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Overview of Ella Narrows Cabin Campground

Ella Narrows Cabin is a remote wilderness cabin located in Alaska's Tongass National Forest near Petersburg. This primitive cabin is popular among those seeking solitude, fishing, wildlife viewing, and outdoor adventure opportunities. The cabin must be reserved in advance and can be accessed by floatplane or boat, depending on the weather and tide conditions.

Booking and Fees


  • Reservations are required and can be made through the USDA Forest Service's recreation website or a third-party reservation system.
  • Due to the popularity of the cabin, it is advisable to book well in advance.
  • Check the reservation site for the most up-to-date availability and fees.


  • A nightly fee is charged for staying at the cabin.
  • Fees are subject to change, so verify the current cost when booking.

Cabin Amenities and Specifications

  • The cabin is typically equipped with wooden bunks, a table, benches, and a wood stove for heating.
  • It accommodates around 6 to 8 people, but exact numbers should be confirmed at the time of booking.
  • The cabin does not have running water or electricity.
  • An outhouse/toilet is available outside the cabin.

What to Bring

  • Bring your own sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cookstove, cooking gear, and food.
  • Fresh water should be brought in or treated if taken from natural sources.
  • It's essential to carry safety gear, including a first aid kit, compass, maps, and possibly a satellite phone or communication device due to the remote location.
  • Insect repellent and bear safety equipment are also highly recommended.

Access to the Cabin

  • Access can vary significantly with the weather and tide conditions.
  • By Floatplane: This is the most common method during the summer months. Flight services are available from nearby towns like Petersburg.
  • By Boat: Boaters must consult tide tables to prevent getting stranded because of fluctuating sea levels.

Activities and Considerations

  • Fishing: The area is known for great saltwater and freshwater fishing opportunities.
  • Wildlife Viewing: Visitors might see bears, eagles, and potentially whales.
  • Kayaking and Canoeing: The surrounding waters are ideal for paddling, but experience is recommended due to changing weather and tides.
  • Hiking: There are limited trails; however, the wilderness offers chances for exploration.


  • The cabin is in bear country, so proper food storage and bear safety measures are crucial.
  • Visitors must follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize their impact on the environment.
  • Check local regulations and acquire any necessary fishing or hunting licenses.

Weather and Safety

  • Southeast Alaska's weather can change rapidly, bringing rain, cold, and windy conditions.
  • Adequate clothing and gear are necessary to stay warm and dry.
  • Always inform someone of your travel plans and expected return date due to the remoteness of the area.

For the most current information, including booking, fees, regulations, and alerts, always check with the Tongass National Forest Service or the cabin's reservation system prior to your trip.

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