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BARNES LAKE CABIN, AK

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

Overview

Barnes Lake Cabin allows for a true outdoor adventure on Prince of Wales Island in southeastern Alaska. Situated on the western shore of Barnes Lake, the cabin offers year-round relaxation and recreation. Boating, kayaking, crabbing, fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing are just steps away.

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

Natural Features:

The cabin sits on the shore of Barnes Lake, a tidal saltwater lagoon fed by the Gulf of Alaska. At low tide, a 50- to 100-foot tidal flat emerges in front of the cabin.

The shoreline is surrounded by a thick temperate rainforest of old-growth spruce and hemlock trees, shrubs, ferns and grasses. The area is home to abundant wildlife, including migratory waterfowl, Sitka black-tailed deer and black bears (learn more about bear safety).

Recreation:

The location is prime for anglers, as summer runs for coho (silver) and pink (humpy) salmon occur in the coastal waters. The nearby ocean also offers a chance for crabbing throughout the warmer months.

Hunters can take advantage of a long hunting season in the surrounding national forest. Bear season occurs during spring and fall, while deer season begins in late summer and lasts through late fall.

Visitors might also enjoy a day of scenic boating through Gold and Galligan Lagoon to Sweetwater Lake. Navigation of the lagoon should only occur during high, slack tide. Boaters are welcome to use the 14-foot aluminum skiff with oars, available at the cabin. Flotation devices and long shaft motor are not provided.

Facilities:

The 12-by-12 cabin is a primitive, pre-cut cedar log structure (pan-abode style) equipped with wooden bunks that sleep four to six people. It has a table, benches, a wood stove for heat and an outside vault toilet. Other amenities include a cooking bench, shelves, cupboard space, a broom, and an axe, maul and splitting wedges for cutting firewood.

The cabin does not have mattresses or cooking utensils and users must bring their own water for drinking, cooking and cleaning purposes. There is no freshwater source near the cabin.

Guests must bring their own sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cook stoves, matches, cooking gear, food, lanterns and flashlights, toilet paper and garbage bags. Wood may be available, but the supply cannot be guaranteed. Guests are asked to be conservative wood and use their cook stoves for cooking.

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Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Axe
  • Boating
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cooking Area
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Lake Access
  • Non-Motorized Boating
  • Table & Chairs
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Within 10 Miles
  • Crabbing
  • Fishing
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; 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
  • If the lake surface is frozen, the cabin may be inaccessible to float planes; contact the Thorne Bay Ranger District office at 907-828-3304 for information prior to arrival during fall, winter or early spring
  • There is no source of fresh water near the cabin; visitors must bring their own
  • Use of this cabin by a commercial operator, such as an outfitter or guide, is not allowed
  • High levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) have been recorded in this area
  • All garbage and food must be packed out
  • Learn more about Tongass National Forest and Prince of Wales Island
  • 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):
56.01083, -132.97444
56°0'39"N, 132°58'28"W

Barnes Lake Cabin is only accessible by motorboat, plane or kayak. The cabin is located on the west shore of Barnes Lake, 70 air miles from Ketchikan and 38 air miles from the city of Craig, on Prince of Wales Island. Refer to U.S. Geological Survey topographic map Petersburg A3. Maps are available online or by calling the Thorne Bay Ranger District at (907) 828-3304.

Float plane or boat access can only occur at certain stages of the tide. Use extreme care boating through Indian Creek Rapids and Lake Bay Creek, as these areas can be extremely dangerous and should not be attempted except at high slack tide — about 1.5 hours after high tide (local tide tables).

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

BARNES LAKE CABIN

KETCHIKAN/THORNE BAY  AK 

Phone Number:

Project Office: (907)828-3304
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