The 16 X 22-ft. milled cedar log cabin has a sleeping loft, balcony and deck. The cabin accommodates up to 8 people. There is one single over double bunk on the main floor and a full sleeping loft. Inside, the cabin features a food preparation counter, a sturdy wood table with 4 benches and a wood stove for heat. Outside there is a large picnic table, fire ring, vault toilet and firewood shelter. The first level of the cabin, the main deck, and vault toilet and picnic table are all accessible facilities for visitors with disabilities.
Firewood is not provided; however, a small woodshed nearby allows visitors to store and keep firewood dry for use at the cabin. Other suggested items to bring are: water for drinking, cooking and cleaning; mattresses; cooking gear; sleeping bags; lanterns or flashlights; food; toilet paper; garbage bags; and fire starter. Rain gear and boots are also recommended. No dumpsters are available, so visitors are expected to pack out trash and clean the cabin before leaving.
$60/night peak season May 1 – September 30
$45/night non-peak season October 1 – April 30
Kennel Creek Cabin is located approximately 19 air miles southeast of the City of Hoonah, Alaska on the south shore of Freshwater Bay. Access is by vehicle, boat or float plane. Total distance by gravel road is approximately 27 miles. By road travel south from Hoonah past the airport. Where the road turns to gravel, drive 2 miles to the “T” intersection, turn right toward Freshwater Bay. Drive 25 miles on FS Road 8502/8508, veer left at all “Y” intersections. The cabin is located at the end of a short access road on your left.
From the cabin mountain bikers can jump unto the main Hoonah Forest road system and ride for many miles on loose gravel single lane logging roads. The cabin site serves as a hub for a variety of mountain bike riding experiences. Most roads from here are open to all vehicles.
Intermediate to Difficult
Camping & Cabins
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 http://www.recreation.gov
River and Stream Fishing
Freshwater fishing opportunities available in season for a variety of species including salmon, trout, and Dolly Varden. Refer to http://www.adfg.alaska.gov species, permits and regulations.
Salt Water Fishing
Saltwater fishing opportunities available in season for a variety of species including salmon, halibut, rockfish, trout, char, cod, bait fish, and shellfish. Refer to http://www.adfg.alaska.gov species, permits and regulations.
Potential species for trapping in this area include: Red Squirrel, Beaver, River Otter, Marten, Mink, and Weasel.
Small Game Hunting
Small game in Alaska (at this location) includes grouse and ptarmigan. Small game can provide excellent hunting opportunities, especially in years when these species are abundant. Populations of grouse tend to fluctuate on an eight to 10-year cycle, and over the past 40 years, the peaks have come in the latter part of each decade. Small game hunting in season is possible from this cabin. Refer to http://www.adfg.alaska.gov for species, permits and regulations.
Easy to Difficult
Big Game Hunting
Big game hunting in season possible from this cabin. Refer to http://www.adfg.alaska.gov for species, permits and regulations.
Easy to Difficult
Explore an immense variety of flora and unique ecosystems of the Tongass National rain Forest
OHV Riding & Camping
OHV Road Riding
From the cabin, OHV users can jump unto the main Hoonah Forest road system and ride for many miles on loose gravel single lane logging roads. The cabin site serves as a hub for a variety of OHV riding experiences. Most roads from here are open to all vehicles.
Easy to Intermediate
Picnic on the deck of the cabin or the designated picnic site with accessible picnic table and fire grill.
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No. of Accessible sites
Boating - Non-Motorized
The cabin is an ideal destination for kayakers traveling through Freshwater Bay.
Easy to Difficult
Boating - Motorized
Small craft boating opportunities in Freshwater Bay. A Forest Service float dock and small boat launching ramp are available for use adjacent to the cabin. Users may not block administrative or floatplane traffic at the float dock.