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Kuiu Wilderness

General Contacts Area Management Wilderness Laws
Photograph taken in  the Kuiu Wilderness
Helen Shear (USFS) 1993.


The United States Congress designated the Kuiu Wilderness (map) in 1990 and it now has a total of 60,581 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Alaska and is managed by the Forest Service. The Kuiu Wilderness is bordered by the Tebenkof Bay Wilderness to the north.


Bordered on the east by Sumner Strait and on the west by Chatham Strait, Kuiu Wilderness, near the southern end of Kuiu Island, shares a boundary on the north with Tebenkof Bay Wilderness. Chatham Strait is exposed to the open ocean and the water is often not safe for boating. Three major bays (Port Malmesbury, Port Beauclerc, and Affleck Canal) indent a coastline of smaller bays, coves, and canals and offer some anchorages. Several small offshore islands are included in this Wilderness of forest and muskeg. Peaks rise to over 2,000 feet. The area receives extensive rainfall. Campers are encouraged to use the uplifted gravel beaches as the best durable surfaces to camp upon, just be sure to check your tidebook to set your tent up above the high tide for that night. The beaches are also the best place to build your campfire, using small diameter driftwood.

Planning to Visit the Kuiu Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Kuiu Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.

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