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Overview of Florence Lake East Cabin Campground

Florence Lake East Cabin Campground is a remote backcountry site located in the Tongass National Forest, which is in southeastern Alaska. It offers a tranquil wilderness experience for visitors seeking solitude and a connection with nature.


The cabin is situated on the east end of Florence Lake, which is on Prince of Wales Island, one of the larger islands in the Tongass National Forest.


Access to Florence Lake East Cabin is typically via floatplane or boat. There are no roads to the cabin, and visitors should be prepared for a true backcountry experience.


Cabin Features: The cabin is a simple, rustic structure that usually has basic amenities such as bunks or sleeping platforms, a table and benches, and a wood stove for heating. The exact facilities may vary, and visitors should check current conditions and facilities before booking.

Cooking: Visitors will need to bring their own cooking stoves or be prepared to cook over an open fire if conditions allow.

Water: There is no running water. Visitors must either bring their own or be prepared to purify water from the lake or nearby streams.

Capacity and Reservations

Florence Lake East Cabin typically accommodates 6 to 8 people. Reservations are necessary and can be made through recreation.gov or by contacting the United States Forest Service (USFS) office responsible for the Tongass National Forest. It is important to book early, especially for peak season visits.


Fishing: Florence Lake is known for fishing opportunities, with fish species such as trout present.

Hiking and Exploring: There are several trails and areas to explore around the cabin; however, trails may be rugged and unmaintained.

Wildlife Viewing: Tongass National Forest is rich with wildlife, including brown and black bears, eagles, and many marine animals.

What to Bring

Campers must bring all necessary supplies, including:

  • Food and water or water purification system
  • Sleeping bags and pads
  • Cooking gear and utensils
  • Matches, starter, or lighter for the wood stove
  • Clothing and gear suitable for wet weather
  • First aid kit
  • Navigation tools like a map and compass or GPS
  • Bear-proof containers or ropes for hanging food

Safety Considerations

  • Weather: Conditions can change rapidly; be prepared for rain, cold, and potentially challenging weather conditions.
  • Bears and Wildlife: Proper precautions should be taken to avoid attracting bears and other wildlife to your campsite.
  • Communication: Cell phone reception is likely to be unreliable or non-existent. Satellite phones or emergency beacons are recommended.
  • Leave No Trace: It is important to follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize the impact on the environment.


Florence Lake East Cabin Campground in Tongass National Forest offers a secluded adventure for those looking to immerse themselves in the Alaskan wilderness. Plan thoroughly, respect the environment, and enjoy the serene beauty of one of America's last great wild places.

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