Turner Lake West Cabin

JRD West Turner Lake Cabin

This is a Log Chalet type cabin with beautiful stonework and fireplace. The cabin is situated on Turner Lake, south of Taku Inlet. Terrain around the cabin is rocky and very brushy. Rocks in front of the cabin slope directly to the water. Caution should be taken if children are present. The following is included with the cabin: 2 single wooden bunks, 2 double bunks (total capacity is 6 people), table and benches, oil stove, fireplace, cooking counter, food cupboards and shelves, cooler, log book, broom and dustpan, outhouse, and 2 boats with oars. Water is available from a lake or nearby stream. Treat all water before using. Bring your own fuel for the oil stove (#1 Stove oil), sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cooking stove, lantern, pots, pans, plates, utensils, food, toilet paper, garbage bags, fire extinguisher, fire starter, mosquito netting and personal flotation devices. The cabin is heated by an oil stove, and cabin users requiring heat will be responsible for providing their own fuel. The type of fuel necessary is Number 1 stove oil. Fuel consumption is approximately 1 gallon per day with the stove on low setting (sufficient for 8 hours of heating with an outside temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit).

At a Glance

Reservations: A non-refundable service fee will be added to each reservation by Recreation.gov
Fees: $45/night peak season May 1 – September 30
$45/night non-peak season October 1 – April 30
Refunds are not made if inclement weather conditions or other acts of nature beyond the Forest Service control cause the permittee to not use the shelter at the designated time.
Open Season: 01/01
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Juneau, AK
Water: No
Restroom: Pit Toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: The cabin is approximately 18 miles east of Juneau, at the west end of Turner Lake. Cabin access is via float plane (35 minute flight charge from Juneau) or by boating up the Taku Inlet and then hiking 0.8 mile to Turner Lake. Some areas of Taku Inlet are quite shallow; be sure to check nautical charts and tide tables. Shallow draft boats are recommended. The lake ice thaws in late spring for this lake with high avalanche danger in winter and early spring.

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Cabin Rentals

This site provides cabin camping on a high elevation lake with boating opportunities and stunning views of steep rocky walls.

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

Salt Water Fishing

Dolly Varden are available, brown bear inhabit the area.

Lake and Pond Fishing

Trophy cutthroat trout lake, none of which can be kept & Kokonee can be found. Trail leads to saltwater, and pink salmon & Dolly Varden can be caught up to the barrier falls during the run (usually July-August). Refer to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for regulations. Bears inhabit the area.

Special Designations trophy cutthroat trout lake/ catch and release only
Fishing Mode bank, boat at cabin
Fish Species cutthroat trout
Fishing Method Only unbaited, artificial lures

Viewing Scenery

The cabin is surrounded by steep rocky walls capped with snow and ice. Row or motor around in the boat and see the various views from the lake.
Difficulty Level: Difficult

Boating - Motorized

There are two aluminum flat-bottomed skiffs at this cabin. The access here is by float plane, so if there is room, it's possible to bring an outboard for the skiff. A 20 hp or 25 hp outboard is a good size, though a 10 hp will also work. The 10 hp probably won't get the boat on step with more than two people and light gear in the boat.
Trailer Parking This is a fly-in or hike-in only location with no trailer parking available.
Class of rapids No rapids on the lake, but white water conditions can occur with high winds.
Type of Craft 14' aluminum flat-bottomed boat with oars.
Motor Type 10 hp to 25 hp outboard.
Fuel availability Fuel must be transported in at the time of traveling to the cabin.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Boating - Non-Motorized

There are 2 flat bottomed 14' aluminum skiffs at this cabin. The cabin is accessible by a trail from the saltwater beach. If hiking in without hauling an outboard for the boats, they can still be rowed with the oars provided at the cabin.
Trailer Parking This is a hike in or fly in cabin and so there is no need for trailers, unless boating to the saltwater beach in Taku Inlet and hiking in on the trail to the cabin. Trailer parking for the salt water portion of the trip is available at the Douglas harbor.
Class of rapids There are no rapids on the lake, but white water conditions can occur with high winds.
Type of Craft 14' flat bottom aluminum boat.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

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