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HELM CREEK CABIN, AK

part ofTongass National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: HELM CREEK CABIN
Status: Open through Wed Dec 31 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Helm Creek Cabin is located on the east shore of Helm Bay near the mouth of Helm Creek. This rustic retreat is open year-round, offering opportunities for relaxation, sightseeing and recreation.

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 faces northwest, with a good view toward the head of Helm Bay and the surrounding mountains. It is adjacent to a large saltwater tidal flat at the outlet of Helm Creek. A moderately steep sloping beach is located in front of cabin.

This 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. Trout and Dolly Varden fishing is possible in nearby Helm Lake, but there is no trail to the lake.

Local tide tables should be consulted before taking a boat out on the bay. Sea kayaking is also possible.

Facilities:

This 12-by-14 cabin (pan-abode style) has two single and two double bunks, to sleep up to six 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 mooring float is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Water and electricity are not provided. Water is available from a nearby 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
  • 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 or treat water taken from natural sources
  • Please pack out all trash and food
  • Please conserve firewood; supplied firewood is for wood stove use only
  • Collect beach/driftwood for campfires
  • Please do not confuse this cabin with Helm Bay Cabin, which is 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

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
55.65091, -131.9796
55°39'3"N, 131°58'47"W

The cabin is located on the east shore of Helm Bay near the mouth of Helm Creek. It is about 24 miles from Ketchikan, west of the Clover Pass area. The cabin is accessible by float plane, kayak or boat, and a buoy is located directly in front of the cabin. Please consult Local tide tables in advance.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

HELM CREEK CABIN

KETCHIKAN AK

Phone Number:

Project Office:(907)225-2148
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