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Location and Access

Black Bear Lake Cabin Campground is situated within the Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in the United States, located in Southeast Alaska. The cabin is generally accessed by floatplane or boat, depending on the weather conditions and the season. Visitors should be well-informed about the area and should check the latest travel conditions and access routes with the U.S. Forest Service before planning their trip.

Reservations and Fees

Reservations for the Black Bear Lake Cabin are necessary and can be made through the Recreation.gov website or by calling their service number. Fees are charged for overnight use and vary depending on the season and services offered. It is important to book early, especially for peak summer months, as cabins in Tongass National Forest can fill up quickly.

Facilities and Amenities

The cabin typically offers basic amenities, including bunks (without bedding), a table, benches, and a wood stove for heating. There is no electricity or running water, so visitors need to bring their own supplies, including drinking water, bedding, and cooking equipment. A pit toilet is usually located near the cabin.


Visitors to Black Bear Lake Cabin Campground can enjoy a range of outdoor activities:

  • Fishing: Black Bear Lake is known for good fishing opportunities, particularly for trout and salmon during certain seasons. Anglers need to possess a valid Alaska fishing license.
  • Boating: If access by boat is used to reach the cabin, visitors can also enjoy boating on Black Bear Lake.
  • Hiking: There are often trails around the lake for hikers to explore the surrounding forest.
  • Wildlife Viewing: Tongass National Forest is rich in wildlife, including black bears, eagles, and a variety of other bird species.

Safety and Preparation

  • Visitors should be prepared for the wilderness and changing weather conditions, so packing appropriate gear and clothing is essential.
  • Safety is a priority, as the area is remote and help may be far away. Visitors should have a plan for emergency situations and be bear-aware, storing food appropriately and knowing what to do in the unlikely event of an encounter.
  • It is also essential to leave a travel plan with friends or family and to understand how to signal for help if necessary.


  • As with all natural areas, visitors are encouraged to practice Leave No Trace principles to preserve the environment. This includes packing out all garbage, respecting wildlife, and leaving natural and cultural features undisturbed.

Additional Information

For the most current information regarding Black Bear Lake Cabin and other facilities within the Tongass National Forest, visitors should contact the U.S. Forest Service directly or visit their official website. Conditions can change rapidly in Alaska, and being informed can make for a safe and enjoyable trip.

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