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Attention: There will be a trail construction project near the North Beach Cabin from approximately April 16 to May 9. The cabin is available to rent during this period. Please be aware, visitors traveling to and from the cabin may encounter construction equipment and experience short delays.

NORTH BEACH CABIN, AK

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

Overview

North Beach Cabin is nestled just inside the forest fringe on the north beach of Shelikof Bay on Kruzof Island, 20 miles northwest of Sitka, Alaska. The A-frame cabin is available year-round, weather permitting, and was built in 1993 by volunteers from the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station in Sitka and by local volunteers. The Shelikof Cabin is located on the east shore of Shelikof Bay just south of the Shelikof River, about a mile from this cabin.

This is a remote site. The cabin can be accessed by boat, a 45-minute ride from Sitka to Mud Bay, followed by a 7.5 mile hike or off-highway vehicle ride on old logging roads. The cabin can also be reached by helicopter at lower tides.

Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin has spectacular views of the cresting waves on the outside coast of the Gulf of Alaska. It is surrounded by a hemlock and spruce forest and sits just above a sandy beach. The terrain is relatively flat and easy to explore. Brown bear frequent the area.

Recreation:

Beachcombing, photography, hiking, hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing and riding off-highway vehicles are popular activities at North Beach Cabin. Nearly 40 miles of old logging roads are open to hiking, mountain biking and off-highway vehicle riding. Fishing is fair for Dolly Varden trout, coho and pink salmon found in local streams.

For information about fishing permits and seasons, visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website.

Facilities:

The 16' x 16' wood A-frame cabin can accommodate up to eight people with a double plywood bunk bed and a sleeping loft reached by climbing a vertical ladder. An oil stove for heat, a table with benches, a cooking counter, cupboard, broom and an axe or splitting maul are provided. An outhouse toilet is close to the cabin.

The cabin does not include mattresses, cooking utensils or heating oil. Visitors should bring #1 diesel fuel (generally 10 gallons for a three-day stay, more of less depending on the time of year), sleeping bags and pads, a cooking stove, pots, pans, plates, utensils, food, toilet paper, a lantern, garbage bags, a fire extinguisher and fire starter. Rain gear and boots are recommended.

Water is available from a creek at a crossing about 1/3-mile from the cabin, but must be treated before using. It's recommended that visitors bring their own water.

Click here for more cabin information and maps.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Beach Access
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cooking Area
  • Heating Stove
  • Outhouse
  • Table & Benches
Within 10 Miles
  • Beachcombing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation
  • 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
  • Due to the dynamic nature of the shoreline at North Beach a 10 foot drop off has developed approximately 150 feet in front of the cabin; use caution when accessing the beach
  • Cabin not maintained during the winter
  • Boil or treat water before drinking
  • All garbage and food must be packed out
  • Firewood is not provided for outdoor campfires, but dead and down wood may be gathered
  • Off-highway vehicle riding is restricted to designated roads and trails as shown on the Sitka Motor Vehicle Use Map, available on the Tongass National Forest Website; request a hard copy via email at r10_sitka_rd@fs.fed.us
  • First-time users of this cabin should contact the Sitka Ranger District office at 907-747-6671 for crucial, detailed information on accessing the cabin by trail
  • For boat or air charters, contact the Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau at 907-747-5940 or www.Sitka.org
  • Learn more about the Tongass National Forest

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
57.17156, -135.75497
57°10'18"N, 135°45'18"W

Accessible year round, weather permitting. Located 20 air miles northwest of Sitka, on the western shore of Kruzof Island. Access by boat, 45 minutes from Sitka to Mud Bay on the east side of Kruzof Island, then 7.5 mile hike or off-highway vehicle ride on old logging roads to a “T” in road at Iris Meadows. Turn right about 1/8 mile (.2 km), then turn left on road that crosses meadows. After crossing Iris Creek, continue along the road about 1 mile (1.6 km) to off-highway vehicle trail which turns left and continues about 1/4 mile (.4 km) to the cabin.

For geographic features surrounding the cabin, refer to USGS topographic maps Sitka A-5 and A-6.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

NORTH BEACH CABIN

TONGASS/SITKA AK

Phone Number:

Project Office:(907)747-6671
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