Cabin Camping Southeastern Style!
The US Forest Service cabins of Southeast Alaska offer some of the finest opportunities available to experience the true outdoor wilderness of Alaska. Whether you arrive in Ketchikan by ferry or commercial airline, you will be flown, via floatplane, deep into the heart of the Tongass National Forest to "your" lake and dropped off at your cabin door. The lakes are surrounded by majestic mountains covered with towering spruce and hemlock trees.


Choosing a cabin can be confusing at best as there are 150 of them and the USFS often does not give much information. So if you are stuck, or looking for suggestions, give us a call, we can help you pick out one that is right for you!  Click here for the US Forest Service cabins central reservations or call them toll free at 1-877-444-6777.
Forest Service cabins are approximately 12'x12' of cedar logs made by Pan Abode and come equipped with an axe, saw, maul, broom, mop & bucket. Two sets of wooden bunks sleep up to 6 close friends, two singles on top and two doubles on the bottom bunks. Four is comfortable, two is perfect!  There is a wood stove for heating. Firewood is cut in rounds by the Forest Service but you must split your own firewood & kindling. Some of the cabins are equipped with oil stoves. For these cabins you must bring #1 Diesel oil with you from Ketchikan.  A fourteen foot aluminum skiff with oars comes with the cabin to help you enjoy the scenic grandeur and fishing of your wilderness lake. Some of the lakes also have trails for hiking.

Southeast Alaskan lakes and streams offer the finest fishing to be found anywhere: Cutthroat & Rainbow trout, Dolly Varden, Arctic Grayling and Kokanee (land locked Salmon). Salmon of some type abound in virtually every stream from mid to late summer. Fishing gear is often a matter of personal choice, but most local fisherman use 6 to 8 pound test line. If you have a favorite lure, or fly, bring it to test in Alaska's lakes and streams.
Cabin Checklist
Because you will be flying to a cabin accessible only by floatplane, we have put together this checklist to help you pack for your stay. Keep in mind while you are packing that you should bring only necessities. Extra gear and bulky items will overload the aircraft and you will end up having to repack at the dock or charter an additional flight to carry any excess items. You are allowed a total weight of 1,200 pounds for the DeHavilland Beaver. This includes the weight of all passengers and gear and even the clothes you have on!  Space limit is often maximized before this weight limit is reached. Please pack your gear in small sized units or bring extra stuff sacks for repacking at the dock. This helps in loading the plane properly.  For those of you flying at the Cessna rate you will be limited to 750 pounds of people and gear.
Checklist of Recommended Items to Bring

The following items can be rented here in Ketchikan as a complete kit:

 Portable camp stove
 Fuel for stove
 Coffee pot
 Pot with lid, a skillet and sauce pan for heating  water
 Cooking utensils and silverware-spatula, large spoons, can opener,  sharp knife,
 fillet knife, forks and spoons.
 Towels, dish towels, pot holders, scrubber
 Dishes-bowls, plates & cups
 Soap-dish soap, bar soap

These items can also be rented and are highly recommended:

 Lantern-propane or kerosene
 Air mattress or foam pad
 First aid kit
 Life jackets or flotation devices
 Fishing pole & gear
 Outboard motor - comes with gas, instructions, spare parts & tool kit.

If you choose to rent any of the items listed above you can visit Alaska Wilderness Outfitting or call at (907) 225-7335 to make reservations. The rented items will be here waiting for you on your departure for the cabin.


Additional items you will need that are NOT available for rent:

 Sleeping bag
 Raingear & rubber boot
 Clothes- Extra change in case you get wet
 Camera and plenty of memory & batteries!
 Insect Repellant
 Lighter or Matches
 Aluminum foil and plastic wrap
 Paper towels & toilet paper
 Candles, flashlight and extra batteries
 Fire starter - Newspaper

In the table below you will find about 30 of the USFS cabins listed.  We have selected the cabins which offer the most in the way of recreational opportunities for fishing, hiking and scenic beauty.  If there is a cabin you are interested in that is not listed here please call or email us for more information.

Some cabins listed here have no price under the Cessna rate.  For these cabins we offer only the Beaver rate for all groups.

(prices quoted are round-trip fares for the airplane)

 Destination  Flt. Time   Cessna1  Beaver2    Destination  Flt. Time   Cessna1  Beaver2    Destination  Flt. Time   Cessna1  Beaver2
 Anan       2.4     $1,584      Helm Bay       1.3        $858      Orchard Lake       1.8     $1,188
 Anchor Pass       2.0     $1,320      Honker Lake       2.4     $1,584      Patching Lake       1.6     $1,056
 Blakewell       2.0     $960   $1,320      Hugh Smith       2.0     $960   $1,320      Punchbowl Lake       1.8     $1,188
 Big Goat       2.0     $960    $1,320      Humpback Lake       2.2  $1,056   $1,452      Reflection Lake       2.2     $1,452
 Black Bear       2.2     $1,452      Josephine Lake       2.0     $1,320      Salmon Lake       2.0     $1,320
 Checats       1.8     $864   $1,188      Karta Lake/River       1.8     $1,188      Salmon Bay Lake       3.6     $2,376
 Eagle       2.2     $1,452      Manzanita       1.6     $768   $1,056      Shelokum Lake       2.0     $1,320
 Ella Lake       1.5     $720      $990      McDonald Lake       1.8     $1,188      Wilson Lake       2.0     $960   $1,320
 S.E. Heckman       1.3        $858      Mirror Lake       1.5        $990      Winstanley Lake       1.8     $864   $1,188
 Heckman Lake       1.3        $858      Nooya Lake       2.0     $1,320            

            1) Cessna Rate: 1 to 3 passengers and up to 750 pounds Combined Total Weight
            2) Beaver Rate: 3 to 5 passengers and up to 1200 pounds Combined Total Weight

US Forest Service Cabins Near Ketchikan, AK