Welcome to the Tongass National Forest

Herbert-Mendenhall Pass Juneau RD

Recreate on the Tongass National Forest where you'll find cabins, trails, fish, wildlife, glaciers and beaches.

Find your getaway

The Tongass is the nation’s largest national forest and 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, learn about fisheries managementfish 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 and Steep Creek Bear Viewing area 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 from the cruise ship docks in downtown Ketchikan.


Southeast Alaska Sustainability Strategy (SASS)

Overlooking trees and water on the Tongass NF

Engaging communities and sustaining economies. After consultation with Tribal Nations and Alaska Native corporations and engagement in a public process to explore investment ideas from Southeast Alaska communities, over 270 investment ideas collectively valued at $276 million were proposed. While not every idea or proposal can be included in the initial investment, the input, ideas, and conversations reflect the deep need for equitable economic stimulus in the region.  

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Proposed Recreation Fees Information and Comment Page

Hoonah Cabin surrounded by trees, tall grass

The proposed changes will impact campgrounds, day-use sites, wildlife viewing sites and cabins on the Tongass National Forest. The proposed changes include new and increased fees at recreation sites. These changes will help improve and maintain recreation facilities on the Tongass National Forest. The recreation fees charged at Forest Service managed sites contribute to the stewardship of these special places.

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  • Tongass National Forest Sustainable Cabin Strategy
    The vision of the TNF Sustainable Cabin Strategy is to build, relocate, and remove cabins in order to increase public access and use, while reducing costs and avoiding compiling maintenance costs on the cabin system.