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Camping at Hugh Smith Lake Cabin Campground

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Location and Access

Hugh Smith Lake Cabin Campground is situated in the beautiful and expansive Tongass National Forest in Alaska. The cabin is located on Revillagigedo Island, not far from the town of Ketchikan. Access is typically by floatplane, although it is possible to get there by boat as well. The location is remote, providing a true wilderness experience for campers.

Cabin Details

The cabin at Hugh Smith Lake provides basic amenities such as bunks, a table, benches, and a wood stove for heating and cooking. Visitors must bring their own firewood or gather it in the local area, ensuring it's done responsibly. The cabin generally accommodates up to 6-8 people depending on the setup.

Reservations and Fees

Reservations for the Hugh Smith Lake Cabin can be made through the National Recreation Reservation System. There is a fee to reserve the cabin, which varies depending on the season and length of stay. It is important to book well in advance, as cabins in Tongass National Forest can be quite popular, especially during the peak season.


Hugh Smith Lake offers a range of outdoor activities, including:

  • Fishing: The lake is known for trout and sometimes salmon.
  • Boating: Guests often bring their own canoes, kayaks, or small motorboats.
  • Hiking: There are various trails in the surrounding area for all skill levels.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The area is home to black bears, bald eagles, and Sitka black-tailed deer among others.

What to Bring

Campers should be prepared to bring everything they need for survival and comfort. This includes:

  • Food and Water: All food and a way to purify lake water or pack in bottled water.
  • Bedding: Sleeping bags and pillows.
  • Cooking Gear: Pots, pans, utensils, stove fuel or firewood.
  • Safety Items: First-aid kit, maps, compass, waterproof matches, and a method for food storage to protect against bears.
  • Clothing: Weather-appropriate clothing, rain gear, and sturdy footwear.

Wildlife and Safety

The presence of bears and other wildlife necessitates proper food storage and handling. Campers should be knowledgeable about bear country protocols to ensure safety for themselves and the animals. Always keep a safe distance from wildlife and do not attempt to feed them.

Weather Considerations

Weather in Alaska can be unpredictable and can change rapidly. Campers should be prepared for rain, cold, and possibly even snow conditions, depending upon the time of year they visit. Always check the latest weather forecasts and prepare accordingly.

Leave No Trace

The cabin operates on a "Leave No Trace" principle. This means that visitors should pack out all trash, leftover food, and litter to keep the area pristine for wildlife and future campers.

Local Regulations and Contacts

Campers should be aware of local regulations regarding fishing licenses, campfires, and wildlife interactions. It's advisable to reach out to the local ranger district for the most current information and guidelines. The contact information is often available on the Tongass National Forest website or through the reservation system.

By respecting these guidelines and being prepared, campers can ensure they have a safe and enjoyable experience at Hugh Smith Lake Cabin Campground in Tongass National Forest.

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