Distin Lake Cabin

Cabin is currently in disrepair and not available for rent.


This is an enclosed CCC Adirondack shelter built in 1936. Original notching is visible on much of the structure. Layout is similar to a Pan Abode cabin.


4 single wooden bunks, Wood stove, Table and benches, Broom, Cooking counter, Maul, Axe, Wood, Outhouse, Skiff with oars.


It has sleeping space for 2 adults and 2 children. There is NOT enough room for 4 adults.


West side of Distin Lake


The cabin is in the center of the island on the west side of Distin Lake at an elevation of 312' (95 m).


Access is by float plane or canoe with portage. It is about a 45-minute flight from Juneau. It is a 4 mile (6.4 km) paddle/portage from Guerin Lake, 11/2 mile (2.4 km) from Davidson Lake, and 8 miles (13 km) from Mitchell Bay. Occasionally poor weather can result in extended stays, and cabin users should be prepared for this. In fall, winter, and early spring, the cabin may be inaccessible due to frozen lake surface (float planes cannot land). The lake is normally ice free from mid-May through November.


The cabin sits 30' (9 m) back from the lake with minimal beach area.

Special Features

You are in brown bear country. This is 1 of 2 cabins on the lake (the other is the Sportsmen cabin). Distin Lake is part of the Cross Admiralty Canoe route. There are 2 short portage trails on the lake, and a 3-mile (5 km) trail to Thayer Lake begins at the cabin. If you look carefully you will find some of the original CCC trail construction as you hike the trail.

Season Of Use


Managing Agency

Tongass National Forest

What To Bring

Bring your own personal flotation devices, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cooking stove, lantern, pots, pans, plates, utensils, food, toilet paper, garbage bags, fire extinguisher, and fire starter.




Wood Stove

More Info

Water is available from the lake. Treat all water before using.

Getting There

Latitude: 57.62972222
Longitude: -134.3988889
Driving Directions


Distin Lake Cabin