Salmon Lake Cabin


Salmon Lake Cabin

15' x 20' historic single story, single room structure with a gabled roof, built entirely of cedar on the shore of Salmon Lake in the Karta Wilderness. Hand hewn beams, wooden door hinges, and shake floor combine to make a uniquely attractive wilderness cabin. Surrounded by cedar trees with sandy beach in front. Good fishing: cutthroat, rainbow, Dolly Varden; pink, silver, sockeye salmon. Swimming, beach activities during warmer summer months. 5-mile (8 km) trail to Karta Bay. Hiking to McGilvery Creek and/or Anderson Creek (good fishing streams) possible, but there are no developed trails. Cabin sleeps up to 4, wood stove (wood sometimes provided), axe, maul, splitting wedges, rowboat, outhouse. Bring your own 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.

Fish Your National Forests: This site can be accessed by Other type of access; Fish available include: Salmon, Steelhead, Trout, Native Trout; Types of fishing available include: Shore, Motorized boat, Salt Water; 

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Check in/out at noon
Reservations: Reservations can be made by visiting
Fees $40/night peak season May 1 – September 30
$25/night non-peak season October 1 – April 30
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Thorne Bay, Hollis
Water: No
Restroom: Pit Toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: N shore Salmon Lake, 42 air miles (68 km) NW of Ketchikan, 20 air miles (32 km) from Craig. USGS Map Craig C-2, C-3. Access by float plane or 5-mile (8 km) trail (rated "More Difficult") from salt water.


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Cabin Rentals

Occupancy of Forest Service cabins is by permit only.

Reservation InfoThis 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


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