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DOUBLE BAY CABIN, AK

part ofChugach National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: DOUBLE BAY CABIN exterior
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Double Bay Cabin offers guests a remote lodging experience in the Chugach National Forest. Situated on the east side of Double Bay on Hinchinbrook Island, the cabin offers guests year-round recreation and relaxation. Fishing, hunting, kayaking and wildlife viewing are available within the area.

Access to the cabin is by float plane (20 minutes from Cordova) or boat (35 miles from Cordova) at high tide. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

Hinchinbrook Island is in the Gulf of Alaska at the entrance to Prince William Sound. The Double Bay cabin is located on a narrow peninsula with Double Bay on one side and Prince William Sound on the other. It sits near a tidal lagoon that transitions to low, rolling hillsides defined by muskeg and a patchy forest of mature spruce and hemlock.

Wildlife in the area abounds, including migratory waterfowl, Sitka black-tailed deer and brown bear (learn more about bear safety). The beaches on the Prince William Sound shoreline offer views of the Sound and the surrounding mountains. Occasionally, humpback and killer whales can be seen spouting offshore.

Recreation:

Anglers will find several creeks flowing into the bay. In mid-July, pink and chum salmon enter the bay to spawn in the creeks, with the coho salmon arriving in mid-August. Halibut can be found in the saltwater near the mouth of the bay and in the Sound. Although these creeks can be accessed from shore, the hike can be difficult at high tide when the creeks are flooded and deep, or at low tide when the mud flats are exposed (local tide tables). It is best to bring a small inflatable boat and motor to get around the bay to the creeks, and to fish the bay at low tide.

Hunters can take advantage of a long hunting season on the island and in the surrounding national forest. Bear season occurs during spring and fall, while deer season begins in late summer and lasts through late fall.

Facilities:

The cabin is a 12-by-14 rustic, pre-cut cedar log cabin equipped with wooden bunks that sleep up to six guests. Other amenities include a table, benches, wood and oil stoves for heat, a rainwater catchment barrel, axe, splitting maul, saw and an outdoor pit toilet.

The cabin does not have running water, electricity, heating oil or cut firewood. Visitors must bring their own water for drinking, cooking and washing, as well as #1 heating oil for the oil stove.

Visitors must bring sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cook stoves, matches, cookware and utensils, food, flashlights or lanterns, firewood, toilet paper, first aid kit and garbage bags. All trash and food must be packed out, and visitors are expected to clean the cabin before leaving.

Nearby Attractions:

Located on the southwest end of Hinchinbrook Island, Cape Hinchinbrook Lighthouse is a fantastic historical site that has proved invaluable at directing vessels to and from Prince William Sound. Though no longer used as a primary navigational aid, the beacon still serves as a reassuring presence along the rugged Alaskan coast.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Axe
  • Bay Access
  • Birding
  • Boating
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Heating Stove
  • Hunting
  • Pit Toilets
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Table & Chairs
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
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 conditions may cause an extension of your trip during any time of the year and winter access can be difficult due to snow and ice conditions; bring extra supplies to last 2-5 days
  • Water is not available at this facility; visitors must bring their own for drinking, cooking and cleaning
  • Before digging for clams, read up on paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) and current regulations for size and quantity limits; cases of PSP from eating razor clams are relatively rare, but they have been reported in Alaska
  • All garbage and food must be packed out
  • Same day reservations are allowed for this cabin
  • Learn more about Chugach National Forest and Prince William Sound
  • 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):
60.46639, -146.43806
60°27'59"N, 146°26'17"W

Access to the cabin is by float plane (20 minutes from Cordova) or boat (35 miles from Cordova) at high tide. Approach to cabin via boat or plane may be difficult at low tide because of the shallow lagoon. Click here for local tide information.

Please contact the Cordova Ranger District at (907) 424-7661 prior to arrival for more detailed information about safety precautions.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

DOUBLE BAY CABIN
612 SECOND STREET
CORDOVA  AK  99574

Phone Number:

Project Office: (907)424-7661
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