This is the weekly Recreation and Road report for August 6th-August 13th.    

Road Conditions/Construction:

Logging Traffic:                 

  • On Zarembo Island, there is log yarding and hauling activity from the Mustang Lakes area to St. Johns Harbor on the Mainline road 6590 and on the 52089 Zarembo Lake Road into St Johns.
  • On Etolin Island, there is log yarding on the Mosmon Road 6546, with log haul to the Anita Bay LTF. 

Recreational Reminders:              

  • A brown bear sighting was reported from the Yunshookuh Campsite recently. This is a good reminder to always be bear aware in the woods, such as by making noise to avoid surprising them when out walking, and to keep food items and garbage secured in vehicles or bear proof containers when camping.
  • Our recreation crew is now out working on our sites, but we still appreciate public reports. As you visit recreation sites and cabins, please notify us if you notice anything damaged or needing attention.
  • Due to reduced budgets & staffing, the Forest Service is not able to guarantee a supply of firewood at cabins and campsites right now, except at Middle Ridge Cabin.
  • And with the start of deer season, we would like to remind everyone that it is illegal and unsafe to shoot from, across or along roadways.

Anan Wildlife Observatory:

  • Permits for visiting Anan are required from July 5th until August 25th. Requests for the lottery of the last 4 daily permits are being accepted in-person at the Wrangell District front desk.  A schedule for requesting dates and more details on this process can be found by contacting the front desk at 874-2323.
  • Some trees are down on the trail between the Anan Bay Cabin and the observatory trailhead. The trail can still be used, but it does requires maneuvering off of the boardwalk in some sections.

Community Programs:

  • Join us for the last Tongass Tots program of the summer on Wednesday, August 14th from 10-11am at Volunteer Park. Remember to dress for the weather!
  • Also join us at the Nemo Host Site for the weekly Friday night potluck & Campfire Program on August 9th as we celebrate 75 years of Smokey Bear. The Nemo Host Site is the first developed site on the Nemo Recreation Loop, approximately 14 miles south of Wrangell. The potluck begins around 6pm, and the Campfire Program starts at 7pm.

This announcement is courtesy of your Wrangell Ranger District. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact its office at 907-874-2323.