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ATTENTION: Reservations for the period October 1, 2015 through March 31, 2016 will be available about mid-September 2015.


part ofTongass National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Thu Mar 31 2016   Season Dates


Starrigavan Creek Cabin is a drive-up, high-use, seasonally accessible log cabin within the Starrigavan Recreation Area. The cabin was constructed in 2008 from young spruce harvested around Starrigavan Creek to improve wildlife and fish habitat. The cabin is an experiment in the longevity of young spruce logs for construction purposes, making it the first young-growth cabin and also the first cabin within a recreation area on the Tongass National Forest.

Access to Sitka is only by ferry or airplane. The cabin is a two-minute drive from the Alaska Marine Highway Sitka Ferry Terminal or a 7-mile drive from downtown Sitka or the airport. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring some of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin is situated next to Starrigavan Creek and is surrounded by a temperate rainforest of hemlock and spruce trees with salmonberry bushes, low shrubs and mosses covering the forest floor. The cabin occupies an old campsite and is located within the major camping loop of Starrigavan Recreation Area.

Starrigavan Recreation Area houses a diverse range of forest, estuary and marine habitats. Depending on the season, visitors may view brown bear, bufflehead, spawning coho and pink salmon, common merganser, eagles, great blue heron, kingfisher, river otter or Sitka black-tailed deer. Brown bear frequent the area.


Starrigavan offers saltwater and freshwater fishing opportunities. Visitors also enjoy kayaking, photography, hiking and birding. Hiking options include the Estuary Life Trail, Forest and Muskeg Trail, Mosquito Cove Trail and numerous intertwining paths and roadways within the recreation area.

For information about fishing permits and seasons, visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website.


The popular cabin is equipped with beds for six adults, but can accommodate a maximum of eight people if younger children are involved. Cabin is available solely for overnight camping. See restrictions on maximum number of persons below. The main level of the cabin has one single bunk over an accessible bunk, a table with benches, a wood stove for heat, a cooking counter, a broom and dustpan. A stairway leads to the upstairs sleeping loft, which offers two double-size bunks, a table, two chairs and a lamp table. The cabin does not have electricity or indoor plumbing.

A bench overlooks Starrigavan Creek. A picnic table and a combination campfire ring/grill with log benches are provided outside. A vault toilet is located 200 feet from the cabin; artesian well water is 300 feet from the cabin. Parking space is provided for up to four standard vehicles.

Visitors must bring sleeping bags and pads, garbage bags, matches, fire starter, a tablecloth to protect cedar tabletop, a cooking stove, pots, pans, food and coolers, eating and cooking utensils, lanterns and flashlights (candles are discouraged).

This is a locked cabin that requires visitors to pre-arrange access. Access gates to the cabin close and lock daily when there is no snow. When there is snow, access is by walking in 1/4-mile over snow.

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Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Beach Access
  • Beachcombing
  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Clam Digging
  • Cooking Area
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Parking Area
  • Photography
  • Table & Benches
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Know Before You Go
  • Cabin is locked; requires pre-arranging access no less than four days prior to arrival by contacting Sitka Ranger District at 907-747-6671 or via email at r10_sitka_rd@fs.fed.us
  • Earliest check-in time is 2 p.m.; latest departure time is noon.
  • Check-in on arrival with the host in the Starrigavan Host Cabin (last left hand turn before end of highway).
  • Photo ID required at check-in; cabin key is only given to the person listed on the reservation; when pre-arranging check-in, let the Sitka Ranger District office know if a different person will be checking in for the key.
  • Eight people is the maximum number allowed at cabin/cabin site at one time. Person count includes visitors not camping overnight. Keep this in mind if planning parties where number of visitors is unknown or exceeds eight. Contact Sitka Ranger District as listed above for a possible alternative.
  • Adjacent campsites not available for use by those with cabin reservations.
  • Tents, RVs, buses, trailers, motor homes, pickup campers, travel trailers and commercial vehicles are not allowed at this site.
  • Firewood not included with cabin reservation; bring your own firewood (maximum length 15 inches) for heating stove or request firewood when prearranging access with cabin manager.
  • Starrigavan has an active brown bear population; be prepared to keep all food and drinks in the cabin unless actively eating outside at the fire ring, or store in vehicle at night
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times on the cabin site and within Starrigavan Recreation Area, cannot be left alone within the cabin and cannot be tied up outside the cabin; dogs are not allowed at the cabin site July through early October when bears are very active and feeding on spawning salmon in the creek in front of the cabin
  • Vehicles must be parked within the designated cabin parking spur. Parking is not permitted along the roadway or in adjacent campsites.
  • May 1 - September 30: drive up cabin access and site meets accessibility standards; access gates are locked daily by 9 p.m.; shorter daylight hours in September have gates closing and locking by 6 p.m.; gates reopen by 9 a.m.
  • October 1 through April 30: Vehicle access to cabin not guaranteed; access gate only open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. if no snow or ice is on the access road; when snow or ice is present, those reserving this cabin must hike in a 1/4-mile over snow or ice using a sled or similar sized non-motorized carrier to pack in necessary equipment and wood; winter parking for vehicles is available off highway adjacent to the host cabin.
  • Walk-in use without a reservation is possible; if a “w” shows for the desired date you wish, contact the Starrigavan host directly on site or contact Sitka Ranger District for walk-up instructions.
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Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
57.12972, -135.36278
57°7'47"N, 135°21'46"W

Located 7 miles northeast of Sitka at the end of Halibut Point Road, about 3/4 mile from the local Alaska Marine Highway ferry terminal. There are no roads to Sitka.
Access is via the Alaska Marine Highway or Alaska Airlines. Upon exiting the Ferry Terminal parking lot, turn left. Drive 3/4 mile on the state highway, also known as Halibut Point Road, or walk the same distance on the separate pedestrian walkway. The Estuary Loop, where this cabin is located (in Campsite 6), is accessed from the last right turn before the end of the state highway.

From the airport, go across the Japonski Bridge through downtown Sitka to the intersection of Sawmill Creek Road and Halibut Point Road, which is a roundabout. Turn onto Halibut Point Road and travel 7 miles north to Starrigavan Recreation Area.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

204 Siginaka Way
Sitka  AK  99835

Phone Number:

Information:  (907)747-6671
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