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General Description

Appleton Cove Cabin Campground is one of the many cabins available for reservation in Tongass National Forest, which is the largest national forest in the United States. Tongass National Forest spans across southeastern Alaska and is known for its temperate rainforests, towering mountains, and extensive waterways.

The Appleton Cove Cabin provides a rustic camping experience in a remote setting, suitable for those looking to enjoy solitude, fishing, wildlife viewing, and hiking.

Location

The Appleton Cove Cabin is situated on Baranof Island, which is part of the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska. Access is typically by floatplane or boat, as the cabin is remote and not accessible by road.

Facilities and Amenities

  • Cabin Structure: Usually, the cabin is a simple, one-room wooden structure with bunk beds or sleeping platforms to accommodate a certain number of guests.
  • Heating: A wood or oil stove may be provided for heating.
  • Cooking: There may be a table and benches, with some form of cooking surface, such as a wood stove or outside grill.
  • Water: Drinking water is not provided, and visitors must either bring their own or be prepared to treat water from natural sources.
  • Toilet: Typically, there is an outhouse or pit toilet located nearby.

Activities

Visitors to the Appleton Cove Cabin Campground can engage in multiple activities which might include:

  • Fishing: The waters around Baranof Island are known for salmon, halibut, and trout fishing.
  • Hiking: There may be trails or undeveloped routes for hikers to explore the surrounding forest and coastline.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The area is home to a variety of wildlife, including bears, eagles, and whales.
  • Kayaking and Boating: The sheltered waters of the cove can be ideal for kayaking or using small boats.

Reservations

  • Booking: Reservations for Appleton Cove Cabin are typically required and can be made through the USDA Forest Service’s website or a partner reservation system.
  • Fees: There is usually a nightly fee for using the cabin, which varies depending on the size and amenities.
  • Occupancy: Specific rules about the maximum number of occupants and the length of stay will apply.

Important Regulations

  • Wildlife Caution: As with all cabins in bear country, it is essential to store food and attractants properly.
  • Leave No Trace: Visitors are expected to follow 'Leave No Trace' principles, packing out all trash and leaving the cabin clean for the next users.
  • Pets: Policies regarding pets can vary, so it’s important to check the specific rules for Appleton Cove Cabin.

Access Considerations

  • Travel: Due to the remote location, weather can significantly affect travel plans. Campers should be prepared for delays and have contingency plans.
  • Safety: Visitors should be self-sufficient and prepared to handle emergencies on their own as immediate assistance may not be available.

Additional Resources

For the most current and detailed information, prospective campers should contact the Forest Service Ranger District in Sitka, Alaska, or visit the Tongass National Forest website, where they can find specific cabin details, maps, regulations, and updates about the condition of the cabin and access routes.

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