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Sportsman Cabin


Sportsmen Cabin

This is a small hunter-style cabin that sits under a canopy of trees 200' (61 m) back from the beach.. It has sleeping space for up to 6 people. Facilities: 2 single wooden bunks, 2 double wooden bunks, Broom, Axe and maul, Wood stove, Wood, Table and benches, Outhouse, Cooking counter, Skiff with oars. Water is available from the lake. Treat all water before using. Bring your own personal flotation devices, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cooking stove, lantern, pots, pans, plates, utensils, food, toilet paper, garbage bags, fire extinguisher, and fire starter. Please follow the oil stove directions carefully. Cabin users may also choose to bring a small outboard motor (less than 10 horsepower due to wilderness regulations). You are in brown bear country. This is 1 of 2 cabins on the lake (the other is the Distin Shelter cabin). Distin Lake is part of the Cross Admiralty Canoe route. There are 2 short portage trails on the lake and a 3-mile (5 km) trail to Thayer Lake from the other cabin. If you look carefully you will find some of the original CCC trail construction on the Thayer Lake and Davidson portages. Use at the cabin is low. A small boat at the nearby Guerin Lake shelter provides an opportunity to explore another lake.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: CLOSURE NOTICE: Sportsman Cabin has been stuck by a fallen tree and will be unavailable until further notice. 05/31/17
Reservations: A non-refundable service fee will be added to each reservation by Recreation.gov
Fees $40/night peak season May 1 – September 30
$35/night non-peak season October 1 – April 30
Permit Info: Yes
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Juneau
Water: Non-Potable Water
Restroom: Pit
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: Located 50 air miles south of Juneau, in the central portion of Admiralty Island. Cabin is on the north side of Distin Lake. Access by floatplane or canoe and portage from nearby lakes. This cabin is in a designated wilderness area and access is illegal by helicopter. One-way flight time from Juneau is approximately 35 minutes. It is 8 miles by canoe and portage to Mitchell Bay. Suggested USGS topo maps: Sitka C-1, C-2.


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Cabin Rentals

Occupancy of Forest Service cabins is by permit only. Reservations may be made up to 180 days in advance by calling 1-877-444-6777 (518-885-3639 overseas) or via internet at www.recreation.gov. 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.

Reservation Info 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
Size RestrictionsMax no of people - 6


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