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Helm Bay Cabin Campground Overview

Location: Helm Bay Cabin is situated within the vast expanse of the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, notable for its lush rainforests, abundant wildlife, and sprawling wild landscapes.

Access: Access to the Helm Bay Cabin is typically by float plane or boat, as it lies in a remote area not accessible by road. Travelers should plan accordingly and secure transportation ahead of time.

Amenities and Facilities

Cabin Details:

  • The cabin is generally a simple, rustic structure made for basic shelter.
  • It is equipped with wooden bunks, a table, benches, and a wood stove for heating.
  • The size of the cabin and the number of people it can accommodate should be confirmed with the Forest Service or through official reservation details.


  • A pit toilet is usually available.
  • While there may be some cooking facilities, visitors should plan on bringing their own cooking stove or equipment.
  • Water is not provided; visitors must bring their own or be prepared to treat or boil water from a local source.

Please Note:

  • The cabin does not have electricity, and cellular service may be very limited or non-existent.
  • Visitors are responsible for their own trash: Pack it in, pack it out.


Fishing: The waters around Helm Bay are known for good fishing opportunities, particularly for salmon and halibut. Please check local regulations and obtain necessary permits.

Wildlife Watching: Tongass National Forest is teeming with wildlife. You may encounter species like bears, eagles, and whales depending on the season and location.

Hiking: While there may be trails nearby, visitors should come prepared with maps and knowledge of the terrain as marked trails can be limited in such remote areas.

Kayaking and Boating: The cabin's proximity to water makes it an excellent base for kayaking and boating. Visitors must bring their own equipment.

Reservations and Fees

Booking: The cabin is typically available for use by reservation. These reservations can be made through Recreation.gov or by contacting the U.S. Forest Service.

Fees: There is usually a nightly fee to stay at the cabin. Prices can be subject to change, so check the most recent information when planning your trip.


  • Typically, there is a limit to the number of consecutive nights you can stay.
  • Pets are often allowed but might be subject to specific rules.
  • You must adhere to leave-no-trace principles and follow any local regulations regarding fire safety and wildlife interactions.

Safety Considerations

  • Weather: Be prepared for unpredictable weather and temperature changes.
  • Bears: This is bear country, so proper food storage and bear safety precautions are essential.
  • First Aid: Bring a well-stocked first-aid kit and know how to use it.
  • Navigation: Reliable navigation skills and tools (like topographic maps, compass, or GPS) are necessary in this remote setting.

Final Tips

Plan Ahead: Ensure that someone knows your itinerary and expected return time.

Leave No Trace: Respect the environment and leave the cabin and surrounding area as you found it.

Enjoy the Solitude: One of the perks of such a remote location is the tranquillity and disconnect from everyday life. Enjoy the solitude and natural beauty of Helm Bay and Tongass National Forest.

For the most current and detailed information, it's best to contact the U.S. Forest Service or visit the official website for Tongass National Forest before your trip.

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