Bear Resistant Food Containers
Since most of the park's backcountry lies above treeline, do NOT plan on hanging your food in trees. Use BRFC's instead!
Proper food storage is REQUIRED within Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve. Using a bear resistant food container (BRFC) is an easy way to comply. You can borrow BRFCs at any park visitor center for backcountry use. BRFCs are not available at the McCarthy Road Information Station. We have a limited supply for public use. A refundable deposit is required.
Each container will fit in a standard backpacking pack and holds enough food for one person for about 5 days (more if you pack in tightly). All items with an odor must be stored in the BRFC at all times.
- NEVER place a cookstove on the BRFC
- ALWAYS keep the BRFC away from your tent and campsite
- ALWAYS seal food in plastic bag within the BRFC
- ALWAYS keep latched and secured
- BRFC's are NOT watertight- in the case of rain, turn them upside-down in order to keep water out.
Where Can I Obtain My Own BRFC?
There are a variety of approved Bear Resistant Food/Garbage Containers available to the public. Please go to the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee website. You can download a current list of approved and certified bear-resistant products, and find information about the companies who sell and manufacture these products. We also recommend checking with your outfitter, air taxi, or guide service for additional supplies.