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Overview of Anan Lake Cabin Campground

Anan Lake Cabin Campground is a remote recreational site located within the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, the largest national forest in the United States. This campground provides a unique outdoor experience for visitors looking to enjoy the wilderness of southeast Alaska. It's important for campers to be prepared for a rustic experience, as facilities are minimal and access can be challenging.

Location and Access

Anan Lake Cabin is situated near Anan Lake on the mainland east of Wrangell, Alaska. The cabin can only be reached by floatplane, which typically takes 30 minutes from Wrangell. Boats can also be used to reach the cabin, but they must navigate the Stikine River and up the Anan Bay to the trailhead, followed by a 1/2-mile portage to the lake. It's important to plan the trip according to the weather and transportation schedules.

Facilities and Amenities

  • Cabin Features: The Anan Lake Cabin is a traditional Pan-Abode log cabin that can accommodate up to 6 people. It is equipped with wooden bunks, a table, benches, and a wood stove for heat. A cooking area is also available.
  • Outdoor Facilities: Outside the cabin, there is a pit toilet, a campfire ring (though firewood is not provided), and sometimes a rowboat with oars may be available for use on the lake.
  • Water and Food: Visitors must bring their own food and drinking water or have the means to purify lake water. There is no running water or electricity at the cabin.

Recreational Opportunities

  • Fishing: Anglers can enjoy fishing for rainbow trout and Dolly Varden in Anan Lake. Fishing licenses are required.
  • Wildlife Viewing: This area is known for wildlife including brown and black bears, especially at the nearby Anan Wildlife Observatory, which is famous for its bear viewing opportunities during salmon runs.
  • Hiking and Exploring: There are trails for hiking and exploring around the lake, though they may be rough and not well maintained.
  • Boating: Visitors who bring or borrow the rowboat can paddle around Anan Lake, enjoying the scenery and quiet surroundings.

Reservations and Fees

  • Availability: The cabin is typically available from spring through fall, and reservations are required.
  • Booking: Reservations can be made through the National Recreation Reservation System (Recreation.gov), and it is advised to book well in advance due to the popularity of the site.
  • Fees: There is a nightly fee for staying in the cabin, which must be paid at the time of reservation.

Safety and Regulations

  • Bear Country: Since this is bear country, visitors need to be bear-aware, store food securely, and keep a clean camp to avoid attracting wildlife.
  • Leave No Trace: Campers are expected to follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize their impact on the environment.
  • Personal Safety: Preparation for insect protection, changing weather, and self-rescue in case of emergencies is crucial as the area is remote and there's limited to no cell service.
  • Fishing Regulations: Familiarize yourself with local fishing regulations and catch limits.

Conclusion

Anan Lake Cabin Campground in the Tongass National Forest offers a serene, secluded experience for outdoor enthusiasts. Prior planning, respect for nature, and adherence to all safety recommendations are essential for a successful and memorable visit.

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