Eight-fathom Cabin Lookout/cabin

  

Eight Fathom Cabin

A saltwater cabin located 15 miles from the City of Hoonah, Alaska in the protected waters of Port Frederick. It is a rustic 15'x17' milled log style cabin built on the shore of Eight Fathom Bight with a beach access trail and a mooring buoy. It is only accessible by float plane or boat. The cabin can accommodate 8 people and is equipped with wooden bunks, table, benches and a full sleeping loft. The beach access trail, first level floor, outside deck, and an outside toilet are ADA accessible. It does not have mattresses or cooking utensils. Cabin users should bring sleeping bags, pads, cook stoves, cooking gear, and food. Users are required to pack out all that they pack in. The cabin is heated with an oil stove. Users must provide #1 heating oil or kerosene only. The cabin is in a primitive setting with no electricity, plumbing, or phone. There is no cell phone coverage. Hoonah is the nearest full service community and is accessible by scheduled air taxi service, boat, barge, and the Alaska Marine Highway System. Port Frederick and Eight Fathom Bight offer excellent opportunities for viewing scenery and wildlife including: whales, brown bear, deer, shore birds, and a variety of small mammals. The cabin has good access to hunting, freshwater fishing, and saltwater fishing areas. Commercial use of this cabin is not allowed.

At a Glance

Fees $35/night Oct 1 - April 30 $45/night May 1 - Sept 30
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Hoonah
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: Eight Fathom Cabin is located 15 miles south west of the City of Hoonah, Alaska on the north shore of Eight Fathom Bight at the head of Port Frederick. Access is by float plane or boat only. It is a 45-minute boat ride from Hoonah and approximately a 30-minute flight from Juneau, AK. Flight time from Hoonah is less than 10-minutes. The cabin is at the south end of the isolated Eight Fathom Forest road system and within 1/2 mile from the Eight Fathom Marine Access Facility (MAF) float dock. This road system is not connected to the Hoonah Road System and the dock is only accessible by float plane or boat. There is a marine mooring buoy directly in front of the cabin and a fine gravel beach suitable for landing and launching small boats. The buoy is visible from the cabin at all times. Once ashore, the cabin is accessed via a short 125 ft barrier free trail. Refer to USGS topographic map: Juneau A-6, AK; Juneau A-5, AK; and Sitka D-6 AK. Chichagof Island and Tongass National Forest Maps are available at the Hoonah Ranger District office.

Activities


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Cabin Rentals

Occupancy of Forest Service cabins is by permit only ($35/night Oct 1 - April 30 $45/night May 1 - Sept 30). The person holding the reservation must be at least 18 years of age, and must be a member of party using the cabin. There are NO discounts for Golden Age or Golden Access Passports for Alaska cabin rentals. Reservations are restricted to a maximum stay of 7 consecutive nights per party for any one reservation May 1-Sept 30 and a maximum stay of 10 consecutive nights per party Oct 1- April 30. This cabin is heated by an oil burning stove. Users must provide #1 Heating Oil or Kerosene only.
Reservation InfoThis 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 http://www.recreation.gov/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=72772&topTabIndex=CampingSpot
Size Restrictions8

Fishing

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Hunting

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Nature Viewing

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OHV Riding & Camping

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Picnicking

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Fire Danger Level: Low
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Location

 
  Latitude : 
58.00139
  Longitude : 
-135.77139
  Elevation : 
10 feet