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Chugach National Forest

The Chugach National Forest is a 5.4 million acre United States National Forest in south central Alaska. It is located in the mountains surrounding Prince William Sound including the eastern Kenai Peninsula and the delta of the Copper River.


It is the second-largest (third-largest if the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is considered as one entity) forest in the U.S. national forest system, and is the northernmost national forest.

The Chugach National Forest envelops Prince William Sound and is surrounded by the Chugach Mountains. It was originally designated in 1907 by Theodore Roosevelt and was originally 23 million acres in size.

Approximately one-third of the area of the forest is rocks and ice. The supervisor's office is located in Anchorage.


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There are local ranger district offices located in Cordova, Girdwood, and Seward.

Though the Chugach forest is largely wild, with only 90 miles of Forest Service roads, none of it is currently designated as wilderness.

In descending order of land area within the forest it is located in parts of the Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Kenai Peninsula Borough, Anchorage Municipality, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Kodiak Island Borough, and Yakutat City and Borough.

Ecology
The Chugach is a temperate rain forest in the pacific temperate rain forest region. Here the forest occupies only a very narrow strip between the ocean and the icy alpine zone. The dominant trees are limited to sitka spruce, western hemlock and mountain hemlock. This zone is known as the"sub-polar rainforest".

Places to Picnic

Mile 22 - Copper River Highway
Accesses Alaganik Slough and McKinley Lake for fishing. Day-use activities, hiking (Pipeline Lakes and McKinley Trails are within one-half mile.)

Picnicking
Beautiful scenery. Bringing bug repellent is always a good idea.

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