For outdoor lovers, the Tongass National Forest, which surrounds Petersburg, has unlimited recreational opportunities including fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, kayaking/canoeing, backcountry cross-country and telemark skiing, ice skating, and climbing.
In addition, Petersburg has a very active Parks and Recreation Department, which sponsors various events throughout the year including a mini-triathlon, arts and crafts classes, dance, and aerobic training.
The new Aquatic Center is one of the best indoor pool facilities in the state with a lap pool, warm water pool, and water slide. The Petersburg School District and Viking Swim Club offer classes and organized training and competitions. The community gym has a basketball court, weight room, and three squash/racquetball courts.