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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 60,698 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.


Kuiu Wilderness is bordered on the east by Sumner Strait and on the west by Chatham Strait and near the southern end of Kuiu Island. The northern boundary is shared with Tebenkof Bay Wilderness. Three major bays (Port Malmesbury, Port Beauclerc and Affleck Canal) indent a coastline of smaller bays, coves and canals and offer some safe anchorages. Several small offshore islands are included in this Wilderness of forest and muskeg. Several peaks rise to over 2,000 feet.

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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