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
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.
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
Places to Picnic
Mile 22 - Copper River Highway
Slough and McKinley Lake for fishing. Day-use activities, hiking
(Pipeline Lakes and McKinley Trails are within one-half mile.)
Bringing bug repellent is always a good idea.