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part ofChugach National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


Coghill Lake Cabin offers opportunities for year-round rest and recreation on College Fiord in Prince William Sound. The cabin is nestled on a lagoon on the southwest shore of beautiful Coghill Lake, which is known for its excellent salmon fishing.

This remote site can be accessed by float plane, which is typically a 50-minute flight from Anchorage or an hour from Cordova. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

Coghill Lake Cabin is surrounded by rolling hills on the edge of a stand of conifer trees next to a shallow lagoon, which is connected to the lake by a passage. The cabin offers a view of most of the lagoon, with the Chugach Mountains and glaciers in the background.

A large variety of wildlife lives in the area, including Sitka black-tailed deer, bald eagles, waterfowl and river otter. The Coghill Lake area is particularly known for its black bear population, so visitors are urged to practice bear safety. (learn about bear safety).


Salmon fishing is excellent from the lakeshore and the lagoon. Anglers can fish for sockeye from mid-June through July, pink and chum in July and August, and coho salmon in August and September. Dolly Varden trout fishing is also good from May through October. The Coghill River, which connects the lagoon to College Fiord, is also a popular spot for sockeye fishing.

For access to other fishing areas on the lake, bring an inflatable boat and life jackets. Hunting for bear and waterfowl is available during designated seasons.

Berry pickers will find plentiful salmonberries and blueberries near the cabin in season. Hikers have access to a challenging 3-mile trail to Port Wells, but the brush is often thick.


The cabin is a 16x16-foot, A-frame with a main floor and a sleeping loft. It accommodates up to 6 guests and comes equipped with wooden bunks, a kerosene heating stove, a table, benches and an outhouse with a pit toilet.

No water, electricity or fuel for the heater is provided. Guests are responsible for bringing their own drinking water, kerosene for heater (1 gallon will last 4-6 hours), a cook stove, flashlights or lanterns, bedding, mattresses, toilet paper, garbage bags, cookware, dishes and utensils.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Berry Picking
  • Birding
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Heating Stove
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Lake Access
  • Pit Toilets
  • River Access
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trails
  • 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
  • Inclement weather may cause an unexpected extension of the trip; bring extra supplies to last 2-5 days
  • In fall, winter and spring, the cabin may be inaccessible due to frozen lake surface (float planes cannot land); please contact the local Forest Service Ranger District at (907) 783-3242 to check conditions ahead of time
  • Water is not available at the cabin
  • Please pack out all trash and food
  • It is advisable to pack insect repellent in the summer
  • Please be aware of the risks of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) before harvesting any shellfish
  • Click here for more information about Chugach 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):
61.08222, -147.86111
61°4'56"N, 147°51'40"W

The cabin is located on the southwest shore of Coghill Lake, on the lagoon just before Coghill River, on the east side of College Fiord in Prince William Sound.

Accessible via float plane (50 minutes from Anchorage or 60 minutes from Cordova). The lagoon has enough water to taxi a plane near the boardwalk by the cabin.

The cabin can also be accessed by trail (3 miles) from saltwater to cabin. Coghill River is difficult to cross on foot and also difficult to run by boat.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:


Phone Number:

Project Office: (907)783-3242
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