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GREENTOP CABIN, AK

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

Overview

Greentop Cabin is located on the southwest tip of Yakobi Island within the West Chichagof-Yakobi Wilderness Area. The cabin was built in the 1940s by a fisherman. It is available year-round and makes an excellent base for experiencing this corner of Alaska with its many recreational options.

The cabin is remote. It is located approximately 41 miles west of Hoonah and 67 miles northwest of Sitka. It is accessible only by boat or float plane. The flight is 1 hour from Sitka or Juneau and the boat ride is 1 hour from Pelican.

This is a primitive cabin with no electricity, indoor plumbing or cell phone coverage. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin sits on relatively flat terrain near the rugged, rocky coastline of Yakobi Island. It is protected from the Pacific Ocean by Greentop Harbor. The surrounding area offers abundant seashore life and the beautiful scenery of West Chichagof-Yakobi Wilderness Area.

Deer and brown bear frequent the area, and sea otters are sometimes seen (bear safety and precautions).

Recreation:

There are excellent opportunities for sea kayaking and boating in the numerous coves and protected bays. However, there are rocks in the area, so boating and kayaking excursions should be planned for high tide. Consult local tide tables.

Fishing for king salmon is also a popular pastime. For information about fishing permits and seasons, visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website.

Facilities:

The 2-story log cabin accommodates 6 people and contains 1 double and 3 single bunks, a table and benches, a cooking area, a broom and dust pan. A wood stove is provided for heat. Firewood is stocked in a wood shed. An outhouse is located close to the cabin.

Drinking water is not available at the cabin, but water can be collected from a small stream nearby (water safety). It is recommended that visitors bring a supply of drinking water.

Visitors should bring sleeping bags, sleeping pads, a cook stove and cooking gear, lantern or flashlight, food, toilet paper, garbage bags, a fire extinguisher and fire starter. Rain gear and boots are recommended. Visitors are expected to pack out their trash and food and clean the cabin before leaving (additional cabin details).

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bay Access
  • Beach
  • Birding
  • Boating
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cooking Area
  • Creek Access
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Table & Chairs
  • Vault Toilets
  • 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
  • Drinking water is not available at this cabin
  • Outside waters around Yakobi Island are unprotected and can be very dangerous
  • Do not leave food or trash behind when vacating this cabin
  • Pack out all gear
  • The person holding the reservation must be 18, and must be a member of the party using the cabin
  • There are no discounts for Golden Age or Golden Passports for Alaska cabin rentals
  • This cabin is available for commercial outfitting and guiding as permitted by the District
  • This cabin is in a designated Wilderness area, and access by helicopter is illegal
  • Learn more about the Tongass 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):
57.87361, -136.44972
57°52'25"N, 136°26'59"W

Located on the southwest tip of Yakobi Island, across Lisianski Strait from Chichagof Island. Cabin is in the northeast corner of Greentop Harbor.

Access by float plane 1 hour flight time (one way) from Sitka or Juneau, 35 minute flight time from Hoonah. Access by boat 1 hour from Pelican. There is safe anchorage for boats, but use charts to enter the harbor and take it slow; there are rocks. Float planes can land easily. Please consult local tide tables before departing for the cabin.

This cabin is in a designated Wilderness area, and access by helicopter is illegal.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

GREENTOP CABIN

TONGASS/HOONAH  AK 

Phone Number:

Project Office: (907)945-3631
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