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MANZANITA LAKE CABIN, AK

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

Overview

Manzanita Lake Cabin is located on the scenic northwest arm of Manzanita Lake approximately 28 miles northeast of Ketchikan on Revillagigedo Island. The cabin offers recreational and wildlife viewing opportunities and makes an excellent base for experiencing this corner of Alaska.

The cabin is remote and accessible only by float plane or canoe, depending on conditions. This primitive cabin has 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 is located about 100 yards from the lake shore beside a spectacular series of cascading waterfalls. Visitors can also enjoy views of steep granite walls and snow-capped peaks. The cabin is surrounded by large old-growth spruce, hemlock and cedar.

The Misty Fiords Monument Wilderness supports a diverse variety of wildlife. Mountain goats, bears, deer, moose and bald eagles make their home here (bear safety). Many species of birds may be seen in or around the lake, and visitors may catch a glimpse of beavers in the area.

Recreation:

A 14-foot aluminum skiff with oars is provided for rowing around the lake, but visitors must provide their own life jackets. Visitors can row over and explore the nearby stream inlet delta.

The lake offers excellent fishing for cutthroat trout, Dolly Varden and kokanee salmon. Sitka black-tailed deer and black bear hunting is possible with a permit.

Facilities:

The 12x14-ft. (pan-abode style) cabin can accommodate 6 people with 2 single bunks and 2 double bunks. Other amenities include a table with benches, a cooking counter, food storage, broom and an oil stove for heat. An outhouse is located nearby.

Drinking water and heating oil are not provided. Visitors must bring their own supply of drinking water and #1 diesel oil or kerosene (approximately 5 gallons per week). Water is also available from a nearby stream or the lake (water safety).

Visitors should also bring sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cooking gear, lanterns or flashlights, 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, gear and food and clean the cabin before leaving (more cabin details).

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Birding
  • Boating
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Canoeing
  • Cooking Area
  • Creek Access
  • Fishing
  • Heating Stove
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Lake Access
  • Table & Chairs
  • Vault Toilets
  • 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
  • Drinking water is not available at this cabin
  • Please pack out all food and trash and clean the cabin before leaving
  • Use of this cabin by a commercial operator, such as an outfitter or guide, is not allowed
  • Manzanita Lake Trail was severely damaged in a 2010 storm; please contact the Ketchikan - Misty Fiords Ranger District for current trail conditions at (907) 225-2148
  • This cabin is in a designated Wilderness area, and access by helicopter is illegal
  • Same day reservations allowed for this cabin
  • The person holding the reservation for this cabin must be at least 18 years of age and must be a member of the party using the cabin
  • There are no discounts for Golden Age/Access Passports for Alaska cabin rentals
  • Learn more about the Tongass National Forest

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
55.58833, -131.09861
55°35'18"N, 131°5'55"W

The cabin is located approximately 28 miles northeast of Ketchikan on Revillagigedo Island on the northwest arm of Manzanita Lake and is accessible by float plane or canoe. In fall, winter, and early spring, the cabin may be inaccessible due to frozen lake surface (float planes cannot land). Please contact the Ketchikan-Misty Fiords Ranger District at (907) 225-2148 for information prior to making reservations during these periods. Refer to USGS Ketchikan C-4.

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

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

MANZANITA LAKE CABIN

KETCHIKAN/MISTY AK

Phone Number:

Project Office:(907)225-2148
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