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Bakewell Lake Cabin is a remote retreat located in the Tongass National Forest in southeastern Alaska. The site offers a truly rustic wilderness experience. The cabin is accessible only by floatplane or by boat followed by a hike, which means that visitors must be prepared for self-sufficient travel in the backcountry.


The cabin is situated on the north end of Bakewell Lake, which is approximately 40 air miles (64 km) northeast of Ketchikan, Alaska. To reach the lake, most visitors fly in from Ketchikan or another nearby community.


  • Cabin Attributes: The cabin is a simple, traditional A-frame structure. It usually comes equipped with wooden bunks that can sleep up to six people, a table, benches, and a wood stove for heat. The cabin also has an outhouse toilet.
  • Cooking: Visitors must bring their own cooking stove or equipment. Some cabins might have a rudimentary kitchen area.
  • Water and Food Storage: There is no running water or electricity, so visitors must treat water from the lake before drinking. Typically, there's no food storage available outside the cabin, so bear-proof containers may be required.


  • Fishing: Bakewell Lake is popular for fishing. Anglers can expect to catch species such as rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, and Dolly Varden.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The area is rich in wildlife, with opportunities to see animals like black bears, Sitka black-tailed deer, and a variety of birds.
  • Hiking: While there are no developed trails, those adept at navigation can explore the surrounding forest and shorelines.
  • Boating: Visitors can use boats to explore the lake. Keep in mind that boating equipment is not provided with the cabin rental.


  • Booking Method: Reservations are required and can be made up to six months in advance through the U.S. Forest Service's reservation system or through a third-party provider.
  • Fees: There is typically a nightly fee for the cabin, which must be paid at the time of reservation.
  • Cabin Access: Detailed access information is provided upon reservation, as weather can significantly affect travel plans to the site.

Preparation and Safety

  • Weather: The climate is typically wet and cool, with heavy rainfall. Good quality, waterproof gear is essential.
  • Supplies: Visitors must bring all necessary supplies, including food, water purification means, cooking gear, bedding, and emergency equipment.
  • Wildlife Safety: Proper food storage and wildlife safety protocols are a must to avoid attracting bears and other animals.
  • Leave No Trace: Practicing "Leave No Trace" principles is crucial in this wilderness environment to minimize human impact and preserve the area's natural beauty.

Access Restrictions

  • Some areas within the Tongass National Forest might have access restrictions or special rules to protect the environment and wildlife. Be sure to check with the local ranger district for up-to-date information before planning your trip.

Additional Information

For the latest information on the Bakewell Lake Cabin, including current conditions, closures, and restrictions, contact the Ketchikan-Misty Fiords Ranger District or visit the U.S. Forest Service's official website for Tongass National Forest.

Visitors must always inform themselves about the local guidelines for the use of public lands, and be prepared for the unexpected, as remote locations like Bakewell Lake require self-sufficiency and a respect for the wilderness.

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