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Overview of Devils Elbow Cabin Campground

Devils Elbow Cabin is situated within the Tongass National Forest, which is in southeast Alaska and is the largest national forest in the United States. This remote cabin offers visitors a unique wilderness experience and an opportunity to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities.

Location and Access

Devils Elbow Cabin is located on the eastern shore of Freshwater Bay, on the northeast corner of Chichagof Island, about 30 miles northwest of Hoonah. The cabin is generally accessed by floatplane or boat, depending on the weather and sea conditions. There are no roads leading to the cabin, making it a true retreat into nature.

Cabin Features and Amenities

The cabin is typically equipped with the following:

  • Sleeping Accommodations: The cabin has wooden bunks that can sleep up to six people.
  • Kitchen Facilities: A table, benches, and a wood stove for heat are available. Some cabins may have a propane stove for cooking, but it's essential to check in advance and bring your own fuel.
  • Water: There is no running water; visitors must either bring their own or be prepared to treat water from natural sources.
  • Toilet: An outhouse or pit toilet is provided, but no indoor bathroom facilities.


Visitors to Devils Elbow Cabin can enjoy a variety of activities including:

  • Fishing: The area is known for its fishing opportunities, including salmon and halibut.
  • Wildlife Viewing: This includes chances to see bears, wolves, and Sitka black-tailed deer, along with marine wildlife like whales and sea otters.
  • Hiking and Exploring: There are often trails or beach area for hiking and exploring the Tongass National Forest.

Reservations and Fees

Reservation for the cabin must be made through the Recreation.gov website or by calling their reservation line. There is generally a fee per night for using the cabin, which helps with the upkeep and maintenance.

What to Bring

Given the remote nature of the cabin, visitors must come fully prepared with:

  • Food and Cooking Supplies: All food and cooking equipment you'll need during your stay.
  • Bedding: Sleeping bags or other bedding are essential, as only bare bunks are provided.
  • Safety Gear: Including life jackets if traveling by boat, first aid kit, and emergency signaling devices.
  • Clothing: Suitable for the variable weather conditions, which can change rapidly in southeast Alaska.
  • Fuel: For lanterns and stoves if they are allowed and available at the cabin. Note that firewood may not be provided or permitted for use.

Know Before You Go

  • Bear Country: Special precautions need to be taken to store food and avoid attracting bears.
  • Weather: Alaska's weather is unpredictable, and travelers should be prepared for rain, cold, and fog, even in summer.
  • Leave No Trace: Visitors should follow Leave No Trace principles to keep the area clean and minimize their impact on the environment.
  • Tides and Boat Safety: Those accessing the cabin by boat should be experienced with coastal Alaskan waters and be aware of tides and weather patterns.


Devils Elbow Cabin provides a secluded getaway for those looking to immerse themselves in the Alaskan wilderness. Ensuring a safe and enjoyable trip requires thorough preparation and respect for the environment and the potential hazards of this remote location.

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