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The Starrigavan Campsites are located in the northern part of Tongass National Forest, near Sitka, Alaska. The area offers a unique outdoor experience, providing access to a variety of recreation opportunities, including hiking, fishing, bird watching, and wildlife viewing.

Camping Information

Reservations and Fees: Campsites at Starrigavan are operated by the US Forest Service. Some sites may be available on a first-come, first-served basis, but reservations are encouraged, especially during peak season. Fees for campsites vary depending on the type of site and amenities provided.

Campsites: There are multiple campsites available, which include amenities such as picnic tables, fire pits, and tent pads. RV camping may be available with certain size restrictions, and some sites may provide electrical hookups.

Facilities: Common facilities include restrooms, potable water, and trash disposal. Some campsites may offer additional amenities such as bear-proof food storage and campfire rings.

Regulations: There are several regulations that campers must adhere to while staying at Starrigavan Campsites including food storage rules to prevent bear encounters, fire regulations, quiet hours, pet policies, and the leave-no-trace principles to maintain the pristine nature of the environment.


Hiking: The area offers access to multiple hiking trails of varying lengths and difficulty levels. Trails like the Estuary Life Trail and the Forest and Muskeg Trail provide scenic views and wildlife observation opportunities.

Fishing: The nearby streams and marine waters are popular for fishing salmon, trout, and other species. Be sure to check local fishing regulations and obtain necessary permits.

Wildlife Viewing: Starrigavan is an excellent place for birdwatching and observing a variety of wildlife, including eagles, bears, and marine mammals, among others.

Educational Programs: Depending on the season, the forest service or local organizations may offer guided walks, educational programs, and other learning opportunities about the natural and cultural history of the area.

Planning Tips

Weather: The Tongass National Forest is a temperate rainforest and the weather can be very wet and unpredictable. Pack waterproof clothing and gear, and be prepared for rain.

Transportation: Access to Starrigavan Campsites is typically via car from Sitka. There is no public transportation directly to the campsites, so having a vehicle is necessary.

Safety: In bear country, it's essential to follow safety guidelines to avoid encounters. Make noise while hiking, store food appropriately, and carry bear spray as a precaution.

To get the most accurate and up-to-date information about Starrigavan Campsites and to make reservations, it's best to contact the US Forest Service directly or visit their official website for Tongass National Forest.

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