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part ofTongass National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: Twelvemile Cabin
Status: Open through Thu Dec 31 2015   Season Dates


Twelvemile Cabin is a fully accessible cabin located on Twelvemile Inlet on Prince of Wales Island in southeastern Alaska. The site offers recreation, relaxation and a unique lodging experience in the Tongass National Forest.

Construction of this cabin was made possible through mitigation funds from Alaska Power and Telephone and the Federal Energy Regulatiory Commission.

The cabin is accessible by vehicle and a short gravel trail. Although the site is not as remote as others in the area, visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin is nestled in a canopy of young Sitka spruce and western hemlock. There are plenty of places to explore in the Twelvemile area, including an estuary just south of the cabin, where wildlife is abundant, including sandhill cranes, eagles, wolves, black bears, Sitka black-tailed deer, and a variety of migratory birds.

Across the inlet from the cabin is a view of Twelvemile old growth reserve. This area is managed for old growth characteristics and provides a pristine forest setting.


Anglers will find that Twelvemile Creek, which flows into the inlet, has an excellent run of coho, chum and pink salmon, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout and Dolly Varden. At Old Frank's natural area, located east of the cabin, visitors can find streams supporting cutthroat and Dolly Varden. Crabbing, beachcombing and wildlife viewing are popular in the area as well.

Trails for hiking are an easy drive east from the cabin toward Polk Inlet. Pass Lake Trail is a boardwalk trail through a muskeg, and is particularly stunning with wildflowers in spring and summer. Dog Salmon Fish Pass is another trail located approximately 10 miles from the cabin, and is noted as a popular bear viewing site in August. A system of roads for off-road enthusiasts can be found about 4 miles south of the cabin.

Hunters can take advantage of the long hunting seasons in the surrounding national forest. Bear season occurs during spring and fall, while deer season begins in late summer and lasts through late fall.

Twelvemile Inlet also has a rich logging history. Remnants of an abandoned camp, log landings and log transfer facilities can be found on the nearby shoreline, but are not visible from the cabin.


The 16x20-ft, one-story, fully accessible cabin can sleep up to six people on wooden bunkbeds without mattresses. The cabin is equipped with a table, benches, a wood stove for heat and a fully-accessible outdoor toilet, located 40 feet from the cabin. Other amenities include a cooking counter, shelves, cupboard space, axe, splitting maul and a broom. Firewood is available, though the supply is not guaranteed.

The cabin does not have running water or electricity. Visitors must bring their own food, water, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cook stove, stove fuel, fire starter, cooking gear/utensils, lantern or flashlight, toilet paper, first aid kit and garbage bags. Water is available from a stream south of the cabin, but must be treated before being used.

A boat ramp is located .25 miles north of the cabin, and an accessible gravel foot trail from the parking area to the cabin entrance is located on-site. Click here for more cabin details.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Hiking Trails
  • Accessible Site
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Axe
  • Berry Picking
  • Biking
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cooking Area
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Group Fire Ring
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Table and Chairs
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Accessible Boat Ramp
  • Beach
  • Beachcombing
  • Boating
  • Off Road Vehicle Trails
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 for drinking, cooking and cleaning, or treat all water from natural sources
  • All garbage and food must be packed out
  • Check in and check out are at 12 p,m.
  • Use of this cabin by a commercial operator, such as an outfitter or guide, is prohibited
  • Discharging firearms is prohibited within 150 yards of cabins and across or on any body of water
  • Learn more 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):
55.36639, -132.72583
55°21'59"N, 132°43'33"W

Twelvemile Cabin is located 6 miles from the Hydaburg Road turnoff, approximately 35 miles from Craig and 18 miles from Hydaburg.

From Craig or Klawock, take the Craig/Klawock-Hollis Highway toward Hollis. Turn right on the Hydaburg Road (State Route 913) and travel for 8 miles. Turn left onto Forest Road 21 (Polk Inlet and Twelvemile Road). Follow Forest Road 21 for 5 miles, then turn left toward Twelvemile Inlet. The cabin parking area is about 1.5 miles ahead on the left.

From Naukati or Thorne Bay, drive south on the Klawock-Control Lake Highway (State Route 929) to Klawock, and follow directions above.

From Hydaburg, drive north approximately 11 miles and turn right onto Forest Road 21 (Polk Inlet and Twelvemile Road). Follow Forest Service Road 21 for 5 miles, then turn left toward Twelvemile Inlet. The cabin parking area is about 1.5 miles ahead on the left.

All roads are marked and the cabin is accessed by a 900-foot accessible, gravel trail.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Twelvemile Inlet
  AK  99921

Phone Number:

Information:  (970)826-1614
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