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ANAN BAY CABIN, AK

part ofTongass National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: ANAN BAY CABIN
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Anan Bay Cabin was originally built in 1964 but a new cabin was constructed in the spring of 2012 using Alaska Yellow Cedar from the Tongass National Forest. The cabin is typically open from May through December, offering relaxation and recreation in Alaska's beautiful Inside Passage. The cabin is popular with bear watchers and is ideally located near a wildlife observatory, where bears and bald eagles come to fish for salmon in the adjacent creek.

The site can be accessed by float plane or boat, depending on conditions. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin sits on a gentle slope leading down to the beach, overlooking Anan Bay. The surrounding rainforest is primarily Sitka spruce and western hemlock with some scattered cedar. The slopes around the cabin are gentle to moderate. The nearby lagoon is an intertidal area that often goes dry during low tide.

The area provides excellent opportunities to view black and brown bears, harbor seals, bald eagles and various gulls (bear safety information). The high number of salmon in nearby Anan Creek allows visitors the opportunity to view their seasonal spawning in the months of July and August.

Recreation:

The 1-mile Anan Creek Trail leads from the cabin to the Anan Wildlife Observatory. During peak viewing season, the months of July and August, Forest Service interpreters are on-site to provide current information on bear safety, trail conditions and bear activity. There is a high possibility of encountering bears on this trail during this time.

Fishing is only permitted from the shore at the trailhead between June 15th and September 15th, due to bear activity. Steelhead is available in April and May, and cutthroat trout, Dolly Varden and pink salmon in July and August.

Facilities:

This 15x17-ft two-story cabin sleeps seven people with two single bunks (one with trundle) and a second floor loft. The cabin also has a table with benches, oil stove (#1 oil only), broom, mooring float and outhouse toilet.

Water and electricity are not provided. Water may be available from a seasonal creek behind the cabin, but guests should be sure to treat water before drinking or cooking with it. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own supply of water.

Heating oil is not supplied by the Forest Service. In addition to bringing a supply of #1 stove oil, guests should pack sleeping bags, sleeping pads, a cooking stove, lanterns or flashlights, cookware, plates, utensils, food, toilet paper, garbage bags, a fire extinguisher and fire starter. Guests are expected to pack out trash and clean the cabin before leaving.

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Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bay Access
  • Birding
  • Boating
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Heater
  • Hiking
  • Outhouse
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trailheads
  • Trails
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Educational Programs
  • Visitor Center
Know Before You Go
  • This facility is located in an extremely remote and wild area; before making a reservation, become aware of bear, water, and weather safety (including cold)
  • Recreating in Alaska can present both obvious and hidden dangers; please be aware of your surroundings and be prepared for extended stays due to occasionally poor weather
  • There is no cell phone service at the cabin
  • Water is not available at the cabin; guests must bring their own water supply or treat water from natural sources
  • Please pack out all trash and food
  • During peak bear-viewing season (July 5 to August 25), day-use permits are needed to visit nearby Anan Wildlife Observatory; cabin reservation holds 4 permits, which must be purchased ($10 per day/person) in addition to the cabin fee if guests choose to go to observatory
  • Use of this cabin by a commercial operator, such as an outfitter or guide, is not allowed
  • No camping outside the Anan Bay Cabin from June 15 - September 15
  • High levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) have been reported in this area
  • Click here for more information about Tongass National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by purchasing firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
56.18667, -131.88639
56°11'12"N, 131°53'11"W

This cabin is on the mainland at Anan Bay, across Ernest Sound from the southeast corner of Wrangell Island. The site is 27 miles by air from Wrangell, and is accessible by boat and float plane.

There is a 25-foot mooring float anchored in the bay for cabin users only. Please consult local tide reports to determine the best arrival and departure times.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

ANAN BAY CABIN

TONGASS/WRANGELL  AK 

Phone Number:

Project Office: (907)874-2323
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