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WILSON VIEW CABIN, AK

Photo: WILSON VIEW CABIN
Status: Open through Wed Dec 31 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Wilson View Cabin is situated on the north end of Wilson Lake approximately 44 air miles east of Ketchikan. The cabin is available year-round and makes an excellent base for experiencing this corner of Alaska with its recreation options, beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife.

The cabin is remote and accessible only by float plane, depending on conditions. This primitive cabin has no electricity, indoor plumbing or cell phone coverage. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin is situated within Misty Fiords National Monument Wilderness on the shore of long and narrow Wilson Lake, which was carved out by glaciers. Cabin visitors can enjoy looking out over the placid lake, which is surrounded by rugged mountain peaks and evergreen forest.

Mountain goat, Sitka black-tailed deer, black bear and brown bear are common to the area (bear safety). A variety of birds may be seen in and around Wilson Lake.

Recreation:

Wilson Lake is an angler's paradise, offering excellent cutthroat trout, Dolly Varden and kokanee salmon fishing at the lake outlet.

A 14-foot aluminum skiff with oars is provided for rowing around the lake, but visitors must provide their own life jackets.

Facilities:

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, cleaning equipment and an oil stove for heat. An outhouse is located nearby.

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 Wilson 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 (more cabin details).

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Beach
  • Birding
  • Boating
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cleaning Equipment
  • Cooking Area
  • Fishing
  • Heating Stove
  • Lake Access
  • 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 is the Wilson View Cabin located at the inlet of Wilson Lake at the north end of the lake, not to be confused with Wilson Narrows Cabin located on the south end of the lake
  • No drinking water is available at the cabin
  • Please pack out all gear, trash and food and clean cabin before leaving
  • 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, and access by helicopter is illegal
  • Same day reservations allowed for this cabin
  • The person holding the reservation for this cabin must be at least 18 years of age and must be a member of the party using the cabin
  • There are no discounts for Golden Age/Access Passports for Alaska cabin rentals
  • Learn more about the Tongass National Forest

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
55.54028, -130.52333
55°32'25"N, 130°31'24"W

Approximately 44 miles east of Ketchikan on the mainland, north of Wilson Arm. Cabin is located at the north end of Wilson Lake. Accessible by float plane only. This cabin is in a designated Wilderness area, and access by helicopter is illegal. Refer to USGS map Ketchikan B-2 and C-2.

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 Fiords Ranger District at (907) 225-2148 for information prior to making reservations during these periods.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

WILSON VIEW CABIN

KETCHIKAN/MISTY AK

Phone Number:

Project Office:(907)225-2148