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Karta River Cabin Campground is a remote getaway located in the Tongass National Forest of Southeast Alaska. This site provides a traditional Alaskan outdoors experience and is accessible mainly by floatplane or boat, offering visitors solitude and a natural setting amidst the forest and river surroundings.


Getting There: Access to Karta River Cabin is often by floatplane from towns like Ketchikan or by boat. Be prepared for the transportation costs and necessary arrangements required for remote travel. Weather can impact travel plans, so always have a flexible itinerary when planning a trip to such cabins.


Cabin Features: The cabin typically accommodates up to six people and is equipped with basic amenities such as wooden bunks, a table, benches, and a wood or oil stove for heating. It's crucial to check specifics before arrival, as facilities can change.

What to Bring: Visitors need to carry their own supplies, including bedding, food, cookware, and a light source. It's also recommended to bring your own firewood or coal for heating where applicable. Also, remember bear safety storage equipment for your food and scented items.


Fishing: The Karta River is known for salmon runs and other fish species, including trout. Make sure to have the appropriate fishing license and follow local regulations.

Wildlife Watching: The Tongass National Forest is home to a wide array of wildlife, including bears, wolves, eagles, and Sitka black-tailed deer. Always maintain a safe distance from wildlife.

Hiking: There are opportunities for hiking within the area, including trails like the Karta River Trail, which offers chances to explore the forest, river habitats, and potentially see the Karta River falls.

Reservation and Fees

Booking the Cabin: Reservations are typically required and can be done through the Recreation.gov website. There is a nightly fee to rent the cabin.

Permits: As with any national forest, follow the Leave No Trace principles, and check if any special permits are needed for activities such as fishing.

Safety and Regulations

Weather Preparedness: The weather can be unpredictable; so, come prepared for rain and cool temperatures, even in summer.

Bear Country Precautions: Proper food storage is essential, and visitors should be aware of bear activity and know how to store food and dispose of waste properly.

Local Regulations: Familiarize yourself with local regulations regarding fire use, waste disposal, and area-specific rules to protect the natural habitat.

Remember that staying in remote cabins like Karta River Cabin requires self-sufficiency and respect for the environment. Always leave the cabin and surrounding area in the same or better condition than when you arrived.

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