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KOKNUK CABIN, AK

Photo: KOKNUK CABIN
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Koknuk Cabin was built in 1963 and is located on the west side of Sergief Island, on the Stikine River delta. The cabin is available for year-round recreational use and relaxation in Alaska's beautiful Inside Passage, and it makes an ideal base camp for exploring the surrounding Stikine-LeConte Wilderness.

The site can only be accessed by a shallow draft boat, depending on conditions. The tide must be a minimum of 16 feet in order to access the cabin. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin is situated in the fringe between tide flats and the alder and willow trees. The surrounding area is relatively flat with grass, shrubs, willow and alder growing on the tide flats. Wildflowers are prominent in May and June.

This area is home to brown and black bears, bald eagles, hawks and moose (bear safety information). The Stikine River tidal flats are a major stopover spot for waterfowl and shorebirds during the spring and fall migrations.

Recreation:

The waters around the cabin are ideal for exploring by kayak or canoe during high tide. The Forest Service does not provide boats, and guests must also bring their own flotation devices. Tide tables should be consulted before any boating excursion.

Facilities:

This 12-by-14 cabin (pan-abode style) has two single and two double bunks to sleep up to four people. The cabin also has a table and benches, broom, an oil stove for heat and an outhouse toilet. A wooden cooler box is attached to the cabin for food storage.

Water and electricity are not provided. Water is available from a catchment, 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 No.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
  • Birding
  • Boating
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Canoeing
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Heater
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Outhouse
  • River Access
  • Table & Chairs
  • 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
  • Water is not available at the cabin; guests must bring their own water supply or be prepared to 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
  • This cabin is in a designated wilderness area; access by helicopter is illegal
  • Click here for more information about Tongass National Forest

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
56.58944, -132.43444
56°35'22"N, 132°26'4"W

Koknuk Cabin is located on the west side of Sergief Island, on the Stikine River delta.

The cabin is accessible by shallow draft boat only, 10 miles from Wrangell or 8 miles from the boat ramp on the south end of Mitkof Island. Tides affect access. Boat access requires a tide of 16 feet or higher, plus a short walk to the cabin. Please consult local tide tables.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

KOKNUK CABIN

TONGASS/WRANGELL AK

Phone Number:

Project Office:(907)874-2323