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SHIPLEY BAY CABIN, AK

part ofTongass National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: View from Shipley Bay Cabin
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Shipley Bay Cabin offers visitors recreation, relaxation and a unique lodging experience on Kosciusko Island in southeastern Alaska. The remote site offers a scenic setting for fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing, all within the vicinity of the cabin.

The site can either be accessed by float plane or boat at high tide. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin sits on a low bluff between Shipley Creek and Shipley Bay on Koscicusko Island. The front of the cabin faces out to a large rocky beach, and a grassy tidal flat extends from its back where Shipley Creek meets the ocean.

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

Recreation:

The cabin is an excellent location for anglers, as the stream and lake support cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, dolly varden, steelhead and three species of salmon.

Hikers may want to head out from the cabin on a rugged 0.8 mile natural-tread trail connecting Shipley Creek to Shipley Lake. Continuing to Devilfish Bay is an option as well, however good maps and orienteering skills are essential as there is no designated trail.

The snow-capped Mount Francis rises 2,592 feet in elevation and can be seen in the distance from the cabin on a clear day.

Facilities:

The cabin is a 12 x 14 foot primitive, pre-cut cedar log cabin (pan-abode style) furnished with wooden bunkbeds (without mattresses) that sleep 4-6 guests.

The cabin is equipped with a table, benches, an oil stove for heat and an outdoor toilet. Other amenities include a cooking counter, fire extinguisher and a broom.

The cabin does not have running water or electricity. Guests must bring their own food, water, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cook stove/fuel, #1 stove oil, fire starter, cooking gear/utensils, light source (lantern), toilet paper, first aid kit and garbage bags. Water is available from the nearby stream, but must be filtered, boiled or chemically treated before drinking.

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Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bay Access
  • Boating
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cooking Area
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Table and Chairs
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
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
  • Guests must bring their own cooking stove and fuel
  • Guests must bring #1 stove oil
  • 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 reservation 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):
56.09222, -133.50194
56°5'32"N, 133°30'7"W

Shipley Bay Cabin is accessible by float plane or one hour boat ride from El Capitan dock. Fog, high winds, and low tides can make landing at the cabin difficult. Click here for Sitka tide table information.

A mooring buoy in the bay is available on first-come, first-served basis. Mooring of more than one vessel is allowed if the first party there agrees. Refer to USGS map Petersburg A-5. Click here for information about reaching Forest Service Cabins.

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:

SHIPLEY BAY CABIN

KETCHIKAN/THORNE BAY  AK 

Phone Number:

Project Office: (907)828-3304
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