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Attention: Goose Bay Cabin is closed due to damage from the 2011 - 2012 winter heavy snow loading. Once funding is secured repairs will be completed and the cabin will be reopened for public use. To avoid cancellations the cabin will not be available for reservation until work is completed.

GOOSE BAY CABIN, AK

part ofChugach National Forest, US Forest Service
Front side of Goose Bay Cabin
Status: Closed through Thu Nov 27 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Goose Bay Cabin is open year-round for recreation, relaxation and sightseeing on Prince William Sound. This is a prime spot for winter recreationists, but a variety of activities are offered throughout the year for backcountry enthusiasts.

This remote site can be accessed by a 45-minute float plane trip from Anchorage or a boat ride from Whittier, depending on conditions. In mid-November, the bay freezes over, making transportation to the cabin a challenge. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

Goose Bay is at the head of a narrow waterway on the east side of Culross Passage. The cabin is tucked into a small lagoon on the east side of Goose Bay on the western shore of Culross Island. Fragile muskeg, tall grasses and evergreen trees surround the cabin. Views from the front porch reveal a small waterfall and the gentle, evergreen-forested slopes across the bay.

Visitors to the area may see bald eagles soaring overhead or catch a glimpse of a brown bear (learn about bear safety). Lucky guests may spot Orcas or Dall's porpoises frolicking in the waters of Prince William Sound on the approach to Goose Bay.

Recreation:

The area around Goose Bay offers year-round recreational opportunities. Hiking and kayaking are popular summer pastimes.

The terrain on Culross Island attracts telemark and cross-country skiers in winter and early spring, as well as snowshoers. A ski or snowshoe adventure to the high point on Culross Island offers spectacular views of Prince William Sound and the jagged, glaciated peaks of the Chugach Range.

The cabin makes a good base for fishing and shrimping expeditions in Culross Passage. Deer hunting is good here in the fall.

Facilities:

The 12x14 foot cabin sleeps 6 and comes equipped with wooden bunks, a table, benches, a propane stove for heat and an outside pit toilet.

The facility does meet accessibility standards, but the ramp leading to the cabin from the water is only wheelchair-accessible during high tide. At low tide, guests may have to walk through some mud to get to the ramp from the water. Propane may be available onsite during the summer season only (June-August).

No electricity or water is available. Guests need to bring their own supply of drinking water, as well as propane between October and mid-May. The propane stove has the same hookup as a standard gas barbecue grill.

Items such as a cook stove, lanterns or flashlights, bedding, sleeping pads, cooking gear, garbage bags and toilet paper and not provided. All trash must be packed out, and guests are expected to clean the cabin before departure.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Pit Toilets
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Walkways
  • Bay Access
  • Birding
  • Boating
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Propane Heat
  • Snowshoeing
  • 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
  • Water is not available at the cabin; guests must bring their own water supply
  • Campfires at this site should be contained to the tidal area to prevent damage to the fragile muskeg soil
  • Please pack out all trash and food
  • 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):
60.71464, -148.224
60°42'53"N, 148°13'26"W

Boat access: Goose Bay is approximately 25 miles southeast of Whittier in Prince William Sound. From Whittier Harbor, head east out of Passage Canal and across Port Wells. Head south into Culross Passage. Goose Bay is at the head of a narrow passage on the east side of Culross Passage directly across from Long Bay. The cabin is located near a small waterfall on the east side of the bay.

Parts of Goose Bay can be more challenging to navigate in low tide, especially the area in front of the cabin, which may get too shallow. High slack tide is ideal for boating. Be sure to check local tide reports prior to your arrival.

Access via floatplane is approximately 45 minutes from Anchorage.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

GOOSE BAY CABIN
145 Forest Station Road
GIRDWOOD  AK  99587

Phone Number:

Project Office: (907)783-3242
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