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Description

12ft x 14ft Pan-Abode log cabin with covered porch.

Facilities

2 single plywood bunks, 2 double plywood bunks, Table and benches, Wood stove, Cooking counter, shelves, cupboard space, Broom, Outhouse toilet, Oil (#1 diesel fuel, not provided), 14ft aluminum skiff with oars - flotation devices NOT provided, Fire extinguisher provided. Water available from lake or creek. Treat all water before using.

Capacity

6

Area

Northern Prince of Wales Island

Location

East side of Sweetwater Lake, NE Prince of Wales Island, 10 road miles (16 km) from Coffman Cove, 63 air miles (101 km) from Ketchikan.

Access

Float plane or auto via Forest Road 3030 with 200-foot hike and 1/2-mile skiff ride to cabin

Terrain

Generally flat to rolling with old-growth spruce, hemlock, cedar. Cabin sits on edge of lake with large gravelly beach.

Special Features

Good fishing for rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, Dolly Varden as well as coho, sockeye, and pink salmon. Migratory waterfowl in fall. Sitka black-tailed deer, black bear, marten, mink, otter, beaver common. Seals often seen in lake.

Season Of Use

Year-round. Cabin may be inaccessible by float plane due to frozen lake surface (planes cannot land) in fall, winter, and early spring.

Managing Agency

Tongass National Forest

What To Bring

Bring your own stove fuel (#1 diesel, uses 0.2 gal/hour at highest setting), Personal flotation devices, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cooking stove, lantern, pots, pans, plates, utensils, food, toilet paper, garbage bags and fire starter. It's a good idea to bring your own water. Please take your fuel container with you when you leave.

Rowboat

Yes

Stove

Oil (#1 diesel fuel, not provided)

More Info

NOTICE: Rock used in the construction of the nearby Coffman Cove Road has been found to contain sulfides that cause low pH (acidic) and elevated metals concentrations in the water. One of the metals that is leached from the rock is iron, which is causing the water in the streams to become red-orange. Small pieces of iron compounds can be seen suspended in the water. Laboratory analysis of the water samples taken have not shown any threats to human health, but the analysis was not done in a comprehensive manner normally performed for drinking water. The Forest Service suggests that you not use the water from these streams for drinking water. The Forest Service in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, the Federal Highway Administration and others are working to address the problems cause by the rock and low pH and metals in the water. NOTICE: Forest Road 3030 is closed for road improvements March - November 2008. Floatplane access only during this time. Road closure period subject to change - contact Thorne Bay Ranger District for updated information (907) 828-3304. Please pull boat out of water and tie up after using. Occasionally poor weather can result in extended stays; cabin users should be prepared for this.

USGS Topo Map

Craig D-3

Rental Fee

$35/night May-Sept; $25/night Oct-Apr

Getting There

Coordinates
Latitude: 55.95222222
Longitude: -132.9386111

Photos

Sweetwater Lake Cabin