Pigot Bay Cabin

Chugach National Forest

Pigot Bay Cabin is tucked away in a secluded and picturesque area of Prince William Sound. It is open year-round, offering an ideal base for exploration, recreation and relaxation.

The area can be accessed by float plane or boat, depending on conditions. The cabin is reached via a trail from the beach. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities including sleeping pad, sleeping bag, cook stove, toilet paper, cook pots and utensils as well as some form of water treatment.

The 16 x 16 foot A-frame cabin has a main floor and a loft. It sleeps six and comes equipped with wooden bunks, a table with benches, an oil drip (Kerosene) stove, fire extinguisher and a broom. Cabin users must supply their own kerosene fuel for the stove. Typically 1 gallon/ day is sufficent.

A new Composting Toilet has recently been built. The toilet has a seperating toilet seat which redirects urine into a leach field. The outhouse has been converted to a composting toilet and requires the user to add a small amount of peat (1/2 cup) after use. Please burn your toilet paper to reduce the amount of trash in the system and promote efficient composting.   The gravel area in front of the cabin has a small campfire ring.

Water and electricity are not available. Visitors must bring their own supply of drinking water, especially since natural sources may be difficult to access. Any water from natural sources should be treated before drinking.

Items such as a cook stove, cooking gear, flashlights or lanterns, bedding, sleeping pads, trash bags, toilet paper and Kerosene are not provided.   

Guests are expected to pack out trash and clean the cabin before leaving.

Need to Know

Natural Features

Pigot Bay Cabin is located on a tall bluff overlooking Pigot Bay. The bay is mostly steep-sided, but has a wide, shallow outwash valley at its head. The cabin sits at the edge of a dense evergreen forest, offering views over the bay to the mountains and glaciers beyond.

Black bears, bald eagles and waterfowl (mainly geese at the head of the bay) are common visitors to the area (learn about bear safety). Mountain goats are sometimes seen on the surrounding cliffs. Prince William Sound supports such species as Dall's and harbor porpoises, harbor seals, sea otters and sea lions. A lucky few may even spot a pod of orcas or a humpback whale.


The topography is very rugged, which limits hiking in the area. Visitors can bring kayaks to explore the bay along the coast of Port Wells, but should consult the local tide reports in advance for their safety.

Fishing is fair for pink salmon in late July and early August in freshwater streams and the saltwater of the bay. Saltwater fishing is possible for halibut and red snapper (rockfish) near Pigot Bay and the western shore of Esther Island.

Pigot Bay also offers some good shrimping spots. Digging for butter clams is possible on the few gravel beaches at the head of the bay. Hunting for deer and bear is allowed in designated seasons with the proper permits. Blueberries and raspberries are also available for picking in season.

Contact Information


145 Forest Station Road, P.O. Box 129 GIRDWOOD AK 99587

Phone Number

For campground inquiries, please call: 907-783-3242

Rental Options

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Driving Directions

This Cabin is not accessible via the road system. The cabin is located on the southwest shore near the head of Pigot Bay, northeast of Whittier. Access by a float plane is a 40 minute trip from Anchorage or a 60 minute trip from Cordova. By boat, it is a 18 mile float from Whittier. Check local tide reports to determine the most ideal arrival and departure times. Boats are not provided by the Forest Service.

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