Begich, Boggs Visitor Center, Portage Valley

Located 50 miles south of Anchorage at the tip of Turnagain Arm, Portage Valley was carved by numerous glaciers that still straddle mountain peaks visible from the valley floor. At the end of the valley, icebergs that recently calved off Portage Glacier are visible.

Begich, Boggs Visitor Center, Portage Valley

Tips for Visitors

  • Don’t miss one of Alaska’s most popular attractions—Portage Glacier.
  • Explore the interactive exhibits at the visitor center.
  • Watch the award-winning film “Voices From the Ice.”
  • Go on an ice worm safari or guided hike with a ranger.
  • Take a cruise to the face of the glacier and watch the ice calve.
  • Drive right through the mountains on your way around Portage Lake to Whittier.Portage Glacier


Natural Highlights

  • Spruce and cottonwood garnish the mountainside, salmon rush upstream, and moose and bear forage on lush summer vegetation.
  • At the end of the valley, shimmering blue icebergs that recently calved off Portage Glacier are drifting to the shore of Portage Lake.


Historical HighlightSalmon
A century ago, Portage Glacier terminated on land at the western end of Portage Lake, filling the lake with ice. The glacier has been in steady retreat since then, partially due to global warming first associated with the end of the Little Ice Age around the mid-19th century.

Cultural Highlight
Portage Glacier was so named because it is on a portage route between Prince William Sound and Turnagain Arm, once a key passage route for Dena’ina Indians and Russian fur traders.


For more information visit Explore Alaska! or www.fs.fed.us/r10/chugach

 

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