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12ft x 12ft Pan-Abode cedar log cabin.


2 single sleeping platforms, 2 double sleeping platforms, Oven-style oil stove (#1 diesel fuel NOT provided), Table and benches, Cooking counter, Shelves, Cupboard space, Broom, 14ft aluminum skiff w/ oars; flotation devices NOT provided. Water available from lake. Treat all water before using.




Prince of Wales Island


28 air miles (45 km) from Craig, 38 miles (61 km) from Ketchikan. 75 yards (69 m) uphill from lake at 1,800 foot (550 m) elevation.


Float plane only. Lake is usually ice-free (suitable for landing a floatplane) late-June through September. Often poor weather can result in extended stays; cabin users should be prepared for this.


Josephine is a cold, clear alpine lake surrounded by 4,000-foot peaks. Terrain is rugged with mixture of stunted trees, alpine vegetation.

Special Features

Hiking, hunting, photography are popular. Easy access to alpine makes this an attractive trip. Wildflowers in July. No fish in Josephine Lake. Abundant Sitka black-tail deer, black bear.

Season Of Use

Late June-September

Managing Agency

Tongass National Forest

What To Bring

Bring your own oil (#1 diesel, uses 0.5 gal/hour at highest setting), personal flotation devices, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cooking stove, lantern, pots, pans, plates, utensils, food, toilet paper, and garbage bags. It's a good idea to bring your own water. Please take your fuel container with you when you leave.




Oil (#1 diesel, NOT supplied)

More Info

Area is famous for its quartz and epidote crystals. Several mining claims are nearby, some active, others idle for some time. For more information, there are several books about historic mining activities on Prince of Wales Island. Please respect the property rights of private landowners. Do not prospect, dig, or collect mineral specimens on the private land near Josephine Lake.

USGS Topo Map

Craig A-2, B-2

Getting There

Latitude: 55.24805556
Longitude: -132.5536111
Driving Directions

Josephine Lake Cabin