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YOUNG LAKE (SOUTH) CABIN, AK

part ofTongass National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: YOUNG LAKE (SOUTH) CABIN
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

South Young Lake Cabin offers guests recreation, relaxation and a unique wilderness lodging experience on the northern tip of Admiralty Island in the Tongass National Forest. The remote site offers a scenic setting for hiking, fishing, boating, berry picking and wildlife viewing, all within the vicinity of the cabin.

South Young Lake Cabin is one of two cabins on the lake. The other is the North Young Lake cabin.

Access to the cabin is float plane only. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin is situated under a forested canopy of trees at an elevation of 320 feet, set back 50 feet from the south end of Young Lake.

The cabin is located in the Kootznoowoo Wilderness, which encompasses nearly a million acres. Dense spruce and hemlock forests, glacier-fed streams, lakes and muskeg openings define the landscape, while distant rocky spires tower along the island's high crest.

Wildlife in the area abounds. Sitka black-tailed deer stay well hidden in the dense forest and bald eagles are often found in treetops along most beaches. Bears frequent the area near the cabin and trails, particularly during salmon runs July through August. Learn more about bear safety in the Tongass National Forest.

Recreation:

Anglers enjoy Young Lake for catching cutthroat trout, dolly varden and coho salmon. Guests are welcome to use the skiff with oars available at the cabin and may choose to bring a small outboard motor. The motor must be less than 10 horsepower due to wilderness regulations, and guests are responsible for bringing and using personal floatation devices. The lake is normally ice-free from mid May through November.

Several primitive trails extend from the cabin into the forest. The Admiralty Cove-Young Lake trailhead is at the cabin's doorstep. The trail is 4.5 miles departing from the cabin and ending at Admiralty cabin. It is a relatively flat trail and follows the creek at each end of the trail. The round trip hike can be fairly strenuous when conditions are rainy and wet.

Facilities:

The one-room cabin is a primitive, pre-cut cedar log cabin in pan-abode style, furnished with wooden bunkbeds without mattresses that sleep up to six guests. The cabin is equipped with a table, benches, an oil stove for heat and an outside toilet. Other amenities include cooking counters, shelves, cupboard space and a broom.

The cabin does not have running water or electricity, and visitors must bring their own water, food, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cook stoves, matches, cooking gear/utensils, light source, #1 stove oil, toilet paper, first aid kit and garbage bags.

Visitors should bring #1 heating oil (kerosene) to fuel the stove. The stoves will burn half a gallon in eight hours at the lowest setting, and up to 1.2 gallons during eight hours at the highest setting. A flash light is handy for looking into the burn chamber when lighting the stove. Matches or a lighter are needed to light a small piece of paper to drop in to the burn chamber when lighting the stove. Detailed directions with photos on how to light the stove are provided in the cabin.

Click here for more cabin details.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Berry Picking
  • Boating
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Cooking Area
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • 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
  • Water is not available at this facility; visitors must bring their own for drinking, cooking, and cleaning
  • Bring initial supply of water; boil surface water five minutes before use
  • All garbage and food must be packed out
  • Before digging for clams, become familiar with paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP ) and current regulations for size and quantity limits. Cases of PSP from eating razor clams are relatively rare, but they have been reported in Alaska
  • The lake is on a flight path and has substantial overhead plane traffic
  • Click here for a map of cabins on Admiralty Island
  • The person holding the reservation must be 18, and must be a member of party using the cabin
  • Use of this cabin by a commercial operator, such as an outfitter or guide, is prohibited
  • No discounts for Golden Age and Golden Passports for Alaska cabin rentals
  • 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):
58.12219, -134.4725
58°7'20"N, 134°28'21"W

Access is by float plane. It is about a 20-minute flight from Juneau. This cabin is in a designated Wilderness area, and access by helicopter is illegal. In fall, winter and early spring the cabin may be inaccessible due to frozen lake surface (float planes cannot land). The lake is normally ice-free from mid-May through November. Refer to USGS topographic map Juneau A-2. 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 Admiralty Island National Monument at 907-586-8800 prior to arrival for more detailed information about safety precautions.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

YOUNG LAKE (SOUTH) CABIN
ADMIRALITY NATIONAL MONUMENT
JUNEAU  AK 

Phone Number:

Information:  (907)586-8800
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