Cabin is equipped with bunks, table, benches, woodstove for heat, and an outside toilet. It has no mattresses or cooking utensils. Cabin users should bring sleeping bags, pads, cookstove, cooking gear, and food. A skiff with oars is provided for cabin users only; bring personal flotation devices. A 2-10 HP longshaft outboard motor (not provided) enhances use of skiff. This lake cabin is accessible when ice-free, generally mid-April thru Oct. This is one of 2 public recreation cabins located on Sitkoh Lake. This cabin is on the western half of the lake. SETTING: Lake (elevation 194') surrounded by 2500' mountains with spruce and hemlock forest. The lake is 2.5 miles long and 0.5 mile wide. PROXIMITY: Sitkoh Lake East Cabin is 1.5 miles to east on the same lake. ACTIVITIES: Cutthroat trout and Dolly Varden in lake, runs of steelhead (spring), pink sockeye and coho salmon in Sitkoh Creek (outlet stream at east end of the lake. July - August). RESTRICTIONS: Cabin not maintained in the winter, firewood can be scarce, brown bears frequent area, and rain gear and boots recommended. For boat or air charters, contact Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau at 907-747-5940 or www.sitka.org. There are NO discounts for Golden Age and Golden Passports for Alaska cabin rentals. The person holding the reservation must be 18 and must be a member of the party using the cabin. Reservations are restricted to a maximum sta of 7 consecutive nights per party for any one reservation May 1 - September 30 and a maximum stay of 10 consecutive nights per party October 1 - April 30.
Reservations can be made the day of arrival or up to 180 days in advance. Occasionaly poor weather may cause travel delays, and cabin users should be prepared for this. November through late April, the cabin may be inaccessible due to frozen lake surface (floatplanes cannot land). Contact the local Forest Service Ranger District office for current information prior to making reservation during these periods. All gargage and food must be packed out.
Accessible generally mid-April through October.
Located 35 air miles northeast of Sitka, on the southeast side of Chichagof Island, about 30 minutes by floatplane.
Access is also possible by boat to Peril Straits, then hiking about 3 miles on logging road system. This mode of access is recommended only for those who know the area well.
For geographic features surrounding the cabin, refer to USGS topographic maps Sitka C-4, B-4, and C-3.
Normal Services Available:
May-2003 through 9-30-2003 .