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PATCHING LAKE CABIN, AK

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

Overview

Patching Lake Cabin sits on the north end of Patching Lake near the inlet of the Naha River 20 miles from Ketchikan, Alaska. The cabin is open year-round and makes an excellent base for experiencing this corner of Alaska with its recreation options and abundant wildlife.

The cabin is remote and accessible only by float plane, 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 sits at the lake's edge, backed by a rainforest of old-growth cedar, Sitka spruce and western hemlock. This is a beautiful location where the Naha River flows from Chamberlain Lake into Patching Lake. Visitors can stand on the front deck and gaze out over the lake and the surrounding forest and mountains or explore the area from the gravel bar in front of the cabin.

Wildlife includes Sitka black-tail deer, black bear, beaver and wolf (bear safety and precautions). Geese and trumpeter swans are often seen on the lake.

Recreation:

Boating, fishing and hunting are popular activities at this cabin. Resident cutthroat trout are available in Patching and Chamberlain Lakes, but there is no access trail to Chamberlain Lake from the cabin. For information about fishing and hunting permits and seasons, visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website.

A 14-foot aluminum skiff with oars is provided for rowing around the lake, but visitors must provide their own life jackets. The skiff can use a short shaft motor, which is not provided.

Facilities:

The 12x14-ft. (pan-abode style) log cabin accommodates 6 people with 2 single and 2 double bunks. Other amenities include a table and benches, a cooking counter, food storage, broom, axe and splitting maul. A wood stove is provided for heat, and firewood is stocked in the woodshed. An outhouse is located close to the cabin.

Drinking water is not available at the cabin. Visitors must bring their own water supply, but water is also available from a nearby creek (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 (additional cabin details).

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Birding
  • Boating
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cooking Area
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Lake Access
  • 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
  • No drinking water is available at this cabin
  • Pack out all gear, food and trash
  • Use of this cabin by a commercial operator, such as an outfitter or guide, is not allowed
  • Same day reservations allowed for this cabin
  • There are no discounts for Golden Age/Access Passports for Alaska cabin rentals
  • 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
  • Learn more about the 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):
55.61833, -131.48333
55°37'6"N, 131°29'0"W

Approximately 20 miles north of Ketchikan, Alaska, on the north end of Patching Lake near the inlet of the Naha River. Access is by float plane only. Refer to USGS Ketchikan C-5.

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.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

PATCHING LAKE CABIN

KETCHIKAN  AK 

Phone Number:

Project Office: (907)225-2148
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