Karta Lake Cabin

Karta Lake Cabin

Pan Abode cedar log cabin (12'x12') on Karta Lake in the Karta Wilderness. Nestled in a mature second growth forest of spruce, hemlock, and cedar with surrounding views of snow-capped peaks. Connected to Karta Wilderness Trail. Fishing, hiking, and wildlife watching popular. Winter and spring steelhead runs. Cutthroat, rainbow trout, dolly Varden, 4 species of salmon. Sitka black-tailed deer, wolves, black bear, otter, mink, marten common. Heavy concentration of ducks, shore birds. Cabin sleeps 6, tiny wood stove which accommodates BioBricks (usually readily available from local retailers), outhouse, rowboat. Bring your own BioBlocks, flotation devices, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cooking stove, lantern, pots, pans, plates, utensils, food, toilet paper, garbage bags, and fire starter. It's a good idea to bring your own water. Please take your fuel container with you when you leave. Practice Leave No Trace principals in this unique Wilderness.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Check in/out at noon
Reservations: www.recreation.gov
A $9 reservation fee will be added to each reservation.
Fees: $55/night peak season May 1 – September 30
$35/night non-peak season October 1 – April 30
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Thorne Bay, Hollis
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: Located on the north shore of Karta Lake, 34 air miles (87 km) NW of Ketchikan, 22 miles (35 km) from Craig. Accessible by float plane or boat and 1.5 mile (2.4 km) trail (rated More Difficult) from Karta Bay.


Cabin Rentals

Occupancy of Forest Service cabins is by permit only.

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

Lake and Pond Fishing

Fish in lake in front of cabin, rowboat provided.
Special Designations Catch-and-release fishing is encouraged for steelhead and cutthroat as wild populations are fragile in many waters throughout the area.
Fishing Mode Boat
Fish Species Silver salmon, sockeye salmon, pink salmon, dolly Varden, steelhead trout, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout
Water Temperature Mixed cold/warm
Fishing Method Fly or lure


Backpack from Karta Bay to Salmon Lake on the Karta River Trail. This 5 mile trail offers hikers opportunities to travel from the saltwater bay to a large remote lake in the Karta River Wilderness Area. Crossing Piggyback Creek, between Karta Lake and Salmon Lake, may be difficult during high water periods.
Elevation desc 500 feet
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Big Game Hunting

Wildlife includes Sitka black-tailed deer, black bears and wolves. Hunting for these species in designated seasons. Review Alaska Department of Fish and Game hunting and fishing regulations.

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