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ALAVA BAY CABIN, AK

Photo: ALAVA BAY CABIN
Status: Open through Wed Dec 31 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Alava Bay Cabin was built in 1974 and sits on Revillagigedo Island on the southwest side of Alava Bay. This secluded retreat is open year-round and offers opportunities for relaxation, sightseeing and a variety of recreational activities within the Misty Fiords National Monument Wilderness.

The site can be accessed by floatplane, boat or kayak, depending on conditions. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin is backed by old-growth rainforest with a rocky beach nearby. The surrounding landscape features gentle slopes and dense forest. Visitors can look out over Alava Bay from the front deck of the cabin. A small island is nearby, situated between the bay and Behm Canal.

This is often a stop for those exploring Misty Fiords, an area known for its unusual rock formations, steep fjord walls and quiet inlets.

Black and brown bears, wolves, moose, bald eagles and Sitka black-tailed deer are common to this area. Misty Fiords is home to a variety of marine mammals, including orcas, humpback whales, harbor seals and sea lions.

Recreation:

The bay and surrounding area can be explored by kayak, but visitors must bring their own equipment. Navigating the waters here poses a challenge due to tides, merging currents and exposure to open ocean waters (local tide charts).

Opportunities exist for saltwater fishing, hiking and beachcombing. Hunting for Sitka black-tailed deer and black bear is a popular pastime.

Facilities:

This 12x14-ft. pan-abode style cabin sleeps six and comes equipped with two single bunks, two double bunks, a table and benches, broom, wood heater and an outhouse.

The cabin has a front deck and receives plenty of sunshine on clear mornings. A mooring float is available, but it is not for the exclusive use of cabin visitors.

Water and electricity are not provided. Firewood is provided, but visitors are encouraged to contact the Ketchikan-Misty Fiords Ranger District to check the status of the woodshed. Water is available from a nearby creek, but must be treated before being used. It is recommended that visitors bring their own water supply.

Other items to pack include sleeping bags, sleeping pads, food, cookware, plates, utensils, lanterns or flashlights, toilet paper, garbage bags, a fire extinguisher and fire starter. Visitors are expected to pack out trash and clean the cabin before leaving. Click here for more cabin details.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bay Access
  • Beach
  • Beachcombing
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Creek Access
  • Fishing
  • Heater
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Table & Chairs
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • This facility is located in an extremely remote and wild area; before making a reservation, become aware of bear, water, and weather safety (including cold)
  • Recreating in Alaska can present both obvious and hidden dangers; please be aware of your surroundings and be prepared for extended stays due to occasionally poor weather
  • This cabin is in a designated Wilderness area and access by helicopter is illegal
  • Water is not available at the cabin; visitors must bring their own water supply
  • Please pack out all trash and food
  • Use of this cabin by a commercial operator, such as an outfitter or guide, is not allowed
  • High levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) have been reported in this area
  • Click here for more information about Tongass National Forest

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
55.22321, -131.15513
55°13'24"N, 131°9'18"W

The cabin is approximately 20 air miles southeast of Ketchikan on Revillagigedo Island. Accessible by floatplane, kayak or boat with mooring buoy. Navigation is challenging due to tides, merging currents and open ocean waters. Please check tide tables in advance. Refer to USGS Ketchikan A-4.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

ALAVA BAY CABIN

KETCHIKAN/MISTY AK

Phone Number:

Project Office:(907)225-2148