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GUT ISLAND 1 CABIN, AK

part ofTongass National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: GUT ISLAND 1 CABIN
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Gut Island 1 Cabin was built in 1982 and is the newest of two cabins on-site, which are a few hundred feet apart and connected by a trail. They are available year-round for recreation and relaxation in Alaska's beautiful Inside Passage and provide an excellent base camp for further exploration of the surrounding area..

The site can be accessed by a shallow draft boat or a float plane, depending on conditions. Boats need a tide of at least 15 feet and float planes require at least 17 feet in order to access the cabin. A short walk is required from the anchorage point to the cabin. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabins are located in the Stikine-LeConte Wilderness, tucked into spruce and hemlock trees on a low rock outcropping between the Stikine River tide flats and the forest. The surrounding terrain is relatively flat with grass and shrubs growing on the tide flats. Wildflowers are prominent in May and June.

Brown and black bear, moose, waterfowl, shorebirds, eagles, hawks and owls can be seen in this area (bear safety information). The Stikine River tide flats are a major stopover spot during spring and fall bird migrations.

Recreation:

The waters around the cabin are ideal for exploring by kayak or canoe during high tide. The Forest Service does not provide boats, and guests must also bring their own flotation devices. Tide tables should be consulted before any boating excursion in the area, as certain water levels are required to reach the cabin.

Facilities:

This 14-by-16 cabin (hunter-style) can sleep up to six people. It has two single bunks, two double bunks, a table and benches, broom, an oil stove for heat (No. 1 oil only) and an outhouse toilet. A half-loft provides additional storage space.

A small deck wraps around two sides of the cabin, and a wooden cooler box for food storage is located outside.

Water and electricity are not provided. Water is available from a catchment, but guests should be sure to treat water before drinking or cooking with it (water safety tips). It is recommended that guests bring their own water supply.

Heating oil is not supplied by the Forest Service. In addition to bringing a supply of No. 1 stove oil, guests should pack sleeping bags, sleeping pads, a cooking stove, lanterns or flashlights, cookware, plates, utensils, food, toilet paper, garbage bags, a fire extinguisher and fire starter. Guests are expected to pack out trash and clean the cabin before leaving (click here for more cabin details).

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Birding
  • Boating
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Canoeing
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Heater
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Outhouse
  • River Access
  • Table & Chairs
  • 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 or treat water from natural sources
  • Please pack out all trash and food
  • Use of this cabin by a commercial operator, such as an outfitter or guide, is not allowed
  • This cabin is in a designated Wilderness area; access by helicopter is illegal
  • Click here for more information about 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):
56.61178, -132.49257
56°36'42"N, 132°29'33"W

The Gut Island Cabins are located on Gut Island, adjacent to the western tip of Farm Island, on the Stikine River delta in the Stikine-LeConte Wilderness. The cabin is 12 miles by float plane or shallow draft boat from Wrangell, or 7 miles from the boat ramp on the south end of Mitkof Island.

Tides affect access to this cabin. Boat access generally requires a tide of 15 feet, while planes require a tide of 17 feet or higher. It is a short walk to the cabin from the anchorage point. Please consult local tide tables before arrival and departure.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

GUT ISLAND 1 CABIN
P.O. BOX 51
WRANGELL  AK  99929-0051

Phone Number:

Project Office: (907)874-2323
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