The only state public use cabin on the Ketchikan-area road system, this very popular 12 x 16 cabin in a campground north of town often overlooks the antics of humpback whales in Clover Passage and features one of the region’s few accessible sandy beaches. Hiking trails, salmon viewing, sports fishing, excellent kayaking and wildlife viewing all contribute to the cabin’s reputation as a remarkable base for recreation in a serene coastal rain forest setting. Book early for summer dates.


The cabin features sleeping benches with sleeping loft, a table with benches and a kerosene heater. With covered porch, fire ring and a picnic table outside. A water pump and toilets are nearby. The 275-acre Settler’s Cove State Recreation Site features 13 campsites, a beach access trail, hiking and picnic shelters.


6 people (pets welcome)




In the coastal rain forest along Clover Passage on the northwest coast of Revillagigedo Island, where the Tongass Highway ends.


A quiet coastal rainforest enclave, at the base of steep mountsin, with a sandy beach and great ocean access.

Season of Use


Managing Agency

Alaska State Parks

What to Bring

Visitors must supply kerosene for the heater—one gallon recommended for summer, two gallons for winter. Bring firewood if you want a campfire, and remember that cook stove, cooking gear, flashlights or lanterns, bedding, sleeping pads and trash bags are not provided. Guests are expected to leave the cabin clean, swept out, and pack out trash before leaving. Don’t assume there will be sufficient toilet paper or working batteries in the smoke detector.





Getting There

Settler's Cove State Recreation Area
Mile 18 North Tongass Hwy
Ketchikan, AK 99901

From Ketchikan, drive north on Tongass Avenue to Settlers Cove State Recreation Site at Mile 18 of the North Tongass Highway. Settler’s Bay Cabin is in Site #10. During winter, the campground road may be blocked by snow, requiring a short walk.

Driving Directions


Settler’s Cove Cabin