This is a small hunter-style cabin that sits under a canopy of trees 200' (61 m) back from the beach.. It has sleeping space for up to 6 people. Facilities: 2 single wooden bunks, 2 double wooden bunks, Broom, Axe and maul, Wood stove, Wood, Table and benches, Outhouse, Cooking counter, Skiff with oars. Water is available from the lake. Treat all water before using. Bring your own personal flotation devices, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cooking stove, lantern, pots, pans, plates, utensils, food, toilet paper, garbage bags, fire extinguisher, and fire starter. Please follow the oil stove directions carefully. Cabin users may also choose to bring a small outboard motor (less than 10 horsepower due to wilderness regulations). You are in brown bear country. This is 1 of 2 cabins on the lake (the other is the Distin Shelter cabin). Distin Lake is part of the Cross Admiralty Canoe route. There are 2 short portage trails on the lake and a 3-mile (5 km) trail to Thayer Lake from the other cabin. If you look carefully you will find some of the original CCC trail construction on the Thayer Lake and Davidson portages. Use at the cabin is low. A small boat at the nearby Guerin Lake shelter provides an opportunity to explore another lake.
At a Glance
$35/Night for single unit
Directions: Located 50 air miles south of Juneau, in the central portion of Admiralty Island. Cabin is on the north side of Distin Lake. Access by floatplane or canoe and portage from nearby lakes. This cabin is in a designated wilderness area and access is illegal by helicopter.
One-way flight time from Juneau is approximately 35
minutes. It is 8 miles by canoe and portage to Mitchell Bay. Suggested USGS topo maps: Sitka C-1, C-2.