Popular Goose Bay Cabin to reopen in Prince William Sound Contest to award free two-night stay

Release Date: Oct 18, 2021

The Chugach National Forest is reopening its newly reconstructed Goose Bay Cabin in Prince William Sound on Oct. 22 and sponsoring a contest for a free, two-night stay next summer. 

The Forest Service closed the original cabin in 2012 after it was irreparably damaged by extreme snow loading. The new A-frame cabin sits just yards away from a pristine inlet in Goose Bay and is accessible by boat or seaplane. It was designed to withstand heavy snow loads and other extreme environmental conditions. Inside, guests will find similar features of other Forest Service cabins: multiple wooden bunks, a spacious table, chairs, sleeping loft, and kerosene heater.

The public may reserve the cabin up to six months in advance at Recreation.gov for $50 per night.  Guests must coordinate their own transportation and provide their own amenities.

The construction of the cabin was made possible through a partnership between the Chugach NF and the National Forest Foundation, the congressionally chartered nonprofit organization to the U.S. Forest Service. The NFF contracted with Backcountry Builders, LLC from Cooper Landing to build the cabin which was funded by Rasmuson Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service through the Alaska Forest Fund.

Grand Re-Opening Poetry Contest

To mark the cabin’s re-opening and celebrate its picturesque location within the Prince William Sound, the Chugach National Forest is sponsoring a nature-inspired poetry contest, where the winner will receive a free, two-night stay at the cabin between June 15 and Sept. 15, 2022. 

To enter, participants* must submit a couplet of verse that speaks to the special character of Prince William Sound. A couplet consists of two lines of verse, usually in the same meter and generally joined by rhyme, that form a unit. 


In this short Life that only lasts an hour
How much – how little- is within our power  
~ Emily Dickinson

Contest submissions must include:

  • An original, not previously published ** couplet
  • Full Name
  • Email address & phone number

Email submissions to mailroom_r10_chugach@usda.gov
Please include “Goose Bay Cabin Contest” on the Subject line of the email
Submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. Alaska Time, Nov. 12, 2021

The winning couplet will be chosen based on its originality and how well it captures the special character of Prince William Sound. The Forest Service will contact the winner to coordinate the free stay.***

* Contest open to members of the public 18 and older. Forest Service employees and their families are not eligible to participate. 
** Previously published verse from other authors will not be considered. 
*** Prize covers cabin rental fee only. Winner is responsible for transportation and any other costs.