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Alert : As of December 6, 2013, the mooring buoy at Piper Island Cabin is not in place for cabin users. It is uncertain when it will be located and moved back in place.

PIPER ISLAND CABIN, AK

Photo: PIPER ISLAND CABIN
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Piper Island Cabin is located on a small island within Fish Bay, 30 miles north of Sitka, Alaska on Baranof Island. The modified A-frame cabin is available year-round, weather permitting, and was built in 1994 by volunteers from the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station and a group of local Sitka volunteers.

This is a remote site. The cabin can be accessed only by boat or floatplane. From Sitka, it's a 1.5 hour boat ride or a 20-minute plane ride. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin sits just inside the forest fringe of Piper Island, overlooking a sandy beach within Schulze Cove, located on the north side of Fish Bay. Brown bear frequent the area.

Recreation:

Recreational opportunities include beachcombing along the sandy beach, wildlife viewing, saltwater fishing, crabbing and seasonal deer hunting.

For information about fishing and hunting permits and seasons, visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website.

Facilities:

The 16 by 16-ft wood, modified A-frame cabin can accommodate up to seven people. An open sleeping loft, reached by vertical ladder, offers no bunks but overlooks the dining area below. The main level of the cabin contains one double plywood bunk and one single plywood bunk. An oil stove for heat, a table with benches, a cooking counter, broom and an outhouse toilet are provided. A large skylight offers natural light over the dining area.

The cabin does not include heating oil, mattresses or cooking utensils. Visitors should bring #1 diesel fuel (generally 10 gallons for a three-day stay, more or less depending on the time of year), sleeping bags and pads, a cooking stove, pots, pans, plates, utensils, food, toilet paper, a lantern, garbage bags, fire extinguisher and fire starter. Rain gear and boots are recommended.

No water source is available on Piper Island. The closest water source is from a stream on Baranof Island, about a half-mile from the cabin by boat. Treat all water before using. Visitors should bring their own supply of water.

A mooring buoy is available for boat anchorage on first-come, first-served basis. The cabin reservation does not include exclusive use of the buoy. Mooring buoys are configured using a 4200-lb concrete block with 90 feet of 7/8th-inch stud link chain. Mariners are responsible for determining how suitable an anchoring system is for the size of their craft.

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Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Beach Access
  • Beachcombing
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cooking Area
  • Crabbing
  • Fishing
  • Heating Stove
  • Outhouse
  • Table & Benches
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Hunting
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
  • No boat is provided at this cabin
  • No water source at this site; visitors must provide their own water or have boat access to a water source 1/2-mile away on Baranof Island; boil or treat all water before drinking
  • The cabin is not maintained during the winter
  • Firewood is not provided for outdoor campfires; gather dead and down wood only
  • All garbage and food must be packed out
  • For boat or air charters, contact the Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau at 907-747-5940 or online
  • Click here to learn more about Tongass National Forest

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
57.39167, -135.59389
57°23'30"N, 135°35'38"W

Accessible year round by floatplane or boat, weather permitting. Located 30 miles north of Sitka within Schulze Cove, on the north side of Fish Bay, the northwest coast of Baranof Island. From Sitka, boat access is 90 minutes, air access is 20 minutes. For geographic features surrounding the cabin, refer to USGS topographic map Sitka B-5.

Please consult local tide tables before departing for the cabin.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

PIPER ISLAND CABIN

TONGASS/SITKA AK

Phone Number:

Project Office:(907)747-6671