Let's Go
Camping...
[x]
Find Sites





Find your spot

Find other facilities on map

For more information on Forest
Safety click here

 

PLENTY CUTTHROAT CABIN, AK

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

Overview

Plenty Cutthroat Cabin is situated at the west end of Orchard Lake on Revillagigedo Island 35 air miles from Ketchikan. The cabin is available year-round and makes an excellent base for experiencing this corner of Alaska with its recreation options, beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife.

The cabin is remote and accessible only by float plane or boat, depending on conditions. Visitors arriving by boat should expect to anchor in Klu Bay and hike 1 mile to the cabin from the Shrimp Bay trailhead.

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 tucked into a temperate rainforest of old-growth cedar, Sitka spruce and western hemlock with views of the lake and the forested mountain peaks on the other side. Visitors hiking the trail between Shrimp Bay and the cabin can access an overlook to view one of the twin waterfalls spilling out of Orchard Lake.

The area supports populations of Sitka black-tailed deer, black bear, wolf, beaver, marten, mink and otter (bear safety and precautions). A variety of birds may be spotted in and around the lake.

Recreation:

Fishing, hiking and boating are popular options at this cabin. Fishing includes cutthroat trout and kokanee salmon in Orchard Lake. For information about fishing 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 12x12-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 and dustpan. An oil stove is provided for heat. An outhouse is located near the cabin.

Drinking water is not available at the cabin. Visitors must bring their own water supply, but water is also available from the lake and nearby creeks (water safety).

Heating oil is not provided. Visitors should bring a supply of #1 diesel oil in an FAA-approved container or jerry jug.

Other items to bring include 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
  • Creek Access
  • Fishing
  • Heating Stove
  • Hiking
  • Lake Access
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trails
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Bay Access
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 trash, food and gear
  • Use of this cabin by a commercial operator, such as an outfitter or guide, is not allowed
  • 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


  • 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):
55.82722, -131.44972
55°49'38"N, 131°26'59"W

Approximately 35 air miles from Ketchikan at the west end of Orchard Lake. Accessible by float plane or boat. A 1-mile trail from Shrimp Bay provides saltwater access. Mooring buoy for boat is located in Klu Bay. Refer to USGS Ketchikan D-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.

Please consult local tide tables before departing for the cabin.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

PLENTY CUTTHROAT CABIN

KETCHIKAN  AK 

Phone Number:

Project Office: (907)225-2148
Recreation.gov helps you discover and book trips to all of America's public places.
Learn more about us, or about any of our agency partners below:
Bureau of Land Management Federal Highway Administration National Oceanic Atmosphere Administration Smithsonian Institution USDA Forest Service US Army Corps of Engineers US Fish and Wildlife Service National Park Service Bureau of Engraving and Printing Tennessee Valley Authority Bureau of Reclamation National Archives Records Administration

Agency Partners