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Tongass National Forest (Wrangell)


Anan Wildlife Observatory
Anan Wildlife Observatory - Mainland, 31 miles south of Wrangell by boat. Access by trail is 0.5 mile from trailhead at the mouth of the lagoon. View black bear, brown bear, seals, bald eagles, and other wildlife during July-August pink salmon run. June 15 - September 15: Forest Service interpreters on site; by Forest Order, no food, dogs, or camping allowed and foot travel is restricted to trail. No reservations currently required. Facilities include covered viewing shelter with two-tiered deck and an outhouse.


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Earl West Cove Recreation Site
Earl West Cove Recreation Site - Wrangell Island, 28 miles SE of Wrangell at the end of Forest Road 6265. Access via 100-foot trail from parking area to picnic site with scenic view of saltwater and mountains. Boat ramp for saltwater launching at log transfer facility (LTF). CAUTION: Commercial use of LTF may occur during periods of timber harvest. Opportunities for picknicking, camping, and stream and saltwater fishing. Facilities include parking area, picnic table, fire grill, and outhouse.

Long Lake Recreation Site
Long Lake Recreation Site - Wrangell Island, 28 miles SE of Wrangell off Forest Roads 6265, 6270, and 6271 adjacent to Forest Road 6271. The Long Lake Trail begins here and leads to Long Lake shelter. Opportunities for picknicking and camping. Facilities include parking area, picnic table, fire grill, and outhouse.

Lower Salamander Creek Recreation Sties
Lower Salamander Creek Recreation Site - Wrangell Island, 23 miles SE of Wrangell off of Forest Roads 6265, and 50050. Site adjacent to scenic Salamander Creek with good access to fishing. Camping and picnic opportunities - picnic tables and fire grills at three locations on site. Parking area and outhouse provided.

North Wrangell High Country Recreation Site
North Wrangell High Country Shelter - Wrangell Island, 3.5 miles from Rainbow Falls trailhead via Rainbow Falls Trail to institute Creek Trail, to North Wrangell Trail. Trail system leads to a three-sided shelter for picnicking and camping. Excellent views of mainland and surrounding islands. Facilities include a picnic table and outhouse.

Rainbow Falls Scenic View Sites
Rainbow Falls Scenic View Sites - Wrangell Island, 4.5 miles south of Wrangell up Rainbow Falls Trail. Trail gives access to two sites. The first site at 0.5 mile provides a beautiful view of Rainbow Falls. The second site at 0.7 mile is above the waterfall and has spectacular views of Chichagof Pass and surrounding islands. Opportunities for views and picnicking. Facilities include viewing platforms and bench seating.

Thomas Creek Crossing Recreation Site
Thoms Creek Crossing Recreation Site - Wrangell Island, 38 miles from Wrangell off Forest Roads 6265, 6270, and 6299. Access via 100-foot trail from parking area to picknicking, camping, and fishing opportunities on scenic Thoms Creek. Parking area, picnic table, fire grill, and outhouse.

Upper Salamander Creek Recreation Site
Upper Salamander Creek Recreation Site - Wrangell Island, 17 miles SE of Wrangell, on Forest Road 6265. Access via 700-foot trail from parking area to picknicking, camping, and fishing opportunities on scenic Salamander Creek. Facilities include picnic table, fire grill, and outhouse.

Chief Shakes Hot Springs
Chief Shakes Hot Springs - Mainland, 28 miles northwest of Wrangell up the Stikine River by boat, at Hot Springs Slough off Ketili Slough. High river level required in sloughs for easiest access. A 0.3-mile trail off Hot Springs Slough provides access at lower water levels. Expect crowds on weekends, holidays, and sunny days throughout the summer. No overnight accommodations. Please avoid camping within 100 feet of the tubs and on the access trails. Facilities include an enclosed and an open-air hot tub, dressing rooms, benches, and outhouse for each.

Kunk Lake Shelter
Kunk Lake Shelter - Etolin Island, 13 miles south of Wrangell by boat. Access via 1.3-mile Kunk Lake Trail from Zimovia Strait. Three sided shelter on NE side of Kunk Lake - scenic view of lake and mountains. Opportunities for picknicking, camping, and trout fishing. Facilities include picnic table, fire grill, outhouse, skiff, and oars.

Long Lake Shelter
Long Lake Shelter - Wrangell Island, 28 miles SE of Wrangell off of Forest Roads 6265, 6270, and 6271. Three sided shelter on north end of Long Lake, reached by 0.6-mile Long Lake Trail. Scenic views of mountains. Opportunities for picknicking, camping, and trout fishing. Facilities include picnic table, fire grill, outhouse, skiff, and oars.

Nemo Campsites
Nemo Campsites - Wrangell Island, 14 miles south of Wrangell off Zimovia Highway and Forest Highway 16 to Forest Road 6267. Entry site with information display at 0.5 mile; Yunshookuh Loop (3 sites) at 0.7 mile; Three Sisters View Point (1 site) at 1.5 mile; Anita Bay Overlook (2 sites) at 2.2 mile, and Highline Campsite (2 sites) at 3.3 mile along Forest Road 6267. Sites provide spectacular views of Zimovia Strait and North Etolin Island. No reservations or fees required. Parking areas, picnic tables, fire grills, and outhouses at each campsite.

North Wrangell Pond Shelter
North Wrangell Pond Shelter - Wrangell Island, 4.5 miles from Rainbow Falls trailhead via Rainbow Falls Trail to Institute Creek Trail, to North Wrangell Trail. Trail begins approximately 2.2 miles from the Rainbow Falls trailhead. Trail will lead to the High Country and Pond Shelters and eventually link with the Spur Road extension to form a loop trail system. Facilities include a picnic table and outhouse.

Shoemaker Bay Overlook Shelter
Shoemaker Bay Overlook Shelter - Wrangell Island, 4.5 miles south of Wrangell. Access via Rainbow Falls and Institute Creek Trails for a total distance of 3.5 miles and 1,500 feet elevation gain. Trails lead to a three-sided shelter for picknicking and camping. Excellent views of Shoemaker Bay, Zimovia Strait, and surrounding islands. Facilities include picnic table, fire grill, and outhouse.

Turn Island Beach Campsite
Turn Island Beach Campsite - Wrangell Island, 19 miles South of Wrangell off of Forest Roads 6267. Site access from saltwater by boat, or by 0.5-mile trail beginning at 5.2 mile of Forest Road 6267. Camping and picnic opportunities - tent pads, picnic tables, fire ring, woodshed, and outhouse.

Twin Lakes Recreation Site
Twin Lakes Recreation Site - North Arm of the Stikine River, 18 miles northwest of Wrangell by boat. (Also known as Figure 8 Lakes.) When entrance to lakes becomes restricted at low river levels, a 0.1-mile trail leads from the Twin Lakes Recreation Cabin, at the mouth of Twin Lakes Slough, to the site.  Opportunities for swimming and waterplay, as weather and lake level allow.  Facilities include an outhouse and two cleared areas with fire rings.

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