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SITE CONDITION ALERT: Site Condition Alert: During summer 2015, road construction and construction of a new access to Sarkar Lake may impact users. Construction crews will be modifying the lake access and paving the area. There is a gravel road immediately adjacent to the area which will be flagged and available to cabin users needing to park. If you have problems accessing the site or would like the road construction schedule, please contact Thorne Bay Ranger District, (907) 828-3304.


part ofTongass National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Thu Dec 31 2015   Season Dates


Sarkar Lake Cabin offers guests recreation, relaxation and a unique lodging experience on Prince of Wales Island in southeastern Alaska. The remote site offers a scenic setting for fishing, canoeing and wildlife viewing, all within the vicinity of the cabin.

The site can either be accessed by vehicle and a two mile boat trip, or by float plane. Canoeing is a common way to access the cabin. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin sits on the shore of Sarkar Lake near the start of the Sarkar Lake Canoe Route. The shoreline is surrounded by a temperate rainforest of old-growth forest, towering over muskeg openings, lakes and streams.

Wildlife in the area abounds, including a variety of waterfowl, bald eagles, Sitka black-tailed deer and black bears. Learn more about bear safety in the Tongass National Forest.


The Sarkar Lakes Canoe Route offers boaters the opportunity to explore a relatively pristine area of lakes and islands, where salmon streams enter the lake and bears and deer are frequently spotted. The entire route is 16 miles, with 3 miles of portage. Boaters should plan ahead and prepare for changing weather conditions and always wear personal floatation devices when boating.

A developed boat launch and parking area provides easy access to the canoe route, and rental companies will deliver boats and gear upon request. Check with the Chamber of Commerce for details.

Anglers will find Sarkar Lake to be a quiet, scenic spot for a variety of trout and salmon fishing. The Sarkar Rapids burst with sockeye salmon each July, attracting black bears and harbor seals. Bird watchers are also drawn to the Sarkar area because of its wide array of waterfowl.

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


The cabin is a 12 x 12 foot primitive, pre-cut cedar log cabin (pan-abode style) furnished with wooden bunkbeds (without mattresses) that sleep up to six guests. The cabin is equipped with a table, benches, a wood stove for heat and an outside toilet. Other amenities include a cooking counter, an axe, splitting maul, fire extinguisher and a broom. Firewood may be available, but the supply cannot be guaranteed.

The cabin does not have running water or electricity. Guests must bring their own food, water, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cook stove, stove fuel, fire starter, cooking gear/utensils, light source (lantern), toilet paper, first aid kit and garbage bags. Water is available from the lake, but must be filtered, boiled or chemically treated before drinking. Click here for more cabin details.

An aluminum skiff with oars is available for use at the boat launch. Guests may choose to bring a long shaft motor for boat use, and are responsible for bringing and using their own personal floatation devices. Guests should also be cautious when boating, as there numerous rocks in the lake; a good marine chart is recommended.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Axe
  • Boating
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Canoeing
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Table and 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
  • Water is not available at this facility; visitors must bring their own for drinking, cooking, and cleaning. Water from natural sources must be filtered, boiled or chemically treated before drinking
  • Guests must bring their own cooking stove and fuel
  • All garbage and food must be packed out
  • Click here for a map of cabins on Prince of Wales Island
  • The person holding the reservation must be 18, and must be a member of party using the cabin
  • 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 limited; please contact the district office for more information
  • Same day reservations are available for this cabin
  • No discounts for Golden Age and Golden Passports for Alaska cabin rentals
  • 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):
55.95806, -133.20444
55°57'29"N, 133°12'16"W

Sarkar Lake Cabin is accessible either by vehicle and then boating in, or by float plane. The Sarkar Cabin boat launch is located on Forest Road 20 about 40 miles from Craig. From Craig, head north on State Highway 929 to Control Lake Junction. From Control Lake Junction, travel Forest Service Road 20 for 40 miles to Sarkar Lake. The cabin is approximately 2 miles from the parking area by boat.The boat is provided by the Forest Service and uses a long shaft motor, but visitors will have to bring their own.

Note: the 2-mile paddle to Sarkar Cabin winds around several islands in its route. Visitors who have never been to the cabin should make sure to bring a good map of the lake system, as it can be difficult to find the cabin through the maze of islands and similar land forms around lake. Visitors may obtain a detailed map from the visitor center or district office. Refer to USGS map Craig D-4. Click here for information about reaching Forest Service Cabins.

The cabin is also accessible by float plane, 76 air miles from Ketchikan and 53 miles from Thorne Bay. In fall, winter, and early spring, the cabin may be inaccessible as float planes cannot land on the frozen lake surface.

Inclement weather conditions may cause an extension of your trip during any time of the year and winter access can be difficult due to snow and ice conditions. Guests should bring extra supplies to last 2-5 days Please contact the Thorne Bay Ranger District at 907-828-3304 prior to arrival for more detailed information about safety precautions.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

P.O. BOX 19001

Phone Number:

Project Office: (907)828-3304
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