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TURNER LAKE EAST CABIN, AK

part ofTongass National Forest, US Forest Service
Float Plane
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Turner Lake East Cabin is open for year-round enjoyment in Alaska's Inside Passage. Guests can enjoy scenic views, wildlife watching and a variety of recreational activities.

The site can be accessed by float plane, depending on conditions. Guests 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 and brushy terrain and offers views of spectacular mountain scenery with numerous waterfalls cascading into the lake. A small sandy beach is located in front of the cabin.

This area is home to bears and mountain goats (bear safety information). A variety of waterfowl may be spotted on the lake.

Recreation:

A skiff with oars is provided to use around the lake, but guests must supply their own flotation devices. Anglers can fish for cutthroat trout, Dolly Varden and kokanee salmon in the lake.

Mountain goat or bear hunting is allowed with a permit in designated seasons. Salmonberries are available for picking in the summer.

Facilities:

This 14-by-16 cabin is pan-abode style and sleeps six people with two single and two double bunks. The cabin also has a table and benches, broom, an oil heater, a cooler box for food storage, a campfire ring, an outhouse and food preparation space.

Water and electricity are not provided. Water is available from the lake or a nearby stream, but guests should be sure to treat water before drinking or cooking with it (water safety tips). It is recommended that guests bring their own water supply.

Heating oil is not provided. Visitors must bring a supply of #1 diesel oil or kerosene (a gallon per day on lowest setting), in addition to sleeping bags, sleeping pads, a cooking stove, lanterns or flashlights, cookware, plates, utensils, food, 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
  • Beach
  • Berry Picking
  • Birding
  • Boating
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Campfire Rings
  • Creek Access
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Fishing
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Heater
  • Hunting
  • Lake Access
  • Table & 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
  • Before planning a trip, please be aware of the typical weather conditions for this area
  • Water is not available at the cabin; guests must bring their own water supply or treat water from natural sources
  • A high avalanche danger exists in this area in the winter and early spring
  • Please pack out all trash and food
  • Small outboard motors may be used on the 15-foot transom boat
  • Use of this cabin by a commercial operator, such as an outfitter or guide, is not allowed
  • 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):
58.31361, -133.70556
58°18'49"N, 133°42'20"W

The cabin is located 24 miles east of Juneau, Alaska, at the east end of Turner Lake. Access by float plane only. In fall, winter and early spring, the cabin may be inaccessible due to frozen lake surface (float planes cannot land). Please call the Juneau Ranger District to check on conditions ahead of time at (907) 586-8800. Turner Lake is typically not ice-free until June.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

TURNER LAKE EAST CABIN
8465 OLD DAIRY RD.
JUNEAU  AK  99801

Phone Number:

Project Office: (907)586-8800
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