Karta River Cabin


Karta River Cabin

Pan Abode cedar log cabin (12'x14') with large porch at mouth of Karta River and edge of bay. Trailhead to 5.5 mile Karta Trail into Karta Wilderness begins by cabin. Floatplanes and boats may land in front of cabin at any time. During sockeye salmon season, people gather at mouth of river to subsistence fish, often process and smoke fish on site. Area is rich with cultural history. Mining communities and native homesteaders proliferated in Karta Bay from 1900-1905. Ducks, shorebirds. Harbor seals, sea lions, sea otters, whales. Abundant black-tailed deer, bald eagles, black bears, beaver, otters, marten, mink, and weasels. Cabin sleeps up to 5, oil stove (#1 diesel, not provided), outhouse. Bring your own #1 diesel (highest setting = 0.2 gal/hour), sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cooking stove, lantern, pots, pans, plates, utensils, food, toilet paper, garbage bags, fire starter. It's a good idea to bring your own water. Please take your fuel container with you when you leave.

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: Mouth of Karta River, 34 air miles (87 km) NW of Ketchikan, 22 air miles (35 km) from Craig. Float plane or boat from open ocean. Best to arrive at high tide (see Ketchikan tide tables). USGS Map Craig C-2.


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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


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