Southeast Region

Known more commonly as the Inside Passage to cruise ship passengers, the southeast region is home to Alaska’s capital, Juneau. If you are making your voyage via cruise ship, Alaska’s “first city,” Ketchikan will most likely be your first port. Ketchikan is home to the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center where you can stroll through a lush rainforest and visit a re-created native fishing village to learn how the Tongass sustains the local communities today. Haines, north of Juneau, embraces thousands of bald eagles feasting on the late salmon run during the autumn months. Visit Castle Hill in Sitka to be transformed back in time to the selling of the state from Russia to the United States. The quaint streets of Skagway and Dyea were once the start of the gold rush stampeders of 1897. A visit to Sitka will offer the opportunity to admire the intricacy of totem poles carved by Tlingit and Haida artists.

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Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve is in the southeast region of Alaska
Region:
Southeast Region
Cities Nearby:
Haines
Activities:
Birding
Sightseeing
The preserve was established to protect and perpetuate the world's largest concentration of Bald Eagles and their critical habitat. It also sustains and protects the natural salmon runs and allows for traditional uses; provided such uses do not adversely affect preserve resources. The Preserve consists of 48,000 acres of river bottom land of the Chilkat, Kleheni, and Tsirku Rivers. The boundaries were designated to include only areas important to eagle habitation. Virtually every portion of the preserve is used by eagles at some time during the year.
Haines Highway
Haines, AK 99827
Contact
Phone:
(907) 766-2292
Web:
http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/units/eagleprv.htm
Chilkat River Critical Habitat Area is in Southeast Alaska
Region:
Southeast Region
Cities Nearby:
Haines
Activities:
Birding
Fishing
Floating & Boating
Hiking
Hunting
Sightseeing
Skiing & Snowboarding
Snowmachining
Snowshoeing
At the confluence of the Chilkat and Tsirku rivers 18 miles north of Haines on the Haines Highway, is the site of the largest known concentration of bald eagles in the world, the “Bald Eagle Council Grounds,” designated as both a state critical habitat area and the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve for the protection of bald eagles and their habitat. The area attracts visitors from around the world for its unparalleled bald eagle viewing opportunities.
802 3rd Street
Douglas, AK 99824-0024
Contact
Phone:
(907) 465-4266
Web:
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=chilkatriver.main
Chilkat State Park is in Southeast Alaska
Region:
Southeast Region
Cities Nearby:
Haines
Activities:
Fishing
Floating & Boating
Hiking
Sightseeing
Chilkat State Park offers a log cabin contact/information center, 35-site campground, picnic area, boat launch, and multi-use trails. The campground sits in a mixed forest of evergreens and deciduous trees at the edge of Chilkat Inlet. The boat launch provides access to the inlet and the run of king salmon in early June. The contact/information centers offers incredible views of Chilkat Inlet, including Rainbow and Davidson glaciers. The center also has wildlife spotting scopes so you can spot the inlet wildlife, such as seals, porpoises, and whales. Visitors have even been able to spy on bears and mountain goats on the other side of the inlet.
400 Willoughby Ave
PO Box 111071
Juneau, AK 99811
Contact
Phone:
(907) 465-4563
Email:
dnr.pkssoutheast@alaska.gov
Web:
http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/aspunits/southeast/chilkatsp.htm
Dude Creek Critical Habitat Area is in Southeast Alaska
Region:
Southeast Region
Cities Nearby:
Gustavus
Activities:
Backcountry
Birding
Fishing
Floating & Boating
Hiking
Hunting
Sightseeing
Skiing & Snowboarding
Snowmachining
Snowshoeing
The Dude Creek Critical Habitat Area in northern southeast Alaska, adjacent to the community of Gustavus and next door to Glacier Bay National Park, encompasses the largest expanse of undisturbed wet meadow habitat in the region. The area is enjoyed in the fall as a sandhill crane viewing area by residents and visitors alike, while local residents use it for recreation year-round.
802 3rd Street
Douglas, AK 99824-0024
Contact
Phone:
(907) 465-4359
Web:
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=dudecreek.main
Ernest Gruening State Historical Park is in Southeast Alaska
Region:
Southeast Region
Cities Nearby:
Juneau
Activities:
Fishing
Floating & Boating
Hiking
Sightseeing
This is the site of the territorial Governor Ernest Gruening’s rustic summer home near Dotson’s Landing/Amalga Harbor. The park is a beautiful setting showing off Alaska’s political and natural history. Territorial Governor Ernest Gruening wrote much of the manifesto for statehood called “The State of Alaska” in 1953 at this site. Today visitors can fish, view wildlife, and walk along interpretive trails.
24 Glacier Highway
Juneau, AK 99801
Contact
Web:
http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/aspunits/southeast/ernestgrushp.htm
Fort Rousseau Causeway State Historic Site is in Southeast Alaska
Region:
Southeast Region
Cities Nearby:
Sitka
Activities:
Floating & Boating
Hiking
Sightseeing
Located west of the Sitka airport runway, Fort Rousseau Causeway State Historical Park provides a unique opportunity for visitors to discover Sitka’s WWII history. Although undeveloped with no visitor facilities or no land access to the park, a short boat ride or kayak is worth the effort. Visitors to the park can explore numerous WWII features including ammunition magazines, lookouts, gun emplacements, and the headquarters command center.
400 Willoughby Ave
PO Box 111071
Juneau, AK 99811
Contact
Phone:
(907) 465-4563
Email:
dnr.pkssoutheast@alaska.gov
Web:
http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/aspunits/southeast/ftrousseau.htm
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in the southeast region.
Region:
Southeast Region
Cities Nearby:
Gustavus
Activities:
Birding
Fishing
Hiking
Hunting
Sightseeing
Covering 3.3 million acres of rugged mountains, dynamic glaciers, temperate rainforest, wild coastlines, and deep sheltered fjords, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is a highlight of Alaska's Inside Passage and part of a 25-million acre World Heritage Site—one of the world’s largest protected areas. From sea to summit, Glacier Bay offers limitless opportunities for adventure, inspiration, and awe.
1 Park Road
PO Box 140
Gustavus, AK 99826
Contact
Phone:
(907) 697-2230
Web:
https://www.nps.gov/glba/index.htm
Haines State Forest Resource Management Area in the southeast region.
Region:
Southeast Region
Cities Nearby:
Haines
Activities:
Backcountry
Fishing
Hiking
Hunting
Sightseeing
Skiing & Snowboarding
Snowmachining
Snowshoeing
Located in a transition zone between the wet coastal climate and the dry, cold Interior, the Forest provides suitable conditions for a diversity of plants and wildlife. The Forest is composed mostly of two forest types; western hemlock/Sitka spruce, and black cottonwood/willow. Backcountry logging roads, rivers, and hiking trails provide access to remote areas and abundant recreational opportunities.
P.O. Box 263
Haines, AK 99827
Contact
Phone:
(907) 766-2120
Web:
http://forestry.alaska.gov/stateforests
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is the in southeast region.
Region:
Southeast Region
Cities Nearby:
Skagway
Activities:
Hiking
Sightseeing
Headlines screamed "Gold!" The dream of a better life catapulted thousands of people to Alaska and the Yukon Territory. While their journey shaped them, it also changed the north and it’s people forever. Today, the park welcomes visitors to relive the trails, boomtowns, and stories of the Klondike Gold Rush.
P.O. Box 517
Skagway, AK 99840
Contact
Phone:
(907) 983-9200
Web:
https://www.nps.gov/klgo/index.htm
Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge is in the southeast region.
Region:
Southeast Region
Cities Nearby:
Juneau
Activities:
Birding
Fishing
Floating & Boating
Hiking
Hunting
Sightseeing
At the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge, land and sea meet and intermingle in saltwater wetlands. When fresh water flows into this mixture, the result is a diverse habitat that supports varied plant and animal life. The Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge is enjoyed year-round by residents and visitors alike. Waterfowl hunting, hiking, wildlife viewing and photography, boating, fishing, scientific and educational studies, and general sightseeing are popular activities.
802 3rd Street
Douglas, AK 99824-0024
Contact
Phone:
(907) 465-4266
Web:
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=mendenhallwetlands.main
Old Sitka State Historical Park is in the southeast region.
Region:
Southeast Region
Cities Nearby:
Sitka
Activities:
Fishing
Floating & Boating
Hiking
Sightseeing
In the early 1800s, Russians built a settlement at this site along Starrigavan Bay. Today, the site is designated as Old Sitka State Historical Park. Located 7 miles north of downtown Sitka, this park offers a variety of recreational opportunities. This site has been designated as a National Historic Landmark and interpretive panels provide information about the history of this site. A public use boat launch and dock allow boaters to access ocean waters north of Sitka. The Forest Muskegs trail is a 1.25 mile barrier free trail with a self guiding brochure that has information about the natural and cultural history of this area. The Mosquito Cove trail (1.5 miles long) provides an opportunity to hike along Starrigavan Bay and Mosquito Cove in the coastal spruce and hemlock forest. Old Sitka State Historical Park is located within walking distance of the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry Terminal and the US Forest Service Starrigavan Campground.
7.5 Halibut Point Road
Sitka, AK 99835
Contact
Phone:
(907) 465-4563
Web:
http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/aspunits/southeast/oldsitkaahp.htm
Point Bridget State Park is in the southeast region.
Region:
Southeast Region
Cities Nearby:
Juneau
Activities:
Beach Combing
Hiking
Sightseeing
Skiing & Snowboarding
Snowshoeing
Created in 1988 by Alaska State Legislature, beautiful 2,850 acre Point Bridget State Park, located forty miles north of Juneau, offers meadows, cliffs, spectacular views, salmon spawning streams, rocky beaches, and the open sea. In the winter, the meadows and open forest allow for excellent skiing and snowshoeing opportunities. There are also public use cabins available to rent.
38.5 Glacier Highway
Juneau, AK 99801
Contact
Phone:
907-465-4563
Web:
http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/units/ptbridg1.htm
Sitka National Historical Park
Region:
Southeast Region
Cities Nearby:
Sitka
Activities:
Hiking
Sightseeing
On an island amid towering spruce and hemlock, Sitka National Historical Park preserves the site of a battle between invading Russian traders and indigenous Kiks.ádi Tlingit. Park visitors are awed by Tlingit and Haida totem poles standing along the park’s scenic coastal trail, and the restored Russian Bishop’s House speaks of Russia’s little known colonial legacy in North America.
103 Monastery St
Sitka, AK 99835
Contact
Phone:
(907) 747-0110
Web:
https://www.nps.gov/sitk/index.htm
Stan Price State Wildlife Sanctuary
Region:
Southeast Region
Cities Nearby:
Juneau
Activities:
Backcountry
Birding
Hiking
Sightseeing
Located at the mouth of Pack Creek on the eastern shore of Admiralty Island and about 30 miles south of Juneau, Alaska, Stan Price State Wildlife Sanctuary provides protected habitat for brown bears while affording visitors an opportunity to view and photograph bears close-up. The sanctuary is cooperatively managed by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game and the U.S. Forest Service to provide bear viewing opportunities with minimal impact to brown bears.
802 3rd Street
Douglas, AK 99824
Contact
Web:
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=stanprice.main
Tongass National Forest
Region:
Southeast Region
Cities Nearby:
Ketchikan
Petersburg
Sitka
Activities:
Cycling
Dog Sledding
Fishing
Floating & Boating
Hiking
Hunting
Ice Climbing
Sightseeing
Skiing & Snowboarding
Snowmachining
Snowshoeing
The Tongass National Forest is 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. Take a sled-dog ride on a glacier, hike boardwalk trails, fish in streams or the ocean, or just relax at a remote cabin.
648 Mission Street
Ketchikan, AK 99901
Contact
Phone:
(907) 225-3101
Web:
https://www.fs.usda.gov/tongass/