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


Terry Fiske Bear
They're awake! We want your visit to the Tongass National Forest to be a memorable and safe trip. Please be bear aware when hiking trails or fishing streams. Photo courtesy of Terry Fiske, Forester, Hoonah Ranger District.


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. Hike or take a sled-dog ride on a glacier, stroll along boardwalk trails, fish in streams or the ocean, or relax at a remote cabin. If spying some truly wild wildlife is on your bucket list, 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, or immerse yourself in native culture at the stunning Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, located just steps away from the cruise ship docks in downtown Ketchikan.

Tongass National Forest Jr. Ranger Booklet


Are you a Junior Ranger? Our newest Junior Ranger Program booklet is available for download here. Learn about the nation's largest national forest and temperate rainforest; the trees, fish, fungi, and flora that thrive in this ecosystem known as the Tongass National Forest. Once you  complete your booklet, find a Tongass ranger and complete the process to earn your Junior Ranger badge. We'll see you on the trails! 

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 was January 8, 2017.

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

Prince of Wales Landscape Level Analysis Project (POW LLA)

Prince of Wales Landscape Level Analysis Project (POW LLA)

The purpose of the POW LLA Project is to improve forest ecosystem health on Craig and Thorne Bay Ranger Districts, help support community resiliency, and provide economic development through an integrated approach to meet multiple resource objectives. The proposed action will be developed through extensive public involvement to meet the Purpose and Needs for the project, with activities that will occur over the course of 10 to 15 years. Input from the tribes and the public will help determine the location and types of activities, and how extensively they will occur across the landscape.


Fish, fun in Kake for 20th annual kids’ derby

A child and her parent identify macroinvertebrate insects at an educational table at the Kake derby

More than 100 kids attended the 20th annual Kake Kids’ Fishing Derby on July 1, 2017. 

Building a pool, increasing salmon yield in Lena Beach

Deep pool forming at the bottom of the Picnic Creek fish ladder

The temporary repair is meant to hold until the permanent restoration work begins, scheduled for 2018 under the Lena Beach Renovation Project.


Juneau artist Sharron Lobaugh honored at Mendenhall Glacier

Artist Sharron Lobaugh, blue jacket, yellow blouse

Family of the late artist Sharron Lobaugh gathered at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center to remember the long-time Juneau artist who donated her artwork for the 2017 season pass.

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.

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