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SEVENFATHOM BAY CABIN, AK

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

Overview

Sevenfathom Bay Cabin is located 22 miles southeast of Sitka, Alaska on Baranof Island. This cabin is generally available year-round, weather permitting, and was built in April 1991 by a group of local Sitka volunteers.

This is a remote site. The cabin can be accessed from Sitka via a 1.5-hour boat ride or a 15-minute floatplane ride. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin is located north of West Crawfish Inlet, just outside the South Baranof Wilderness Area on the southwest side of Baranof Island. The cabin is surrounded by nearly flat terrain at the head of Sevenfathom Bay. Brown bear frequent the area.

Recreation:

Many hiking opportunities are available near the cabin, despite a lack of established trails. The South Baranof Wilderness Area can be accessed within five minutes by boat.

Saltwater fishing and deer hunting are popular activities as well. For information about fishing and hunting permits and seasons, visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website.

Facilities:

The 16 by 16-ft wood A-frame cabin can accommodate up to eight people. A large deck extends across the front of the cabin. A sleeping loft accessed by vertical ladder, a wooden double bunk, table and benches, wood heating stove, cooking counter, broom, axe and maul are provided. An outhouse toilet is close to the cabin.

A mooring buoy for boat anchorage is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Cabin reservation does not include exclusive use of buoy. Mooring buoys are configured using a 4200-lb concrete block with 90 feet of 7/8th-inch stud link chain. Mariners are responsible for determining how suitable an anchoring system is for the size of their craft.

The cabin does not include mattresses or cooking utensils. Visitors should bring sleeping bags and pads, a cooking stove, pots, pans, plates, utensils, food, toilet paper, a lantern, garbage bags, a fire extinguisher and fire starter. Rain gear and boots are recommended. Firewood can be scarce.

Water is available from a nearby inlet stream but must be treated before using. It's recommended that visitors bring their own water.

Click here for more cabin information and maps.

Nearby Attractions:

Popular Goddard Hot Springs is about 20 minutes north of the cabin by boat. Soaking tubs are provided on a first-come, first-served basis by the City and Borough of Sitka.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Axe
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cooking Area
  • Outhouse
  • Table & Benches
  • Wood Stove
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
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
  • Cabin is not maintained in winter
  • Treat or boil water before drinking
  • Firewood can be scarce at this site
  • All garbage and food must be packed out
  • For boat or air charters, contact the Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau at 907-747-5940 or online
  • 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):
56.79444, -135.29667
56°47'40"N, 135°17'48"W

Accessible year round, weather permitting. Located 22 miles southeast of Sitka, north of West Crawfish Inlet, just outside the South Baranof Wilderness Area on the southwest side of Baranof Island. From Sitka, boat access takes about 90 minutes and air access takes about 15 minutes. For geographic features surrounding the cabin refer to USGS topographic map Port Alexander D-4.

Please consult local tide tables before departing for the cabin.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

SEVENFATHOM BAY CABIN

TONGASS/SITKA  AK 

Phone Number:

Project Office: (907)747-6671
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