Red Bay Lake Cabin

Red Bay Lake Cabin

15' X 17' 2-story Pan-Abode log cabin nestled among old growth spruce and cedar on the shore of Red Bay Lake. Cabin offers spectacular view of Red Bay Mountain's limestone cliffs and great wildlife watching. Sport fishing in Red Bay Creek drainage. Cabin gets full sun. Limestone caves in vicinity of Red Bay. Loons common. Cabin sleeps 8 with 2 bunks and large sleeping loft, wood stove (wood sometimes provided), outhouse, rowboat. Bring your own personal flotation devices, 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.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Check in/out at noon
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
Open Season: May
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Whale Pass
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: Red Bay Lake, 40 air miles (64 km) from Wrangell, 55 miles (61 km) from Craig, 84 miles (113 km) from Ketchikan. Float plane; 3.5 hour drive from Hollis or 2 hours from Thorne Bay on Road #20 with difficult .8-mile (1.3 km) hike to boat at trailhead on lake, then 1.5 mile (2.4 km) row to cabin. USGS Map Petersburg A-4, B-4.


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

Lake and Pond Fishing

Access lake from hiking trail from road, or fish in front of cabin. Two rowboats provided at trailhead.
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 or shore
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

Viewing Wildlife

View waterfowl from the cabin front porch or while boating around the lake.
Species Mergansers, loons, and other waterfowl
Difficulty Level: Easy

Viewing Scenery

See some of the largest red cedar trees on Prince of Wales Island by exploring around Red Bay Cabin. The lake is lined with old growth spruce, hemlock and cedar trees with dense understory of brush. The vertical wall of Red Bay Mountain (3,042 feet) and surrounding limestone peaks are visible from cabin.
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Boating - Non-Motorized

Visitors can pack in their own canoe or kayak, or use the skiff provided to access the Red Bay Lake Cabin. Fishing, hunting, and wildlife viewing are all good options from the watercraft, and users can pack in their own small outboard motor for the skiff.

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