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BLIND PASS CABIN, AK

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

Overview

Blind Pass Cabin sits on the northwest shore of Hassler Island, on Blind Pass. This secluded retreat is open year-round and makes an ideal base camp for exploring the various bays and inlets in the northern Behm Canal area.

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

Natural Features:

The cabin is tucked into a sheltered cove, surrounded by old-growth forest. Low tides reveal a long beach in front of the cabin, and there is an adjacent stream. Guests have views of Blind Pass and densely forested Black Island, which makes up the opposite shore.

Wildlife in the area include Sitka black-tailed deer, black bears and wolves (bear safety information). A variety of waterfowl and marine mammals may be seen in Blind Pass.

Recreation:

The area is noted for king salmon runs into the Unuk River, with other salmon species, halibut, red snapper, Dungeness crab and shrimp also in abundance. A freshwater lake with trout is located about a half-mile upstream from the cabin. There is no trail to the lake.

Sea kayaking is a popular mode of transportation, and many kayakers use this cabin as a base for exploring Bell Island, Gedney Pass and Bell Arm. It is also possible to kayak to Bailey Bay and hike to the Lake Shelokum Hot Springs. Guests must supply their own equipment and should consult local tide tables before departing.

Hunting is also possible in designated seasons with a permit.

Facilities:

This 12-by-4 cabin (pan-abode style) has two single bunks and two double bunks, to sleep up to six people. It is also equipped with a table and benches, broom, oil heater and an outhouse. A mooring float is available, but it is not for the exclusive use of cabin guests.

Water, heating oil and electricity are not provided. Guests must bring No.1 diesel oil or kerosene (five gallons will last about a week). Water is available from a nearby creek, but guests should be sure to treat any water taken from a natural source prior to drinking or cooking with it (water safety tips). It is recommended that guests bring their own water supply.

Other items to pack include sleeping bags, sleeping pads, lanterns or flashlights, cookware, plates, utensils, food, toilet paper, garbage bags, a fire extinguisher and matches, among other necessities. Guests are expected to pack out trash and clean the cabin before leaving (click here for more cabin details).

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Beach
  • Birding
  • Boating
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Crabbing
  • Creek Access
  • Fishing
  • Heater
  • Hunting
  • Pit Toilets
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Table & Chairs
  • 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
  • Please pack out all trash and food
  • Please collect beach/driftwood for campfires
  • 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 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):
55.8925, -131.64917
55°53'33"N, 131°38'57"W

The cabin is located approximately 40 air miles north of Ketchikan on the northwest shore of Hassler Island, across from Black Island. Accessible by float plane or by boat. Mooring buoy in front of cabin is first-come, first-serve. Refer to USGS topographic map, Ketchikan D-5, and check local tide tables to determine best times for arrival and departure.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

BLIND PASS CABIN

KETCHIKAN/TONGASS  AK 

Phone Number:

Project Office: (907)225-2148
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