Three Lakes Shelter

Constructing Three Lakes Shelter. The Three Lakes Loop Trail will take you to the Three Lakes Shelter. Approaching the shelter from the Three Lakes Loop Trail. Looking into Three Lakes Shelter from in front. View of Shelter Lake from the Three Lakes Shelter.


The historic Three Lakes Shelter on Mitkof Island, located 14 miles southeast of Petersburg, was dismantled and rebuilt in 2006. The Adirondack-style shelter was originally built in 1938 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, a program created in 1933 as part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal. The shelter is accessible via the Three Lakes Loop Trail system and consists of a pole frame that is enclosed on three sides with cedar shakes.


Site connection to the National Historic Preservation Act

Eligible to the National Register of Historic Places and a preservation plan was developed following Section 106 procedures to rehabilitate the shelter in 2006.


MP3 File Logo Site Overview

Read aloud by the Juneau Community Charter School 4/5 grade class.


For more information:

Forest Service celebrates Historic Preservation Act anniversary with Three Lakes picnic
Gina Esposito interview on ​K-FSK Community Radio

July 15th celebration flyer  (PDF)

Three Lakes Shelter's Historic Restoration (PDF)

Three Lakes Shelter Preservation Project (126mb PDF)

Three Lakes Shelter information

Trailhead information

Summer 2016 Tongass Archaeology Notes (PDF)

Three Lakes Shelter hosts picnic celebration (Petersburg Pilot article)

Petersburg Ranger District, community celebrate Three Lakes Shelter (K-FSK Community Radio article)


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