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part ofChugach National Forest, US Forest Service
Pigot Bay Cabin
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


Pigot Bay Cabin is tucked away in a secluded and picturesque area of Prince William Sound. It is open year-round, offering an ideal base for exploration, recreation and relaxation.

The site can be accessed by float plane or boat, depending on conditions. The cabin is reached via a staircase from the beach. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

Pigot Bay Cabin is located on 12 foot tall bluff overlooking Pigot Bay. The bay is mostly steep-sided, but has a wide outwash valley at its head. The cabin sits at the edge of a dense evergreen forest, offering views over the bay to the mountains and glaciers beyond.

Black bears, bald eagles and waterfowl (mainly geese at the head of the bay) are common visitors to the area (learn about bear safety). Mountain goats are sometimes seen on the surrounding cliffs. Prince William Sound supports such species as Dall's and harbor porpoises, harbor seals, sea otters and sea lions. A lucky few may even spot a pod of Orcas.


The topography is very rugged, which limits hiking in the area. Visitors can bring kayaks to explore the bay and along the coast of Port Wells, but should consult the local tide reports in advance for their safety.

Fishing is fair for pink salmon in late July and early August in freshwater streams and the saltwater of the bay. Saltwater fishing is possible for halibut and red snapper (rockfish) near Pigot Bay and the western shore of Esther Island.

Pigot Bay also offers some good shrimping spots. Digging for butter clams is possible on the few gravel beaches at the head of the bay. Hunting for deer and bear is allowed in designated seasons with the proper permits. Blueberries and raspberries are also available for picking in season.


The 16 x 16 foot A-frame cabin has a main floor and a loft. It sleeps 6 and comes equipped with wooden bunks, a table with benches, a propane stove for heat, fire extinguisher and a broom. Propane may be available onsite during the summer season only (June-August).

The outhouse contains a pit toilet. The gravel area in front of the cabin has a small campfire ring.

Water and electricity are not available. Visitors must bring their own supply of drinking water, especially since natural sources may be difficult to access. Any water from natural sources should be treated before drinking.

Visitors arriving in winter need to bring a supply of propane. The propane hookup at the cabin is the same as a standard gas barbecue grill. Items such as a cook stove, cooking gear, flashlights or lanterns, bedding, sleeping pads, trash bags and toilet paper are not provided. Guests are expected to pack out trash and clean the cabin before leaving.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bay Access
  • Berry Picking
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Campfire Rings
  • Clam Digging
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Pit Toilets
  • Propane Heat
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Table & Chairs
  • 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
  • Water is not available at the cabin; guests must bring their own water supply
  • Please pack out all trash and food
  • Please be aware of the risks of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) before harvesting any shellfish
  • Click here for more information about Chugach 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):
60.84306, -148.39583
60°50'35"N, 148°23'45"W

The cabin is located on the southwest shore near the head of Pigot Bay, northeast of Whittier. Access by a float plane is a 40 minute trip from Anchorage or a 60 minute trip from Cordova. By boat, it is a 18 mile trek from Whittier. Check local tide reports to determine the most ideal arrival and departure times.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

145 Forest Station Road

Phone Number:

Project Office: (907)783-3242
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