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CASTLE RIVER CABIN, AK
part ofTongass National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round. Season Dates
OverviewCastle River Cabin is located on Kupreanof Island on the coastal waters of southeastern Alaska. It offers access to a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities, as well as a secluded place to enjoy its beautiful surroundings.
The cabin is accessible only by boat or float plane from Petersburg or Wrangell, and tides impact access. During low tides, a 2-mile hike is necessary to reach the cabin. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.
The cabin is located inside a large tide flat on Kupreanof Island at the mouth of the Castle River on the west side of Duncan Canal. The surrounding terrain is predominantly flat-to-rolling old-growth forest and muskeg.
The Castle River Trail leads a half-mile downstream to the Castle Flats Cabin, and a half-mile upstream to a rowboat and oars. Wildlife can be seen along the trail. Waterfowl, grouse, moose, deer and bear hunting is also available in designated seasons as per state or federal hunting regulations; click here for more information from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
The modified A-frame cabin has an extended roof and an upright wall to form a bump-out. It has two double bunks and a sleeping loft to accommodate a total of seven people. The cabin is also equipped with a table, benches, a wood stove and an outhouse with a pit toilet.
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Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Petersburg, it is 16 miles by float plane or 30 miles by boat. A 16-foot tide is required for direct boat or float plane access to the cabin. At lower tides, there is up to a 2-mile hike across the sometimes muddy tide flat to get to the cabin. Another option for access is to boat or fly to the Castle Flats Cabin (a 15-foot tide is required for float plane, or a 13-foot tide for boat access there) and hike the easy 0.5-mile trek to the cabin.
The Castle River Cabin can be found on USGS topographic map Petersburg C-4. Maps are available online or by calling the Petersburg Ranger District at (907) 772-3871.
Mailing Address:CASTLE RIVER CABIN
PO BOX 1328
PETERSBURG AK 99833
Phone Number:Project Office: (907)772-5908