Manzanita Lake Cabin

Area Status: Open
Manzanita Lake Cabin Front View

Manzanita Lake Cabin is located on the scenic northwest arm of Manzanita Lake approximately 28 miles northeast of Ketchikan on Revillagigedo Island. The cabin offers recreational and wildlife viewing opportunities and makes an excellent base for experiencing this corner of Alaska. Constructed in 1973, the 12x14-ft. pan-abode style cabin can accommodate 6 people with 2 single bunks and 2 double bunks. Other amenities include a table with benches, a cooking counter, food storage, broom and an oil stove for heat. An outhouse is located nearby.

The cabin is located about 100 yards from the lake shore beside a spectacular series of cascading waterfalls. Visitors can also enjoy views of steep granite walls and snow-capped peaks. The cabin is surrounded by large old-growth spruce, hemlock and cedar.

The Misty Fjords Monument Wilderness supports a diverse variety of wildlife. Mountain goats, bears, deer, moose and bald eagles make their home here (bear safety). Many species of birds may be seen in or around the lake, and visitors may catch a glimpse of beavers in the area.

Manzanita Lake Cabin Side View Manzanita Lake Cabin Waterfall View Manzanita Lake Cabin Interior View Stove Manzanita Lake Cabin Interior View Bunks

At a Glance

Reservations: A non-refundable service fee will be added to each reservation by
Fees: $75/night peak season May 1 – September 30
$60/night non-peak season October 1 – April 30
Open Season: April
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Ketchikan
Water: No
Restroom: Toilet (2)
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

General Notes:

Drinking water and heating oil are not provided. Visitors must bring their own supply of drinking water and #1 diesel oil or kerosene (approximately 5 gallons per week). Water is also available from a nearby stream or the lake (water safety).

Visitors should also bring sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cooking gear, lanterns or flashlights, food, toilet paper, garbage bags, a fire extinguisher and fire starter. Rain gear and boots are recommended. Visitors are expected to pack out their trash, gear and food and clean the cabin before leaving.


The cabin is located approximately 28 miles northeast of Ketchikan on Revillagigedo Island on the northwest arm of Manzanita Lake and is accessible by float plane or canoe. In fall, winter, and early spring, the cabin may be inaccessible due to frozen lake surface (float planes cannot land). Please contact the Ketchikan-Misty Fjords Ranger District at (907) 225-2148 for information prior to making reservations during these periods. Refer to USGS Ketchikan C-4.

This cabin is in a designated Wilderness area, and access by helicopter is illegal.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Cabin Rentals

Salt Water Fishing

Enjoy fishing for ocean fish and crabbing in the waters near this shelter
Fish Species Pink Salmon, Rockfish, Dungeness Crab
Fishing Mode Boat
Special Designations Refer to AK fishing regulations at for bag limits and special restrictions that may apply

Lake and Pond Fishing

A 14-foot aluminum skiff with oars is provided for rowing around the lake, but visitors must provide their own life jackets. Visitors can row over and explore the nearby stream inlet delta.

The lake offers excellent fishing for cutthroat trout, Dolly Varden and kokanee salmon. Sitka black-tailed deer and black bear hunting is possible with a permit.

Permit required?: Y

Day Hiking

Small Game Hunting

Viewing Wildlife

Viewing Scenery

Cabin looks out on scenic Manzanita Bay, Behm Canal and mainland mountains

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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