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BRENTS BEACH CABIN, AK

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

Overview

Brent's Beach Cabin is located on the eastern shore of Kruzof Island in Crab Bay in the Tongass National Forest, 15 miles northwest of Sitka, Alaska. The cabin is open year-round and makes an excellent base to experience this beautiful corner of Alaska. Fred's Creek Cabin is 5 miles south.

The original A-frame cabin located at this site was donated by a former Forest Service district ranger in memory of his teenage son, Brent, who along with two friends, drowned in Sitka Sound while halibut fishing in the early 1970s. In 1985, the current cabin replaced the well-worn A-frame.

This is a remote location. The cabin can be accessed only by boat or helicopter, weather permitting. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring many of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin sits just inside timberline on a beautiful, sandy white beach facing Crab Bay and is surrounded by a dense forest of spruce and hemlock. Brown bears frequent the area.

Recreation:

Visitors enjoy beachcombing, sunbathing and sculpting on the white sands in front of the cabin, saltwater fishing in the bay and hunting deer in-season in the surrounding forest.

Volcanic features are a 10-minute hike north of the cabin. Be sure to bring a compass.

For information about fishing and hunting permits and seasons, visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website.

Facilities:

The one-room, Pan-abode-style cabin sleeps six and is furnished with two double plywood bunks and two single plywood bunks (no mattresses). The cabin includes a wood stove, axe or splitting mail, a table and benches, cooking counter, a broom and an outhouse toilet.

Guests should bring sleeping bags and pads, a cooking stove, pots, pans, plates, utensils, food, toilet paper, a lantern, garbage bags, a fire extinguisher, fire starter, raingear and rubber boots.

Water is available from the nearby inlet stream. Treat all water before using. It is recommended that visitors bring their own water.

A mooring buoy is provided on a first-come, first-served basis for boat anchorage. It can be used by cabin visitors or general forest users. Cabin reservation does not include exclusive use of the buoy. Mooring buoys are configured using a 4200-lb concrete block with 90 feet of 7/8th-inch stud link chain. Mariners are responsible for determining how suitable an anchoring system is for the size of their craft.

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Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Axe
  • Beach Access
  • Beachcombing
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Clam Digging
  • Cooking Area
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Outhouse
  • Table & Benches
  • Wood Stove
Within 10 Miles
  • Hunting
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
  • Cabin is not maintained in winter
  • Local wave action on the beach may make landing dangerous or impossible; non-boaters or out-of-town visitors are encouraged to use the service of an experienced local boat operator
  • Treat or boil water before drinking
  • Firewood may be in short supply or temporarily out at any time of year
  • Pack out all food and garbage
  • For boat or air charters, contact the Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau at 907-747-5940 or online
  • Learn more about the Tongass National Forest

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
57.13829, -135.56614
57°8'18"N, 135°33'58"W

Accessible year round, weather permitting. Located 15 miles west of Sitka on the southeast shore of Kruzof Island. Access is 30 minutes by boat from Sitka. Helicopter landing on the beach is possible at lower tides. Refer to USGS topographic maps Sitka A-5, A-6.

Boat access can only occur at certain stages of the tide. Please check current conditions prior to your trip. Click here for more information.

Erratic and abnormally large waves have been reported on Kruzof Island at low slack tide. Avoid approaching the beach by boat and unloading while the tide is turning. Non-boaters or out-of-town visitors are encouraged to use a local charter boat operator.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

BRENTS BEACH CABIN

TONGASS/SITKA AK

Phone Number:

Project Office:(907)747-6671
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