Softuk Bar Cabin

Area Status: Open

A 12 x 14-foot rustic cabin.

Sleeps 6, table, wood stove, oil stove, splitting maul, saw, rainwater catchment barrel, outhouse.

No running water, electricity, mattress or bedding, cooking utensils, cut firewood or stove oil.

At a Glance

Reservations: Cabin reservations can be made by calling 1-877-444-6777 (518-885-3639 overseas)  or visiting Cabin reservations (check-in  & check out time) are from noon to noon.
Fees: Per night prices range from $50-60 (2018 prices) depending on season. Cabin fees are based on non-peak/peak season. Seasons vary by cabin. A non-refundable service fee will be added to each reservation by
Closest Towns: Cordova
Water: rainwater barrel
Restroom: outhouse
Information Center:

Cordova Ranger District
P.O.Box 280, Cordova, AK 99574
(907) 424-7661

General Information


Cabin is located 45 miles southeast of Cordova on Softuk Bar on the Gulf of Alaska. Access by wheel plane only at low tide (25 mins. from Cordova). Please consult local tide tables. Click here for local tide information. (Click Predictions for Wingham Island, Controller Bay in the Gulf of Alaska.) Refer to USGS topographic map Cordova A-2.

Located on the beach berm in alder and spruce. Adjacent to long, wide sand beach on the Gulf of Alaska.

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General Notes:

The old townsite of Katalla is about four miles east of the cabin. This was the first place oil was drilled in Alaska with the first production well drilled in 1902. There aren’t too many relics left from the oil drilling days and no original buildings are standing. Most of the townsite and drilling areas are on private land. There is an old graveyard in a dismal stand of Sitka spruce on the eastern shore of Lake Kahuntla. It’s kind of hard to find, but it’s worth searching for. I’ll give you a hint – it’s surrounded on three sides by swamps – take your hip boots. If you hike toward Katalla, there’s a rocky point (Cape Martin) that is difficult to cross at high tide, so check the tide tables.

Inclement weather conditions may cause an extension of your trip during any time of the year and winter access can be difficult due to snow and ice conditions. Bring extra supplies to last 2-5 days. Bring initial supply of water. Boil surface water 5 minutes before drinking. Bringing a personal cooking stove is recommended. Remember to pack out your trash. You can contact a U.S. Forest Service office to receive more detailed information on safety precautions.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



Potential for glass floats...

Cabin Rentals

Occupancy of Forest Service cabins is by permit only ($35 per night per party). Reservations may be made up to 180 days in advance by calling (877)444-6777 toll free, (518)885-3639 for overseas or via internet at

Reservation required?: Y

Salt Water Fishing

Salmon and razor clams. If you go clamming, read up on paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) and current regulations for size and quantity limits. Cases from eating razor clams are relatively rare, but they do occur. Also, think seriously about how many clams you want to clean. Digging razor clams is addictive (Just one more!), but the fun is over when you’ve been sitting on the porch shucking clams and swatting no-see-ums for two hours and still have half a bucket to go.

Fees: For sport fishing regulations visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game web page at Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Permit required?: Y

River and Stream Fishing

Pink Salmon
Coho Salmon
Mid July - Mid August
Mid August - Mid September

The Softuk Cabin is on a long sandy beach on the Gulf of Alaska. The area is not well known for its fishing, but there is a small run of coho salmon in the lagoon behind the cabin. Some people report getting good coho action on the high tides in the latter part of August. About two miles east, past Cape Martin, there’s a stream with a run of pink salmon that starts in mid-July. However, the last time I was down that way, a brown bear sow and her three cubs were already fishing there, so we decided not to crowd them.

Fees: For sport fishing regulations visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game web page at Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Permit required?: Y

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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