Kook Lake Cabin is set amidst a beautiful stand of spruce and hemlock on west end of lake (elevation 41 feet or 12.5 meters), surrounded by flat terrain with sandy beach in front for easy air access. North of lake, land gradually rises to 1500 feet (455 m), then ascends sharply to alpine. On south, slopes are fairly steep, rising from lake to 2,500 feet (762 m). Main level has one double wide bunk. Sleeping loft has no bunks. Suggested USGS topo map: Sitka C-4, C-3 The small, square-bowed skiff (rowboat) with oars is provided but is heavy. A long-shaft outboard motor in the 2-10 hp range is highly recommended for use with the skiff provided. Be sure the plug is in before launching the boat. Please tie the skiff well up on the shore and pull the plug before leaving so the boat does not fill with rain water. What to bring: Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices for each person using the skiff, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cooking stove, fire starter, lantern, pots, pans, plates, utensils, food, toilet paper, garbage bags. Rubber boots and raingear are recommended Water is available from the lake or nearby stream. Treat all water before using. Better idea is to bring your own water. Cabin is not maintained during winter. Firewood for the cabin stove may be in short supply or temporarily out at any time of year. Firewood not provided for outdoor campfires, gather only dead and down wood. Occasionally poor weather can result in delayed arrivals or extended stays, and cabin users should be prepared for this. Pack out all gear, garbage and food that you bring to cabin. Reservations may be made on the day of arrival or up to 180 days in advance. 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.
This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at www.recreation.gov. Cabin reservations (check-in & check out time) are from noon to noon.
Lake and Pond Fishing
Fish for cutthroat and Dolly Varden all year in lake; good runs of sockeye during July and August and coho salmon during late August and early September. Coho salmon are available in late September and October. Sockeye are available in Late June and July. The Kook Lake sockeye run is quite variable in size and is often closed in season to protect spawners. Kook Lake and the large, most southerly inlet stream are excellent locations to fish for Dolly Varden and cutthroat trout. A very small run of steelhead returns to Kook Lake in April and May. Good lures to use for cutthroat and Dolly Varden include bait eggs, worms, various wet and dry fly patterns, and small spin cast lures. Coho can be taken on flies and spin cast lures such as pixies and bolos. Sockeye take small bright flies about as well as anything. Refer to http://www.adfg.alaska.gov for species, permits and regulations.