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Camping at Berners Bay Cabin Campground

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Overview of Berners Bay Cabin Campground

Berners Bay Cabin Campground is located in the Tongass National Forest, which is the largest national forest in the United States covering most of Southeast Alaska. The campground features a rustic cabin that provides a unique experience for visitors looking to enjoy unparalleled outdoor recreation while being surrounded by the scenic beauty of Alaska's wilderness.

Reservations and Access


  • Cabin reservations are required and can typically be made up to six months in advance.
  • They are managed through the Recreation.gov website, where you can check availability and book your stay.
  • Due to the popularity of the cabins, it’s advisable to plan ahead and book early, especially during peak seasons.


  • Access to the cabin can vary depending on its exact location within Berners Bay.
  • Common modes of transportation include boat, floatplane, or hiking in, depending on weather conditions and the time of year.
  • It is crucial for visitors to check the details for their specific cabin regarding the best access methods and consider tides and weather conditions when planning their trip.

Facilities and Amenities

The facilities at Berners Bay Cabin Campground are generally rustic and might include:

  • A simple cabin, often with bunks or sleeping platforms that can accommodate a certain number of guests.
  • A wood stove for heating and possibly for cooking, depending on the cabin.
  • Basic furniture such as tables and benches.
  • Typically, there is no electricity or running water, and visitors should be prepared for an off-grid experience.
  • Outhouses or pit toilets are usually provided for sanitation.

What to Bring

Visitors should be prepared to bring:

  • A reliable source of light, such as flashlights or lanterns, along with spare batteries or fuel.
  • Potable water or a means to treat water from natural sources.
  • Sleeping gear, including sleeping bags and pads.
  • Cooking equipment and utensils if the cabin does not provide these.
  • Food and personal items, including clothing appropriate for varied weather conditions.
  • First aid supplies, navigation tools, and communication devices for safety.
  • Insect repellent, especially during summer months.
  • Firewood, if required and not provided on-site.

Activities and Points of Interest

Outdoor Recreation:

  • Hiking, wildlife viewing, and bird watching in the Tongass National Forest.
  • Fishing and kayaking in Berners Bay and surrounding waterways.
  • Whale watching and enjoying the scenic views of glaciers and mountains.

Wildlife and Natural Beauty:

  • Tongass National Forest is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including bears, bald eagles, and marine mammals.
  • The area is known for its lush rainforest, pristine waterways, and majestic glaciers.
  • Outdoor enthusiasts may observe the changing landscapes as they engage in their activities.

Safety Considerations

Wildlife Precautions:

  • Be bear-aware; store food securely and know how to behave if encountering bears.
  • Keep a safe distance from all wildlife.

Environmental Conditions:

  • Prepare for unpredictable weather by dressing in layers.
  • Be aware of the risk of hypothermia and bring waterproof gear.

Navigational Awareness:

  • Understand how to navigate the area, particularly if accessing the cabin by water or through the wilderness.
  • Check for tide charts if applicable to your access and activities.

Leave No Trace

  • Follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the natural environment.
  • Pack out all trash and leftover food.
  • Respect the cabin and surrounding area by leaving it in as good or better condition than when you arrived.

Visiting Berners Bay Cabin Campground in Tongass National Forest can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for those who are well-prepared and respectful of the unique Alaskan wilderness.

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