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GOULDING LAKE CABIN, AK

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

Overview

Goulding Lake Cabin is located on the northwest shore of Otter Lake on the western edge of Chichagof Island, 60 miles northwest of Sitka, Alaska. The cabin, an A-frame with a sleeping loft, is available from late May through October and makes an excellent base to explore nearby lakes and high alpine meadows.

This is a remote cabin that can be accessed only by floatplane, weather permitting. The flight is 50 minutes from Sitka or Juneau. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The area offers wilderness solitude and beauty. Goulding Lake Cabin is located in a flat, lightly wooded area on the northwest shore of Otter Lake, on the western edge of Chichagof Island within the West Chichagof-Yakobi Wilderness Area.

The surrounding terrain varies from open muskegs to densely forested steep slopes. A topographic map of the area is a must for exploration of nearby lakes and high alpine meadows. Brown bear frequent the area.

Recreation:

Visitors enjoy exploring Otter Lake and Goulding Lake to the east. The two lakes are connected. Using the provided skiff, it takes patience to maneuver between the two lakes. Fishing is possible but slow in the area. Cutthroat trout can be caught below the falls and in the lower lake west of the cabin all year. However the provided skiff cannot access the lakes to the west of the cabin. Dolly Varden fishing is year round, while steelhead and coho are seasonal. Photography opportunities abound.

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

Facilities:

The A-frame cabin measures 16 by 16-ft. and accommodates six people. Its sleeping loft (with no bunks) is reached by climbing a vertical ladder. One double-size plywood bunkbed is located on the lower level. A table with benches, a cooking counter, cupboard, wood stove for heat, axe or splitting maul, a broom, an outdoor screened cooler box and an outhouse toilet are provided.

The cabin does not include mattresses or cooking gear. Visitors 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, rain gear, rubber boots and personal flotation devices (PFDs).

Water is available from a nearby stream and from the lake but must be treated before using. It's recommended that visitors bring their own water.

A small but heavy skiff with oars is provided. A 2-10 HP long-shaft outboard motor enhances use of the skiff but is not provided. Each person in the skiff should wear a Coast Guard approved PFD. Tie the skiff well up on the shore and pull the plug before leaving so the boat does not fill with rain water.

Click here for more cabin information and maps.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Boating
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cooking Area
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Lake Access
  • Outhouse
  • Table & Benches
  • 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
  • Access by floatplane only; this cabin is in a designated Wilderness area, and access by helicopter is illegal
  • Cabin may be inaccessible from November through early May due to frozen lake surface (floatplanes cannot land); please contact the local Forest Service Ranger District office for current information prior to making reservations during these periods
  • Boil or treat water before drinking
  • Firewood may be in short supply at any time of the year, but is generally provided
  • All garbage and food must be packed out
  • For boat or air charters, contact the Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau at 907-747-5940 or online
  • 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):
57.81861, -136.15278
57°49'7"N, 136°9'10"W

Accessible late May through October. Otter Lake, one of four lakes in the Goulding Lakes System, is located about 60 miles northwest of Sitka on the western edge of Chichagof Island. Access is by floatplane only, about a 50-minute flight from Sitka or Juneau. Refer to USGS topographic map Sitka D-7.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

GOULDING LAKE CABIN

TONGASS/SITKA  AK 

Phone Number:

Project Office: (907)747-6671
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