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BERG BAY CABIN, AK

Photo: BERG BAY CABIN
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Berg Bay Cabin is a rustic cabin built in 1965. It is available year-round and offers opportunities for a variety of recreational activities, including fishing, crabbing and hiking. Its secluded location within Alaska's Inside Passage makes it an ideal retreat for those in search of a back country experience.

The site can be accessed by float plane or boat, 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 sits on a gentle slope overlooking Berg Bay, Blake Channel and the mountains beyond. The surrounding rainforest is primarily Sitka spruce and western hemlock with scattered cedar and muskeg. The nearby Aaron Creek tide flats have extensive grass sedges and wildflowers.

This area is habitat for brown and black bears, moose, sea otters, grouse, ptarmigan and waterfowl (bear safety information). Mountain goats can sometimes be spotted on the surrounding ridges.

Recreation:

Hikers have access to two trails. The 4-mile Aaron Creek Trail extends from Berg Bay to Berg Creek. Berg Creek Trail is an unmaintained 4-mile trail that leads from the mouth of Berg Creek to Berg Basin.

Aaron and Oerns Creeks offer opportunities to fish for pink salmon from mid-July to mid-August, silver and chum salmon from August to September and steelhead in April and May. Crabbing is possible in Berg Bay and in saltwater in front of Aaron Creek tidal flats.

Guests can bring canoes or kayaks to explore around Berg Bay. The entrance to Berg Bay is shallow and may dry out at low tide, so local tide charts should be consulted before taking any boating excursion in the area.

Facilities:

This 16-by-16 cabin (A-frame style) has two single bunks (one with a trundle bed) and a second-floor loft, to accommodate up to seven people. The cabin also has a table with benches, oil stove (No.1 oil required), a fire grill, broom, mooring float and outhouse toilet. The partially covered front porch has a wooden cooler box for food storage.

Water and electricity are not provided. Water is available from a small stream next to the cabin, but guests should be sure to treat water before drinking or cooking with it (water safety tips). It is recommended that guests bring their own water supply.

Heating oil is not supplied by the Forest Service. In addition to bringing a supply of #1 stove oil, guests should pack sleeping bags, sleeping pads, a cooking stove, lanterns or flashlights, cookware, plates, utensils, food, toilet paper, garbage bags, a fire extinguisher and matches, among other necessities. Guests 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
  • Berry Picking
  • Birding
  • Boating
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Canoeing
  • Crabbing
  • Creek Access
  • Fishing
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Grills
  • Heater
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Outhouse
  • Trails
  • 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
  • Tides affect access to the cabin
  • There is no cell phone service at the cabin
  • Water is not available at the cabin; guests must bring their own water supply or treat water from natural sources
  • 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):
56.36444, -132.00472
56°21'52"N, 132°0'17"W

This cabin is located on the mainland along the north shore of Berg Bay, east of Blake Channel and near the mouth of Aaron Creek.

The cabin can be accessed by boat (22 miles) or by float plane (15 miles) from Wrangell. If arriving by boat, please be aware of the shallow entrance into the bay and arrange to arrive at high tide (click here for local tide tables).

A 25-foot mooring float anchored in the bay is for use by cabin guests only.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

BERG BAY CABIN
P.O. BX 51
WRANGELL AK 99929-0051

Phone Number:

Project Office:(907)874-2323