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BERNERS BAY CABIN, AK

part ofTongass National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: BERNERS BAY CABIN
Status: Open through Wed Dec 31 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Berners Bay Cabin is situated near the mouth of the Antler River on scenic Berners Bay, an area that is popular with locals and tourists alike. The cabin has a peak season from late April through late September, but it is open year-round for relaxation, sightseeing and recreation.

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 amenities.

Natural Features:

Four rivers drain into Berners Bay, including the Antler and Berners Rivers. The cabin offers excellent views of both the Antler and Berners River deltas, as well as Lions Head Mountain.

Natural features in this area include old-growth hemlock and Sitka spruce forest, the snow-capped Chilkat Mountains, saltwater estuaries, freshwater marshes, meadows and cottonwood floodplains.

Each spring, the spawning of herring and euchalon (hooligan) in Berners Bay attracts huge populations of bald eagles, brown and black bears, harbor seals, humpback whales and endangered Steller sea lions (bear safety information). Moose, wolves, deer, mountain goats and a variety of waterfowl also make their home here.

Recreation:

Berners Bay offers opportunities for saltwater fishing and crabbing, sea kayaking and wildlife watching. Kayakers and boaters should check tide charts prior to any excursion, since parts of the bay may be too shallow during low tide. Click here for more information.

Berry pickers can harvest the abundant blueberries that grow around the cabin in the summer. Mountain goat and bear hunting is possible in designated seasons with the proper permit.

Facilities:

This 13-by-14 cabin is pan-abode style and sleeps five people with three single bunks and one double bunk. It also has a table with benches, oil stove for heat (#1 stove oil), bucket and shovel, broom and dustpan, cooler box and an outhouse.

A mooring float is provided for cabin guests only. A campfire ring is located outside. A sand beach is available in front of the cabin at low and medium tides, which is ideal for kayak launching and float plane drop-off.

Water and electricity are not provided. Water is available from a nearby stream, but visitors should be sure to treat water before drinking or cooking with it (water safety tips). It is recommended that visitors bring their own water supply.

Heating oil is not supplied by the Forest Service. In addition to bringing a supply of #1 stove oil (a gallon per day on low setting), visitors 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. Visitors are expected to pack out trash and clean the cabin before leaving (click here for more cabin details).

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bay Access
  • Beach Access
  • Berry Picking
  • Birding
  • Boating
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bucket & Shovel
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Campfire Rings
  • Crabbing
  • Fishing
  • Heater
  • Hunting
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Table & Chairs
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
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
  • 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
  • Use of this cabin by a commercial operator, such as an outfitter or guide, is not allowed
  • Be sure to secure small watercraft above high tide line; dinghy or 450-foot shore tie rope advised for anchoring to buoy
  • Buoy anchor awash at 0 foot low tides; tilt up sterndrive or outboard
  • Please collect dead/down wood only for campfires
  • High levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) have been reported in this area
  • Click here for more information about Tongass National Forest

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
58.76944, -134.93194
58°46'10"N, 134°55'55"W

Located 37 miles northwest of Juneau, the cabin is on shore of Berners Bay, 8 miles north from boat launch at Echo Cove at mile 40 Glacier Highway.

Access is by boat, kayak and float plane only. Consult tide charts, as some parts of the bay become extremely shallow at low tide. Click here for more information. A sand beach is available at low-medium tides for float plane drop-off.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

BERNERS BAY CABIN
8510 Mendenhall Loop Road
JUNEAU AK 99801

Phone Number:

Project Office:(907)586-8800
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