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Location and Access

Humpback Lake Cabin Campground is located in the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska. Situated near the scenic Humpback Lake, it is one of the remote cabins that can be accessed by floatplane from the nearby towns of Ketchikan or Wrangell. Boat access may also be possible, depending on weather and water conditions.

Cabin Details

The cabin at the campground is typically a traditional A-frame or Pan-Abode style, designed to accommodate a limited number of guests (usually up to 6-8 people). It provides basic amenities such as bunks, a table, benches, and a wood stove for heating. There typically isn't any electricity, running water, or indoor plumbing. Users must bring their own food, cookstove, and bedding (sleeping bags and pads).

Reservations and Fees

Reservations for the cabins in Tongass National Forest can be made through the USDA Forest Service's reservation system, which is commonly available online. There is usually a fee to rent the cabins that can vary depending on the size and amenities offered. Advance booking is highly recommended, especially during the summer months when demand is higher.


Visitors to Humpback Lake Cabin Campground can indulge in a variety of outdoor activities, including:

  • Fishing: The lake and nearby water bodies offer opportunities for fishing. Anglers can expect to catch species such as trout and salmon.

  • Hiking and Trails: There are trails around the area for those who enjoy hiking and exploring the forest.

  • Wildlife Viewing: Tongass National Forest is rich with wildlife, and visitors might see bears, bald eagles, and Sitka black-tailed deer.

  • Boating and Kayaking: The lake provides a great spot for kayaking, canoeing, and rowing.

  • Berry Picking: In late summer and early fall, berry pickers can enjoy harvesting wild berries like blueberries and salmonberries.


  • Bears: This is bear country, so all visitors should be bear-aware, store food properly, and keep the cabin clean to avoid attracting wildlife.

  • Weather: The climate is often wet, so it's important to prepare for rain and cool temperatures.

  • Leave No Trace: Visitors are expected to pack out all trash, leftover food, and litter to keep the area pristine.

  • Safety: Always let someone know your travel plans and expected return time. Be prepared for emergencies and have a means of communication in case of distress.

Remember, detailed and up-to-date information should be obtained from the Forest Service or local ranger stations before planning your trip to Humpback Lake Cabin Campground. Conditions can change, and it's important to be equipped with the latest data and advisories.

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