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SITKOH LAKE (WEST) CABIN, AK

part ofTongass National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: SITKOH LAKE (WEST) CABIN
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Sitkoh Lake West Cabin is nestled at the northwest shore of Sitkoh Lake on southeastern Chichagof Island, 35 miles northeast of Sitka, Alaska. Sitkoh Lake offers two public recreation cabins. The other cabin, Sitkoh Lake East Cabin, is near the east end of the lake.

This is a remote site. The cabin can be accessed when the lake is ice-free, generally April through October, via a 30-minute flight from Sitka. The cabin can also be reached by boat to False Island in Peril Strait, followed by a hike or OHV ride on the False Island road system, which passes within 1/4-mile of this cabin.

Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin lies near the edge of the lake and is surrounded by towering old-growth spruce and hemlock, with muskeg and open meadows to the east. Seasonal salmonberries and blueberries are abundant. The lake's inlet creek is nearby.

Sitkoh Lake is surrounded by forested mountains rising to near 2,500 feet. The lake sits at an elevation of 194 feet and is 2.5 miles long and a half-mile wide. Brown bear frequent the area.

Recreation:

Sitkoh Lake West Cabin offers fishing, hiking, hunting, off-highway vehicle riding, and berry picking opportunities. The lake supports cutthroat trout and Dolly Varden. The outlet stream at the east end of the lake, Sitkoh Creek, has runs of steelhead in the spring, pink and sockeye salmon from July to August and coho salmon from August to September.

Although it is in poor condition, hikers can explore a 4.3-mile trail along Sitkoh Creek to Sitkoh Bay. The trail begins at the Sitkoh Lake East Cabin. Past logging has left a system of isolated roads, one of which passes within 1/4-mile of the cabin.

Deer hunting is a popular activity in the surrounding area. Waterfowl hunting is allowed on Sitkoh Bay. Past logging has left a system of isolated roads, one of which passes within 1/4-mile of the cabin and is available for hiking and off-highway vehicle riding.

Facilities:

The 12 by 14-ft wood Pan abode-style cabin can accommodate up to six people with two double bunks and two single bunks. Amenities include a wood stove for heat, a table with benches, cooking counter, cupboard, broom, axe or splitting maul and an outdoor screened cooler box. An outhouse toilet is located close to the cabin.

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, fire starter, rain gear, boots and personal flotation devices (PDFs).

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

A small but heavy square-bowed skiff (rowboat) is provided. A long-shaft 2-10 horsepower outboard motor enhances use of the skiff but is not provided. Each person in the skiff should wear a Coast Guard approved PFD. Be sure plug is in before launching boat. Tie skiff well up on shore and pull plug before leaving so boat does not fill with rain water.

Click here for more cabin information and maps.

Nearby Attractions:

An abandoned logging camp lies about 6 miles east of the cabin at False Island, with a road system available for exploring surrounding area.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Axe
  • Boating
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cooking Area
  • Fishing
  • Lake Access
  • Outhouse
  • Table & Benches
  • Wood Stove
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation
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
  • Off-highway vehicle riding is restricted to designated roads and trails as shown on the Sitka Motor Vehicle Use Map, available on the Tongass National Forest Website; request a hard copy via email at r10_sitka_rd@fs.fed.us
  • Cabin may be inaccessible from November through mid-April due to frozen lake surface (floatplanes cannot land); please contact the local Forest Service Ranger District office for current information prior to making reservations during this period
  • The cabin is not maintained in winter
  • Firewood can be scarce
  • Boil or treat water before drinking
  • All garbage and food must packed out
  • For boat or air charters, contact the Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau at 907-747-5940 or visit Sitka.org.
  • 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):
57.50651, -135.09184
57°30'23"N, 135°5'31"W

Accessible generally mid-April through October. Located 35 air miles northeast of Sitka, on the southeast side of Chichagof Island, about 30 minutes by floatplane.

Access is also possible by boat to Peril Strait, then hiking about 3 miles on logging road system. This mode of access is recommended only for those who know the area well.

For geographic features surrounding the cabin, refer to USGS topographic maps Sitka C-4, B-4, and C-3.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

SITKOH LAKE (WEST) CABIN

TONGASS/SITKA  AK 

Phone Number:

Project Office: (907)747-6671
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