Art Show Form

The 2017 Alaska Hummingbird Juried Art show is open for entries.