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WILSON NARROWS CABIN, AK

part ofTongass National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: WILSON NARROWS CABIN
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Wilson Narrows Cabin is situated on the south end of Wilson Lake approximately 44 air miles northeast of Ketchikan. The cabin is available year-round and makes an excellent base for experiencing this corner of Alaska with its recreation options, beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife.

The cabin is remote and does not have electricity, indoor plumbing or cell phone service. It is accessible only by float plane, depending on conditions. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin is situated within Misty Fiords National Monument Wilderness on the shore of long and narrow Wilson Lake, which was carved out by glaciers. Cabin visitors can enjoy looking out over the placid lake, which is surrounded by rugged mountain peaks and evergreen forest.

Mountain goat, Sitka black-tailed deer, black bear and brown bear are common to the area (bear safety). A variety of birds may be seen in and around Wilson Lake.

Recreation:

Wilson Lake is an angler's paradise, offering excellent cutthroat trout, Dolly Varden and kokanee salmon fishing at the lake outlet.

A 14-foot aluminum skiff with oars is provided for rowing around the lake, but visitors must provide their own life jackets.

Facilities:

This 12x14-ft. (pan-abode style) cabin accommodates 6 people with 2 single and 2 double bunks. Other amenities include a table and benches, cooking counter, food storage and a broom with dustpan. A wood stove is provided for heat, along with firewood, an axe and a splitting maul. An outhouse is located nearby.

Drinking water is not available at the cabin. It is recommended that visitors bring their own water supply, but water is also available from the lake (water safety).

Visitors should also bring sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cooking gear, lanterns or flashlights, food, toilet paper, garbage bags, a fire extinguisher and fire starter. Rain gear and boots are recommended. Visitors are expected to pack out their trash, gear and food and clean the cabin before leaving (more cabin details).

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Beach
  • Birding
  • Boating
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cooking Area
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Lake Access
  • Table & Chairs
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
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
  • This is the Wilson Narrows Cabin located at the outlet of Wilson Lake (south end of lake), and is not to be confused with the Wilson View Cabin located on the north end of the lake
  • Drinking water is not available at the cabin; please bring water or treat water from natural sources
  • Please pack out all trash and food and clean cabin before leaving
  • Please conserve firewood as the supplied firewood is for wood stove only
  • This cabin is in a designated Wilderness area, and access by helicopter is illegal
  • Same day reservations allowed for this cabin
  • The person holding the reservation for this cabin must be at least 18 years of age and must be a member of the party using the cabin
  • There are no discounts for Golden Age/Access Passports for Alaska cabin rentals
  • Learn more about the 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):
55.47944, -130.58278
55°28'46"N, 130°34'58"W

The cabin is accessible by float plane only. It is located approximately 44 air miles northeast of Ketchikan on the mainland, north of Wilson Arm. The cabin sits on the south end of Wilson Lake. This cabin is in a designated Wilderness area, and access by helicopter is illegal. Refer to USGS map Ketchikan B-2 and C-2.

In fall, winter, and early spring, the cabin may be inaccessible due to frozen lake surface (float planes cannot land). Please contact the Ketchikan-Misty Fiords Ranger District at (907) 225-2148 for information prior to making reservations during these periods.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

WILSON NARROWS CABIN

KETCHIKAN/MISTY  AK 

Phone Number:

Project Office: (907)225-2148
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