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Location and Access

Kanga Bay Cabin Campground is situated within Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in the United States, located in Southeast Alaska. To reach the cabin, visitors usually need to employ a boat or seaplane, as it's often not accessible by road. The specific location details, including GPS coordinates, should be obtained from the US Forest Service (USFS) or their official online resources before heading out to the site.

Cabin Features and Facilities

The cabin at Kanga Bay is typically a simple, rustic shelter offering basic amenities designed for wilderness experiences. These often include:

  • Bunks or sleeping platforms for a limited number of visitors
  • Table and benches
  • Wood stove for heating (Visitors may need to supply or gather their own wood)
  • Pit toilet located outside
  • Cooking facilities, which may be minimal; bringing a portable stove is often recommended
  • No electricity or running water; purification of natural water sources required


Kanga Bay offers various recreational opportunities such as:

  • Boating and kayaking in the nearby waters
  • Fishing for species like salmon, trout, and halibut
  • Wildlife viewing for bears, eagles, and possibly marine mammals
  • Hiking in the surrounding forested areas
  • Photography and sightseeing for those looking to capture the beauty of Alaska's natural landscapes

Reservations and Fees

  • Advanced reservations are typically required and can be made through a system like Recreation.gov or by contacting the USFS.
  • There is usually a nightly fee for staying at the cabin, which helps maintain the site.
  • Cancellation and change policies vary, so it's essential to review these terms when booking.

Regulations and Safety

  • Pack it in, pack it out: Visitors are responsible for removing all their trash.
  • Bear safety: Proper food storage and bear awareness are critical.
  • Weather preparedness: The region can experience harsh weather, so proper gear and planning are essential.
  • Leave No Trace: It's expected that all visitors adhere to Leave No Trace principles to preserve the environment.

Know Before You Go

  • Travel Insurance: Given the remote location, having travel insurance that covers evacuations could be wise.
  • Emergency Preparedness: Ensure you have a method to contact emergency services if necessary, such as a satellite phone.
  • Local regulations: Check for any specific rules, such as fire restrictions or fishing licenses, before arrival.
  • Seasonal Access: The cabin may not be accessible all year round due to weather conditions, so verify the operating times before planning your trip.

For the most current information about Kanga Bay Cabin Campground, including any alerts or changes in conditions, you should always check with the Tongass National Forest's ranger district or the Forest Service’s official website before your trip.

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