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SITUK LAKE CABIN, AK

part ofTONGASS NF - FS, US Forest Service
Photo: SITUK LAKE CABIN
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Situk Lake Cabin is located 14 miles northeast of Yakutat. It is situated on the southeast shore of Situk Lake, within the Russell Fiord Wilderness. The cabin is open for year-round enjoyment, offering opportunities for recreation and wildlife watching.

The site can be accessed by floatplane or by hiking either of two access trails. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin sits on relatively flat terrain surrounded by a forest of old-growth Sitka spruce. On a clear day, Mount St. Elias can be seen from the lake. A shallow beach sits in front of the cabin, and a small stream is to the left.

The Situk Lake Trail, one of the access trails, winds 3 miles through old-growth forest and muskeg and offers views of the Brabazon Mountains as hikers make their way to the cabin.

Local wildlife includes brown and black bears, moose, bald eagles and trumpeter swans. Situk Lake attracts nesting waterfowl.

Recreation:

The lake offers outstanding fishing for king, sockeye, coho and pink salmon, as well as steelhead, rainbow trout and Dolly Varden. Visitors can use the cabin's skiff with oars, but must provide their own flotation devices.

The Mountain Lake Trail starts from the cabin for a round-trip hike of 4 miles. The trail features numerous mountain streams and lakes, old-growth Sitka spruce forest and access to the Brabazon Mountains and Mountain Lake.

Hunting is allowed in this area in designated seasons with a permit.

Facilities:

This 16x12-ft. pan-abode style cabin sleeps four people with four single bunks. The cabin also has a table and benches, broom, axe, picnic table and outhouse. A multi-fuel stove is provided for heat that burns either oil or wood. Firewood is provided.

Water, heating oil and electricity are not provided. Water can be taken from Situk Lake, but it should be treated before using. Visitors must supply #1 diesel oil or kerosene for the heater, and an empty 5-gallon fuel tank is provided.

Other items to bring include sleeping bags, sleeping pads, food, a cooking stove, cookware, plates, utensils, lanterns or flashlights, toilet paper, garbage bags, a fire extinguisher and fire starter. Visitors are expected to pack out trash and clean the cabin before leaving. Click here for more cabin details.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Axe
  • Beach
  • Birding
  • Boating
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Heating Stove
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Lake Access
  • Picnic Area
  • Pit Toilets
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trailheads
  • Trails
  • 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
  • Water is not available at the cabin; visitors must bring their own water supply
  • Please pack out all trash and food
  • Click here for more information 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):
59.63, -139.39583
59°37'48"N, 139°23'45"W

The cabin is located 14 miles northeast of Yakutat on the southeast shore of Situk Lake. Access is by trail or floatplane. There may be no charter floatplanes available in Yakutat. In fall, winter and early spring, the cabin may be inaccessible due to frozen lake surface (floatplanes cannot land). Please contact the Yakutat Ranger District for information at (907) 784-3359 prior to making reservations during these periods.

An unmaintained 6-mile trail begins near Nine Mile Bridge on Forest Highway 10. The Situk Lake Trail starts at the end of East Gate Road and is 3 miles to the cabin. Both trails can be very wet, but the Situk Lake Trail is planked.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

SITUK LAKE CABIN

YAKUTAT  AK  99689

Phone Number:

Project Office: (907)784-3359
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