Auk Recreation Area Shelter 5
Tongass National Forest
The Picnic Shelter #5 is part of the Auk Recreation Area and is located adjacent to a scenic beach on the northern shoreline of Auk Bay, once a village site for the Auk Tlingit Natives. It is the last shelter on the west end of the picnic area. It is the largest of the five shelters in the recreation area.
Shelter #5 has a maximum capacity of 40 people. The maximum group size allowed with this reservation is 74 people. Parking can be limited on sunny days due to crowds and is available above the shelter next to the highway (use caution loading and unloading). The shelter is accessed by a metal staircase or a fully accessible ramp. There are three picnic tables inside the shelter and a fire place. There are two grills next to the shelter, and a fire pit on the beach. There is a two-hole vault toilet a couple hundred feet from the shelter, and water spigot with city water on site. The path in front of the shelter leads to Auk Village Campground and Pt. Louisa. The opposite way leads to the restroom and another shelter.
Need to Know
- Bears frequent the area; pack-in, pack-out garbage (on-site garbage cans not intended for large amounts).
- Stay on developed paths so tree root systems are not damaged.
- Carry, do not throw firewood to site to prevent damage to steps and surrounding area.
- Shelter is available for rental May 1st through September 30th; when not reserved it is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- The reservation receipt must be physically posted on the shelter bulletin board.
- The shelter is available for rental from 6:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m./10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m./2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m./6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
- The shelter has a maximum capacity of 40 people.
- The maximum group size allowed under this permit is 74 people.
- Bring whatever firewood is needed. Building, maintaining, attending or using a wood pallet fire is prohibited.
- Provide sufficient garbage bags for your group. Pack-it-in, Pack-it-out. Garbage cans on site are not intended for large amounts. It is prohibited to leave refuse, debris or litter or dump refuse, debris or trash.
- Upon departure, visitors must extinguish fires in fireplace, fire pit and grills; clean grill and table; pick up and removal of all trash, equipment and materials brought into the picnic shelter area.
- Vacate the shelter area by the end of the reservation period to allow other permittee's or user groups to use the facilities.
- Possessing a glass container is prohibited.
- The area is closed from 12:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.
- It is prohibited to have a fire outside a fireplace, grill or fire ring. Please ensure all wood fits inside the fireplace or fire ring. No pallets or pieces of pallets; no lumber with nails or staples.
- It is prohibited to damage any property of the United States.
- No staples or nails may be attached to the shelter.
- If you have any questions call the Juneau Ranger District at (907) 586-8800.
The shelter overlooks Auk Bay and is surrounded by a western hemlock and Sitka spruce forested area.
The area offers fishing, water activities, picnicking, hiking, and berry picking.
Auk Recreation Area includes a large day use area on the shores of Auk Bay. The area includes five different shelters, picnic tables, drinking water, fire rings and a trail. At the Auk Bay Harbor commercial operators offer sport fishing, kayak rental, and whale watching tours.
Juneau Ranger District, 8510 Mendenhall Loop Road Juneau AK 99801
For campground inquiries, please call: (907)586-8800
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From the cruise ship terminal on South Franklin Street in downtown Juneau, head northwest along the waterfront. South Franklin Street becomes Marine Way, then Egan Drive, named for William A. Egan (1914 - 1984), first governor of the State of Alaska. Egan Drive becomes Glacier Highway at Milepost 9.4, then Juneau Veterans Memorial Highway from Milepost 12.1. About 14 mile exit west on Old Glacier Highway which brings you to Auke Village Recreation Area. The shelter is last one on the northwest end. Shelter number 5.