Baranof Lake is a green-blue glacial lake surrounded by spruce and hemlock forest, with 3000' mountains on either side. The lake is nearly 3 miles long and 1/2 mile wide, at an elevation of 145 feet. The cabin has a sandy beach and is located near the mouth of the Baranof River. Cabin is equipped with wooden 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 the skiff. 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 stay 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. For boat or air charters, contact the Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau at 907-747-5940 or www.Sitka.org.
Reservations can be made on the day of arrival or up to 180 days in advance. Treat or boil water before drinking. All garbage and food must be packed out. Occasionally poor weather can result in delayed arrivals or extended stays, and cabin users should be prepared for this. November through May the cabin may be inaccessible due to frozen lake surface (floatplanes cannot land). Please contact the local Forest Service Ranger District office for current information prior to making reservations during these periods.
Directions: Accessible June through October. Located 20 air miles from Sitka on the east side of Baranof Island, west of Warm Springs Bay. Access by floatplane from Sitka, 25 minutes in clear weather. The direct over-the-mountain air access route time can increase considerably if weather is poor and the airplane must fly the northern water route around Baranof Island. For geographic features surrounding cabin, refer to USGS topographic map Sitka A-3.
Normal Services Available:
May-2003 through 9-30-2003 .