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Camping at Karta Lake Cabin Campground

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Overview of Karta Lake Cabin Campground

Karta Lake Cabin Campground is a remote recreational site located within the expanse of the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska. This site is appealing to those who seek adventure in the great outdoors. It provides a quintessential Alaskan experience with access to fishing, wildlife viewing, and an overall immersion in the dense forest environment.

Facilities at Karta Lake Cabin Campground

The campground typically hosts a cabin that can be reserved for overnight stays. The facilities might include:

  • A traditional rustic-style cabin
  • Wooden bunk beds or sleeping platforms
  • A table and benches
  • A wood or oil stove for heat
  • Space for a small boat or kayak along the lakeshore (depending on the specific cabin)

Water and Sanitation

Water is not usually provided at the cabin, which means visitors have to either boil lake water, use a water filter, or carry in their drinking water. There is usually an outhouse-type toilet available.

Food Storage

In bear country, proper food storage is essential. Food and scented items should be stored in bear-proof containers or secured in the cabin.

Access to Karta Lake Cabin Campground

Access to this area is often by floatplane, boat, or trail, depending on the location of the cabin and weather conditions. It's important to plan your trip carefully:

  • Floatplane: This is the most common access method, weather permitting. Visitors would fly from nearby cities such as Ketchikan.
  • Boat: Sometimes, visitors can access the area by boat and then transition to a trail that leads to the cabin.
  • Trail: There may be trails, such as the Karta River Trail, that lead to the cabin. Hiking these trails requires good physical condition and the proper gear.

Activities at Karta Lake Cabin Campground

Fishing: The lake and nearby river systems are typically rich in various fish species including trout and salmon, providing excellent opportunities for sport fishing.

Wildlife Viewing: The Tongass National Forest is home to a diverse array of wildlife, from brown and black bears to bald eagles and Sitka black-tailed deer.

Hiking: Trails like the Karta River Trail offer splendid views and connection to other forest areas. Hikers can expect lush rainforest scenery, streams, and potentially sightings of the abundant Southeast Alaskan wildlife.

Boating and Kayaking: With the lake right there, visitors often enjoy canoeing, kayaking, or using small boats to explore the waterways and fish.

Booking and Rules

Advance booking is necessary for staying at the cabin, and reservations can be made through the United States Forest Service (USFS) or an affiliated booking system.

  • Reservations: Typically, these cabins can be booked up to six months in advance.
  • Capacity: Make sure to note the capacity limits as most cabins will accommodate a certain number of visitors.
  • Rules and Guidelines: Follow Leave No Trace principles, respect wildlife, and adhere to any additional USFS rules concerning campfires, waste disposal, and stay limits.


Please note that information such as access, facilities, and activities can change due to various factors like weather, maintenance, and forest service policies. Always check with the USFS or relevant local authorities for the most current information before planning your trip. Camping in remote areas like Karta Lake Cabin requires thorough preparation, including safety gear, knowledge of the terrain, and awareness of the local weather patterns.

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