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Camping at Cascade Creek Cabin Campground

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Basic Information

Cascade Creek Cabin Campground is located within the Tongass National Forest, which is the largest national forest in the United States and encompasses most of Southeast Alaska surrounding the famous Inside Passage. The campground offers a remote and scenic experience for those looking to enjoy the Alaskan wilderness.

Cabin Details

The Cascade Creek Cabin is a traditional Tongass-style pan-abode log cabin that can accommodate up to 6 or 8 people, depending on the specific cabin. Facilities typically include sleeping bunks (without mattresses), a table and benches, a wood stove for heating, and an outside toilet. It's important to note that these cabins do not provide running water, electricity, or cooking facilities, so be prepared to bring a portable cooking stove and water purification system.


Access to the cabin is typically via floatplane or boat, depending on the location and weather conditions. Visitors should be prepared for the added expense and logistics of arranging safe travel to and from the cabin. It is crucial to check with local ranger districts for the latest information on transportation options and cabin accessibility.


Cabin reservations are required and can be highly competitive, especially during peak summer months. Reservations are usually made through Recreation.gov or by calling the National Recreation Reservation Service. Always check the latest reservation requirements and rules before planning your trip.


Popular activities in the Cascade Creek Cabin area include:

  • Fishing: The streams and lakes surrounding the cabin offer opportunities to fish for salmon, trout, and other species.
  • Hiking: Many cabins have trails nearby, leading to beautiful vistas, waterfalls, and alpine meadows.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The Tongass National Forest is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including bears, eagles, and whales off the coast.

What to Bring

  • Food and water: You'll need to provide your own food and a way to purify water from nearby streams.
  • Bedding: Bring sleeping bags or other appropriate bedding for cold Alaskan nights.
  • Cooking gear: A portable cooking stove, utensils, and cookware are necessary.
  • Safety gear: It's crucial to have a first aid kit, bear-resistant food containers, and possibly even bear spray.
  • Other essentials: Don't forget clothing layers, waterproof gear, a map and compass (or GPS), and a reliable form of communication for emergencies.

Safety Considerations

  • Weather: Be prepared for rain and cold temperatures. Weather can change rapidly in Southeast Alaska.
  • Wildlife: Proper food storage and awareness of bears and other wildlife are essential for safety.
  • Travel risks: When traveling by boat or plane to reach the cabin, be aware of the risks and have a plan for weather-related delays or emergencies.

Environmental Impact

As a visitor to a national forest, it's important to minimize your impact on the environment. Follow Leave No Trace principles, including packing out all garbage, avoiding the use of soaps and detergents in streams or lakes, and being careful with fire use.

Local Restrictions and Notices

Always check for the latest alerts, restrictions, and closures before your visit. There may be specific local advisories for issues like active bear areas, fire danger, or trail conditions.

Contact Information

For the most up-to-date information and to make reservations, contact the local ranger district or visit the Recreation.gov website. Make sure to confirm all details as services or access points may change from season to season.

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