Tongass National Forest Public Use Cabins
Public Use Cabins
Although it takes some getting to, this wilderness, lakeside public use cabin offers great sportfishing and a skiff to paddle around in. This new cabin is a 7 – 10 mile hike and four-mile paddle or skiff ride across Wrangell Narrows from downtown Petersburg. It sleeps six.
This 16 x 22-ft public use cabin offers access to both saltwater and freshwater fishing, plus great scenic and wildlife viewing. Located on the road system 27 miles south of Hoonah at Freshwater Bay, this modern, cedar cabin sleeps eight and is heated by a wood stove.
Sited at the end of a hiking trail at 3,100 feet elevation, this six-person A‑frame cabin is open to the adventurous year-round, offering views of this alpine lake and the surrounding mountain ridges. A strenuous, 2.5‑mile trail leads to a spectacular overlook and to Devil’s Punchbowl, a tarn nested in a deep, rocky bowl.
Voted one of the Top 10 Forest Service cabins in Southeast, this modified A‑frame public use cabin occupies a prime spot in the Stikine-LeConte Wilderness, overlooking the Stikine River delta. A short trail leads to LeConte Bay, where icebergs broken off LeConte Glacier can be spotted. It’s also a prime spot for watching the spring shorebird migration.
This U.S. Forest Service rental cabin is accessed only by boat or floatplane and lies about 20 miles southwest of Hoonah on Frederick Sound. Located on a sunny patch of beachfront, the 15 by 17-foot cedar log structure sleeps up to eight people and is heated by a wood stove.
This is a very small enclosed CCC Adirondack shelter. It has a concrete floor, and a 1930s fireplace. 2 single wooden bunks, wood stove, table and benches, Cooking counter, broom, fireplace, axe and maul, wood, outhouse, skiff with oars. The cabin is in the central part of the island on the southern end of Hasselborg Lake at an elevation of 300ft (91 m).
At a spectacular spot two miles from the Canadian border, this public use cabin sleeps six and overlooks the main branch of the Skagway River. The trail there leads to Laughton Creek and Laughton Glacier. Moose, brown bears, and wildflowers can be found in this subalpine forest.
You can’t get much closer to a railroading experience than sleeping in a caboose. Refurbished as a public use cabin in the 1960’s, this classic trail car mothballed by the White Pass and Yukon Route railroad offers rustic amenities with views of Skagway River’s East Fork and Sawtooth Mountains.
16ft x 12ft Pan Abode style cabin with 4 single wooden bunks, Table, Wood stove, Food cupboard, Axe, Cooking counter and shelves, Log book, Broom and dustpan, Outhouse, Wood supply (rounds), 12-foot skiff with oars. Water is available from the lake. Treat all water before using.
This A‑frame public use cabin lies eight miles northeast of Wrangell on the Stikine River delta, one mile south of Point Rothsay and walking distance to the town’s famous garnet deposits. It sleeps six. Guests must provide firewood, bedding and cooking utensils. The garnet outcropping is owned by the Presbyterian Church in Wrangell.
North half of double A‑frame cabin (14ft x 40ft) without windows 4 single wooden bunks, Table, 2 chairs, Fuel oil heater, Log book, Upper level loft, Broom and dustpan, 12ft x 12ft meat shed shared with Tanis Mesa South, Outhouse, Windsock (15 MPH), Airstrip 1800ft x 50ft