The Situk Lake Cabin is located 14 miles northeast of Yakutat within the Russell Fiord Wilderness. It is about 3 miles from Russel Fiord, but there is no trail. Situk Lake is about 2 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. Visitors enjoy fishing for salmon and trout. The surrounding terrain is flat and forested with spruce trees. Wildlife in the area include moose, brown bear, and black bear. The cabin is equipped with wooden bunks, table, benches, and an outside toilet. It is heated by a multi-fuel stove that burns either oil or wood. It has no mattresses or cooking utensils. Cabin users should bring sleeping bags and pads, cookstove, cooking gear, food, and #1 stove oil. A rowboat with oars is provided; bring personal flotation devices.
Reservations can be made the day of arrival, or up to 180 days in advance. Boil or treat water before drinking. Occasionally poor weather can result in extended stays, and cabin users should be prepared for this. There may not be a floatplane charter available from Yakutat. Check before renting. In fall, winter, and early spring, the cabin may be inaccessible due to frozen lake surface (floatplanes cannot land). Please contact the local Forest Service Ranger District office for information prior to making reservations during these periods. This cabin is in a designated Wilderness area, and access by helicopter is illegal. There are NO discounts for Golden Age and Golden Access Passports for Alaska cabin rentals. The person holding the reservation must be 18 and must be a member of the party using the cabin. Use of this cabin by a commercial operator, such as an outfitter or guide, is NOT allowed. 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. All garbage and food be packed out.
Directions: Located 14 miles NE of Yakutat, on SE shore of Situk Lake. Access by trail or floatplane. Unmaintained 6-mile trail begins near 9 Mile Bridge on Forest Hwy 10. Another trail starts at the end of Eastgate Rd and is 3 miles to the cabin. Both trails can be very wet.
Normal Services Available:
May-2003 through 9-30-2003 .