Salmon Lake is approximately 3/4 mile long and 1/4 mile wide. The lake is ice-free April through October; the head of Silver Bay may freeze mid-November through mid-February. Salmon Lake Cabin is 2 miles from the end of Silver Bay. The cabin is equipped with wooden bunks, table, benches, woodstove for heat, and an outhouse. 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. For boat or air charters, contact the Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau at 907-747-5940 or www.Sitka.org. This lake cabin is generally accessible year round by boat to Silver Bay, then walking Salmon Lake-Redoubt Lake Trail to cabin. Mooring buoy for anchorage is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Brown bear frequent the area; rain gear is necessary; firewood can be scarce; cabin is not maintained in winter; pack out all garbage. Boil or treat water before drinking. SETTING: Spruce and hemlock forested mountains 2500 feet in elevation surround the lake. Cabin is 2 miles from the end of Silver Bay. ACTIVITES: Hunting, cutthroat trout and Dolly Varden in the lake, runs of pink salmon and sockeye salmon July-August, coho salmon Aug-Sept, hiking. If boating, plan arrival and departure during high tide, unload gear at east shore at estuary head, then tie up boat at mooring buoy. 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.
Reservations can be made on the day of arrival or up to 180 days in advance. Boil or treat lake water before drinking. Pack out all garbage. Occasionally poor weather can result in delayed arrivals or extended stays, and cabin users should be prepared for this. November through early April, 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 nearly year round, depending on mode of access. Located 11 miles southeast of Sitka on Baranof Island, approximately 10 minutes by floatplane. Access by boat from Sitka to Silver Bay is 10 miles, and a 2-mile trail leads to the cabin. Trail begins near mooring buoy at the end of Silver Bay. Head of Silver Bay may freeze mid-November through mid-February. For geographic features surrounding cabin, refer to USGS topographic map Port Alexander D-4 and Sitka A-4.
Normal Services Available:
May-2003 through 9-30-2003 .