Logo bar of the Alaska Public Lands Information Centers which are located in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Tok and Ketchikan
Brown public use cabin at Uganik Bay Kodiak with blue water and green forest covered mountains in the background.
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Baby bear rolling on his back.
Brown bears are just one of the animals you could see when you visit public land in Alaska!

Public lands are important for wildlife too!

Some lands are set aside to protect places where wildlife live and raise their families. Some of these animals are endangered species. Other public lands are used by migrating birds as nesting and resting spots on their long flight south for the winter.

For more information about animals in Alaska visit:

the Anchorage Alaska Public Lands Information Center's Wildlife Page for information about some common animals in Alaska, and links to information about wildlife viewing.

the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Wildlife Notebook Series for detailed information about many of Alaska's animals.

Learn about some important safety tips while in moose country.

Hiker enjoying the mountains of Alaska.
Hiking and enjoying the view is just one way to get out and use Alaska's public lands.

 What can people do on public lands?

  • Picnic
  • Hike
  • Fish
  • Hunt
  • Ski
  • Take pictures
  • Pick berries
  • Pan for gold
  • Snowmobile
  • Watch wildlife

And that's not all! Public lands not only supply us with recreation and enjoyment; they also give us fish and meat, berries and natural resources like oil and gas, minerals, and timber.

Map of public land in Alaska.
Every area in color is public land we can visit and enjoy.  So much of Alaska is public land!

Public Lands Are Cool

Public lands are places owned by the people of the United States. These lands belong to you and me, and are for us to use for our enjoyment and inspiration.

We are really lucky in Alaska because we have over 300 million acres of public lands here. Other parts of the country have very few public lands.

The opposite of public is private. If you want to hike or hunt on private land, you have to knock on the land owner's door and ask to use there property. But here in Alaska, we have a lot of public lands available to all of us to share.


Visit the "For Kids" pages at each Alaska Public Lands Information Center

outside view of the old federal building where the anchorage alaska visitors center is located

Anchorage Center
Complete a scavenger hunt, become a Junior Ranger, request a bear safety decal, and more

The Fairbanks Center.

Fairbanks Center
Become a Junior Ranger, play the Leave No Trace board game, and learn about family-friendly activities in the Fairbanks area!

an outside view of The Ketchikan alaska public land information Center.

Ketchikan Center
Check out the Junior Ranger Activity Book, the on-site scavenger hunt, and more

an outside view of the Tok alaska public lands information Center.

Tok Center
Summer camps in Alaska's outdoors and more

A black and white engraving shows several white men in colonial dress battling with dark skinned Hawaiians. This is a depiction of John Ledyard at the battle which ended the life of  Captain Cook's on the sands of Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii. Did You Know?
John Ledyard of Connecticut departed England with Captain Cook in 1776 in search of the Northwest Passage. Ledyard would become the first American to step foot on the future states of Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, & Alaska. His journal would later become the first article protected under copyright.