$45/night peak season May 1 – September 30
$45/night non-peak season October 1 – April 30
pit toilet, not ADA accessible
Tongass NF - Sitka RD
Directions: Located on east side of Baranof Island, 20 air miles east of Sitka. Flying time can double if low clouds persist and plane has to go around Baranof Island to reach this cabin instead of flying over the island.
This is a remote mountain cabin nestled within a stand of spruce at southwestern edge of the 2.5-mile (3.25 km) long, greenish-blue Baranof Lake. Sound of rushing water prevails as the Baranof River enters the lake in view of cabin and a beautiful waterfall cascades over steep slopes across the lake. A small, sandy beach lies in front of cabin with mountain ridges gradually rising to over 3000 feet (915 m) elevation on either side of the lake. Thick vegetation along shoreline and on mountain slopes makes fishing from and hiking along the shore impossible. Warm Springs Bay and the community of Baranof Warm Springs lie just beyond the eastern shores of the lake. Sleeping space in the cabin includes two single-wide bunks built over two double-wide bunks. Suggested USGS topo map: Sitka A-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, long-shaft outboard motor in the 2-10 hp range, fire starter, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cooking stove, lantern, pots, pans, plates, utensils, food, toilet paper, garbage bags. Rubber boots and raingear are recommended. Water is available from the lake or nearby inlet stream. Treat all water before using. Better idea is to bring your own water. Cabin is not maintained during winter. Firewood is provided for the cabin stove but may be in short supply or temporarily out at any time of year. Gather dead and down wood for outdoor fires. Pack out all gear, garbage and food that you bring to cabin. Occasionally poor weather can result in delayed arrivals or extended stays, and cabin users should be prepared for this. 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
Cutthroat trout, Dolly Varden and rainbow trout fishing late July to late August, especially near inlet streams. Open water area are best fished by trolling with artificial “fish-like” lures. Refer to http://www.adfg.alaska.gov for species, permits and regulations.
Sound of rushing water prevails as Baranof River enters lake in view of cabin and beautiful waterfall cascades over steep slopes across lake.