57.7419° N, 136.0753° W
West Chichagof Wilderness
The West Chichagof-Yakobi Wilderness is a federally designated wilderness area, encompassing nearly 266,000 acres, 30 miles north from Sitka. The area includes beautiful Yakobi Island at the north end, the entire western side of Chichagof Island and east to Hoonah Sound, as well as many small island groups along the coast.
With its seemingly endless miles of rugged coastline, thousands of islands, towering mountains, dense forests, abundant wildlife, rich salmon runs, hot springs and extreme remoteness, West Chichagof is a wild place beyond compare. By boat, plane, on foot or in a kayak, you’ll not find a better place to experience true wilderness.
This Wilderness Area was created through a citizen’s proposal after a group of Sitka teachers and concerned community members suggested that it would be a stellar place to preserve. This was especially significant at a time when ancient forests of the region were being cut down at an alarming rate.
The West Chichagof – Yakobi Wilderness was officially designated, in 1980, under the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA). It now stands as an absolute national treasure, on the outer-coast edge of our 17 million acre Tongass National Forest.