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KAH SHEETS LAKE CABIN, AK

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

Overview

Kah Sheets Lake Cabin is an accessible, modified A-frame that was built in 1989. It is located on the south end of Kupreanof Island, above Kah Sheets Bay, in southeastern Alaska. It provides access to a secluded location, where fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities are abundant.

The cabin is accessible by float plane or by a boat and hiking trail combination. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin is located at the southeast end of Kah Sheets Lake at an elevation of 156 feet. The surrounding area is a mixture of muskeg and forest. The cabin is situated in an open area along the lake shore, near the outlet.

The area's abundant muskegs support a large variety of berries and wildflowers. Wildlife viewing is quite good, especially for those interested in bears and waterfowl; learn about bear safety.

Recreation:

Kah Sheets is a Tlingit Indian term meaning "by the fisheries," as the area is well-known for fine salmon and trout fishing. Lake and stream fishing is available right outside the cabin's door. Two small rowboats with oars are provided, however, guests must bring their own life jackets. Guests may also choose to bring a small outboard motor. Hunting is also available in season in designated areas.

The Kah Sheets Lake Trail begins behind the cabin and traverses muskeg and forest throughout its 2.75-mile length, ending at Kah Sheets Bay and the cabin. Off the main trail, two spur trails lead to sections of the creek. The upper spur follows a boardwalk, ending at a viewing platform complete with a bench. The entire route, rebuilt in 1995, is an easy walk.

Facilities:

The modified A-frame cabin has two single wooden bunks, as well as a loft to accommodate up to seven people. It is equipped with an oil heater and an outdoor toilet. The cabin, outhouse and boardwalk are accessible to guests in wheelchairs.

Guests will need to bring their own sleeping bags and pads, cook stove and cooking gear, towels, food, clothing and garbage bags, among other necessities. Guests will also need to bring No. 1 heating oil for the clean-burning oil heater. Water for drinking, cooking and cleaning purposes can be filtered or treated from the lake, however, it might be a good idea for guests to bring their own.

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Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Pit Toilets
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Trails
  • Berry Picking
  • Birding
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Dock
  • Fishing
  • Heater
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Lake Access
  • Non-Motorized Boating
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trailheads
  • 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
  • In fall, winter, and early spring, the cabin may be inaccessible due to frozen lake surface (float planes cannot land); please contact the Petersburg Ranger District office for information prior to making reservations for these periods
  • Bring water or be prepared to boil and treat water taken from the lake for consumption
  • Use of this cabin by a commercial operator, such as an outfitter or guide, is not allowed
  • Firewood at the cabin is supplied only for heating the cabin, it is not for outdoor campfires; collect dead and down wood from the forest for your outdoor campfire
  • All garbage and food must be packed out
  • Learn more 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):
56.54806, -133.18722
56°32'53"N, 133°11'14"W

Access by float plane is 22 miles from Petersburg, while access by by boat and hiking trail combination is 24 miles from Petersburg, then a 2.75-mile hike from the bay to the inland lake. A 14-foot tide is required for direct boat access to the trailhead. Please check current conditions prior to your trip. Click here for more information.

Refer to USGS topographic map Petersburg C4. Maps are available online or by calling the Petersburg Ranger District at (907) 772-3871.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

KAH SHEETS LAKE CABIN
PO BOX 1328
PETERSBURG  AK  99833

Phone Number:

Project Office: (907)772-3871
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