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SHELTER BAY CABIN, AK

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

Overview

Shelter Bay Cabin is situated on the southwest shore of Shelter Bay on Hinchinbrook Island in the Chugach National Forest. Visitors will find many opportunities for recreation and relaxation in the vicinity, including fishing, hunting, beachcombing and wildlife viewing.

Access to the cabin is by floatplane at high tide, wheel plane at low tide or boat. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

Hinchinbrook Island is in the Gulf of Alaska at the entrance to Prince William Sound. The cabin is located on a tidal bay, surrounded by low, forested hills of spruce, hemlock and muskeg openings.

Wildlife in the area abounds, including waterfowl, Sitka black-tail deer and brown bear. The beaches on the Prince William Sound offer views of the Sound and the surrounding mountains. Occasionally, humpback and orca whales can be seen spouting offshore.

Recreation:

The outlet channel of Shelter Bay is a popular coho salmon fishing site in August and September. Pink and chum salmon start to appear in the outlet in early July. The inlet creek at the far end of the bay is also a good spot to catch pink and chum salmon and Dolly Varden from July to August. Visitors who prefer to stay around the outlet creek can try fly fishing for sea-run cutthroat trout.

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

Facilities:

The 20x20-ft rustic cabin can sleep six people on wooden bunkbeds without mattresses. The cabin is equipped with a table, benches, a wood and oil stove for heat and an outhouse.

The cabin has no running water, electricity or cut firewood. Visitors must bring #1 oil, kerosene or wood for the stove, as well as water, food, sleeping bags, pads, cook stoves and cooking gear.

Nearby Attractions:

Cape Hinchinbrook Lighthouse is located on the southwest end of Hinchinbrook Island. It is a fantastic historical site that has proved invaluable directing vessels to and from Prince William Sound. Though no longer used as a primary navigational aid, the beacon still serves as a reassuring presence along the rugged Alaskan coast.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Axe
  • Bay Access
  • Beachcombing
  • Boating
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • River Access
  • Table
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Within 10 Miles
  • Historic Sites
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
  • In fall, winter and early spring, the cabin may be inaccessible to floatplanes due to a frozen lake surface; please contact the local Forest Service Ranger District office for information prior to making reservations during these periods
  • Water is not available at the cabin; visitors must bring their own water for drinking, cooking and cleaning, or treat all water from natural sources
  • All garbage and food must be packed out
  • Same day reservations are allowed for this cabin
  • From August 1 - 31, only one reservation per person is permitted
  • Learn more about Chugach National Forest and Prince William Sound
  • 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):
60.426, -146.66353
60°25'34"N, 146°39'49"W

The cabin is located on the southwest shore of Shelter Bay on Hinchinbrook Island. Access is by floatplane at high tide (20 minutes from Cordova) or wheeled plane at low tide (landing strip located 350 yards north of the cabin). Access by boat is 50 miles from Cordova. Boaters should inquire about local conditions before entering the bay.

Tides affect all access to the cabin. Please consult local tide tables.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

SHELTER BAY CABIN
PO BOX 280
CORDOVA  AK  99574

Phone Number:

Project Office: (907)424-7661
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