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HELM BAY CABIN, AK

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

Overview

Helm Bay Cabin is located on the west shore of Helm Bay behind Forss Island. This rustic retreat is open year-round for relaxation and recreational use in Alaska's beautiful Inside Passage.

The site can be accessed by float plane, boat or kayak, depending on conditions. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin sits at sea level, near a large saltwater tide flat, surrounded by an old-growth rainforest of Sitka spruce and western hemlock. A beach is revealed in front of the cabin at low tide. Guests have views of Helm Bay and the gentle, forested slopes that surround the area.

The area is home to black and brown bears, Sitka black-tailed deer and mountain goats (bear safety information). Seals, whales and other marine mammals may be seen in Helm Bay.

Recreation:

Helm Bay is especially known for excellent crabbing, as well as saltwater fishing for salmon, halibut and red snapper. Tide tables should be consulted before taking a boat out on the bay to fish. Sea kayaking is also possible.

Facilities:

This 16-by-20, three-room cabin (pan-abode style) has four single bunks and two double bunks, to sleep up to eight people. It is also equipped with a table and benches, wood stove, firewood, axe and splitting maul, broom and an outhouse. A covered deck extends from the front of the cabin.

A floating dock is located nearby, which is maintained by the state and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Water and electricity are not provided. Water is available from an adjacent creek, 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.

Other items to pack include sleeping bags, sleeping pads, lanterns or flashlights, cookware, plates, utensils, food, toilet paper, garbage bags, a fire extinguisher and matches, among other necessities. Guests are expected to pack out trash and clean the cabin before leaving (click here for more cabin details).

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bay Access
  • Beach
  • Birding
  • Boating
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Crabbing
  • 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
  • Tides affect access to the cabin
  • Water is not available at the cabin; guests must bring their own water supply
  • Please pack out all trash and food
  • Please do not confuse this cabin with Helm Creek Cabin,located on the other side of the bay
  • Use of this cabin by a commercial operator, such as an outfitter or guide, is not allowed
  • High levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) have been reported in this area
  • 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):
55.62733, -131.97596
55°37'38"N, 131°58'33"W

The cabin is approximately 24 miles from Ketchikan or 12 miles from the Clover Pass area, located on west end of Helm Bay. It is accessible by float plane, kayak or boat with a state-maintained floating dock near cabin. Refer to USGS topographic map for Ketchikan, C-6, and consult local tide tables.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

HELM BAY CABIN

KETCHIKAN  AK 

Phone Number:

Project Office: (907)225-2148
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