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Camping at Anan Bay Cabin Campground

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Introduction to Anan Bay Cabin Campground

Anan Bay Cabin Campground is a remote retreat located within the Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in the United States, which encompasses the southeastern region of Alaska. This campground offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the wilderness and observe wildlife, particularly bears that are drawn to the area during salmon spawning season.

Reservations and Permits

Reservations: Due to its popularity, especially during the peak season, it's essential to reserve the Anan Bay Cabin well in advance. Reservations can often be made through the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Recreation Reservation System or through their official website.

Permits: A special permit may be required to visit the Anan Wildlife Observatory during peak bear viewing season, typically from July 5th to August 25th. Separate from the cabin reservation, these permits are limited to manage the number of people at the observatory for safety and conservation reasons.

Access to the Cabin

Transportation: The cabin is not accessible by road. Visitors typically reach it by floatplane or boat. You must arrange transportation independently, as there is no public transportation to this remote site.

Location: Precise location details and navigation aids should be acquired before embarking on the trip. GPS coordinates or detailed maps can facilitate travel in this remote area.

Facilities and Amenities

Cabin Features: The cabin at Anan Bay is a simple structure, typically with bunks that accommodate multiple visitors, a table, benches, and a wood stove for heating. Visitors must bring their own bedding, such as sleeping bags, as well as their own wood or fuel.

No Utilities: Running water and electricity are not available. Guests must bring their own drinking water or be prepared to treat water obtained from nearby natural sources.

Toilet Facilities: The campground usually provides an outhouse or similar type of non-flush toilet facility.

Safety Concerns

Bears: Anan Bay is renowned for bear watching; hence bear safety is paramount. Store food and scented items in bear-proof containers and understand bear behavior and safety precautions to avoid dangerous encounters.

Weather: Southeast Alaska’s weather can be unpredictable with rain and temperature fluctuations. Suitable clothing and gear are vital to ensure comfort and safety.

Tides: Access to the cabin may be tide-dependent. You should be aware of the local tide schedules for safe travel and cabin access.

Leave No Trace

Practicing “Leave No Trace” principles is important to maintain the pristine nature of the Tongass National Forest. Pack out what you pack in, dispose of waste properly, and minimize the impact on the natural surroundings.


Experiencing Anan Bay Cabin Campground in the Tongass National Forest can be an unforgettable adventure. Preparing thoroughly by understanding the requirements for reservations, permits, and safety, and respecting the environment will help ensure a successful and enjoyable trip. Always check the current regulations and conditions with the U.S. Forest Service before planning your visit.

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