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POLK CAMP, AK

part ofTongass National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: POLK CAMP
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Polk Camp is a three bedroom cabin located in Polk Inlet on Prince of Wales Island in southeastern Alaska. The site offers recreation, relaxation and a unique lodging experience in the Tongass National Forest.

Polk Camp once served as a remote administration camp for the Craig Ranger District and is now a recreation cabin with amenities including a kitchen and running water. The cabin is accessible by vehicle, boat or floatplane.

Although the site is not as remote as others in the area, visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin is nestled in a canopy of young Sitka spruce and western hemlock. There are plenty of places to explore in the Polk Inlet area, including an estuary just south of the cabin, where wildlife is abundant, including sandhill cranes, eagles, wolves, black bears, Sitka black-tailed deer and a variety of migratory birds.

Recreation:

Anglers will find that Dog Salmon Creek, which flows into the inlet, has an excellent run of coho, chum and pink salmon, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout and Dolly Varden. Crabbing, beachcombing and wildlife viewing are popular in the area as well.

Dog Salmon Fish Pass is noted as a popular bear viewing site in August. A system of roads for off-road enthusiasts is also in the vicinity.

Hunters can take advantage of the long hunting seasons in the surrounding national forest. Bear season occurs during spring and fall, while deer season begins in late summer and lasts through late fall.

Polk Inlet also has a rich logging history. Log landings and log transfer facilities can be found on the nearby shoreline, but are not visible from the cabin.

Facilities:

The Polk Camp has a large kitchen with a fully functional propane stove and oven, running water in the sink, and plenty of counter and cupboard space. There are three bedrooms with two moveable beds in each room. A bathroom with flush toilet and hot shower is available from May through November. (Water will be shut off in winter.) There is a large gathering room, a great deck and exquisite views. Polk Camp is a wonderful spot for a family reunion, a wedding or a weekend with your friends.

Nearby Attractions:

Nearby attractions include: Dog Salmon Wildlife Viewing Area; Polk Inlet Road system; Polk Inlet all-terrain vehicle roads (trails); hunting; fishing; crabbing; wildlife viewing.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Showers
  • Beachcombing
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Fireplace
  • Flush Toilets (Seasonal)
  • Hot Water
  • Non-Potable Water
  • Oven
  • Parking Area
  • Showers (Seasonal)
  • Stove
  • Water (Seasonal)
  • Wood Stove
Within 10 Miles
  • Accessible Boat Dock
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat Trailer Parking
  • Boating
  • Dock
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Water Access
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Access to Polk Camp requires a key. You must pick up the key from the Craig Ranger District Office between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. Polk Camp is located approximately 45 miles from the Craig Ranger District office. Call (907) 826-3271 for more information.

  • 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.

  • All garbage and food must be packed out.

  • Check in and check out are at 12 p.m.

  • Use of this cabin by a commercial operator, such as an outfitter or guide, is prohibited.

  • Discharging firearms is prohibited within 150 yards of cabins and across or on any body of water.

  • Learn more about 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):
    55.35667, -132.51833
    55°21'24"N, 132°31'6"W

    Note: Access to Polk Camp requires a key. You must pick up the key from the Craig Ranger District Office between 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.

    Polk Camp is located 15 miles from the Hydaburg Road turnoff, approximately 45 miles from Craig. From Craig take the Craig/Klawock-Hollis Highway toward Hollis. Turn right on the Hydaburg Road (State Route 913) and travel for 8 miles. Turn left onto Forest Road 21 (Polk Inlet and Twelvemile Road). Follow Forest Road 21 for 14 miles, then turn left toward Polk Inlet. The cabin parking area is about 1.5 miles ahead on the left.

    All roads are marked and the cabin is accessed through a locked gate at the end of the road.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    POLK CAMP
    Polk Camp
    Polk Inlet  AK  99921

    Phone Number:

    Project Office: 9078263271
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