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This is a small hunter-style cabin.


2 single wooden bunks, 2 double wooden bunks, Wood stove, Table and benches, Cooking counter, Broom, Axe and maul, Wood, Outhouse, Skiff with oars.




North side of Distin Lake


The cabin is about 50 miles (80 km) south of Juneau in the central part of the island on the north 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. By canoe and portage, it is about 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 under a canopy of trees 200' (61 m) back from the beach.

Special Features

You are in brown bear country. This is 1 of 2 cabins on the lake (the other is the Distin Shelter 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 from the other cabin. If you look carefully you will find some of the original CCC trail construction on the Thayer Lake and Davidson portages. Use at the cabin is low. A small boat at the nearby Guerin Lake shelter provides an opportunity to explore another lake.

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.





More Info

Water is available from the lake. Treat all water before using. Skiff will take an outboard motor smaller than 10 horsepower.

USGS Topo Map

Sitka C-1, C-2

Getting There

Latitude: 57.63611111
Longitude: -134.3808333
Driving Directions


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