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SWEETWATER LAKE CABIN, AK
part ofTongass National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round. Season Dates
OverviewSweetwater Lake Cabin offers visitors recreation, relaxation and a unique lodging experience on Prince of Wales Island in southeastern Alaska. The remote site provides a scenic setting for fishing, hunting, boating and wildlife viewing, all within the vicinity of the cabin.
The site can be accessed by vehicle and a 2 mile boat paddle, float plane, or canoeing. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.
The cabin sits on a large gravelly beach on the eastern shore of Sweetwater Lake in the Tongass National Forest. The shoreline is surrounded by a temperate rainforest of old-growth spruce, hemlock and cedar.
Anglers will find good fishing for rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, Dolly Varden, as well as coho, sockeye, and pink salmon in Sweetwater Lake. Bird watchers are also drawn to the area because of its wide array of waterfowl.
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 up to six guests.
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Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
Sweetwater Lake Cabin is accessible by either vehicle, 200 foot trail and a short boat trip, or by float plane.
The cabin is located 10 road miles from Coffman Cove. From Ketchikan, take Forest Service Road 20 to Forest Road 3030 approximately 2 hours from Hollis. Guests will then hike a 200 foot trail to a boat, provided by the Forest Service. The cabin is approximately a half-mile boat paddle from the trail. Refer to USGS map Craig D-3.
The cabin is also accessible by float plane, 68 air miles from Ketchikan. However, in fall, winter, and early spring, the cabin may be inaccessible as float planes cannot land on the frozen lake surface. 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.
Mailing Address:SWEETWATER LAKE CABIN
KETCHIKAN/THORNE BAY AK 99919
Phone Number:Project Office:(907)828-3304