“With close to 150,000 annual visitors seeking recreational opportunities, our goal is to minimize public safety concerns in this area and to clarify expectations. As an example, people should not use a firearm as a noise deterrent to bears or hunt in this area due to the high public visitation,” said Bobbie Jo Skibo, Interagency Management Coordinator for the Chugach National Forest. “Weapons should only be discharged in legal situations such as in defense of life or property.”
The order also complements additional interagency regulations that apply to this multi-jurisdictional area regarding the use of weapons and hunting. Those include:
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge: Firearm discharge restricted within 1/4 mile of designated public campgrounds, trailheads, waysides, buildings, or the Sterling Highway from the east Kenai National Wildlife Refuge boundary to the east junction of the Skilak Loop Road.
Alaska Department of Fish and Game: Russian River Closed Area: Consisting of the area within 150 yards, and including the river, from the outlet of Lower Russian Lake downstream to the Russian River/Kenai River confluence is closed to hunting in June and July.
For more information, visit the Chugach National Forest website or click here to view the Forest Order and view the map of the Russian River developed recreation site restriction areas.