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Single level hunter style cabin.


Oil stove for heat (#1 diesel only), 4 single bunks, Wooden table and benches, Counter, Pit-type outhouse, Stove has slightly domed top, brown enamel finish, is used for heating purposes only; burns #1 heating oil. Water available from a small stream 1/4 mile (400 m) north of cabin. Treat all water before using.




Rocky Pass, Kupreanof Island


North end of Big John Bay in Rocky Pass, west side of Kupreanof Island.


28 miles (45 km) by float plane from Petersburg, 18 miles (29 km) by boat from Kake, or 16 miles (26 km) by road plus 1.75 miles (2.8 km) hike from Kake.


Tidal flat which becomes an islet at high tide. Cabin on small wooded point that faces large expanse of tidal grass and saltwater flats.

Special Features

Bear, grouse, waterfowl hunting. Trout, pink salmon, and coho salmon fishing in Hamilton and Big John creeks. Big John Bay Trail provides roaded access to cabin from community of Kake. Trail difficult to follow. Route follows tide flats (no access at high tide), then parallels a small creek until reaching logging road. Additional hikes in area: Hamilton Bay Trail, Goose Lake Trail and Cathedral Falls Trail.

Season Of Use


Managing Agency

Tongass National Forest

What To Bring

#1 diesel fuel, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cooking stove, lantern, pots, pans, plates, utensils, food, toilet paper, garbage bags, fire extinguisher, fire starter and rubber boots. It's a good idea to bring your own water.




Oil (#1 diesel)

More Info

No trail access during high tide. 15ft tide required for boat or plane, or 1-mile hike in mud. Cabin marker may be difficult to sight from water.

USGS Topo Map

Petersburg D-6, C-6, D-5

Rental Fee

$40/night May-Sept; $25/night Oct-Apr

Getting There

Latitude: 56.84194444
Longitude: -133.6852778
Driving Directions


Big John Bay Cabin