Also known as Sitkoh Lake East Cabin. Rustic 12' x 14' Pan Abode style cabin with plywood bunks; table and benches; wood stove; skiff with oars; Capacity 6 persons. This is one of two public recreation cabins located on Sitkoh Lake. Skiff with oars.
At a Glance
$35 a night
pit toilet, not ADA accessible
Tongass NF - Sitka RD
Directions: Located on southeastern Chichagof Island 35 miles northeast of Sitka or 30 minutes by float plane or 3-4 hours by boat to Sitkoh Bay plus a 4.3 mile hike from Sitkoh Bay to the cabin.
Sitkoh Lake East Cabin is surrounded by forested mountains rising to near 2,500 feet (760 m) and located on the east end of the lake. The cabin is immediately surrounded by old-growth spruce and hemlock with muskegs and open meadows to the east. Sitkoh Lake West Cabin is located on the north shore of the lake about 2 miles west of this cabin. Sitkoh Bay Trail (in poor condition) to cabin begins near abandoned Chatham Cannery in Sitkoh Bay and closely follows Sitkoh Creek to the lake. Occasionally, tour groups may be encountered along this trail. Cabin has two single-wide bunks atop two double wide bunks. Suggested USGS topo map: Sitka B-4, C-3, C-4 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 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. 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.
Cabin reservations can be made by calling 1-877-444-6777 (518-885-3639 overseas) or on-line by visiting www.recreation.gov. Cabin reservations (check-in & check out time) are from noon to noon.
Lake and Pond Fishing
Good cutthroat and Dolly Varden fishing in lake. Outlet stream (Sitkoh Creek) known for steelhead runs in late April through May, pinks in July to mid-August, and coho salmon in late August through September. Refer to http://www.adfg.alaska.gov for species, permits and regulations.