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Location and Access

Middle Ridge Cabin Campground is located in the Tongass National Forest, on Kupreanof Island near Petersburg, Alaska. The cabin is accessible by floatplane or boat, depending on weather and tide conditions. It's important to check the local tide charts and weather forecasts before planning your trip, as access to the cabin can be challenging during low tide or poor weather conditions.

Booking and Fees

Reservations for Middle Ridge Cabin Campground are necessary and can be made through the National Recreation Reservation System (NRRS). There is a fee for staying at the cabin, which is typically charged per night. Make sure to book well in advance especially during peak season, as cabins in popular areas like Tongass National Forest can fill up quickly.

Facilities and Amenities

The Middle Ridge Cabin is a basic rustic cabin with limited amenities. Normally, it can provide:

  • Shelter: A simple structure with a sleeping space.
  • Beds: Bunks or platforms for sleeping; campers must bring their own sleeping bags and pads.
  • Table and Chairs: Basic furniture for meals and activities.
  • Wood Stove: For heating and sometimes cooking; you may have to bring your own wood or gather it in the vicinity, if allowed.
  • Pit Toilet: An outdoor toilet facility.

There is typically no running water or electricity in such cabins. Campers must be prepared to bring their own water for drinking, cooking, and cleaning or have the means to purify water from nearby sources.

Activities

  • Hiking: There may be trails in the vicinity of the cabin for exploring the national forest.
  • Wildlife Viewing: Tongass National Forest is home to a rich diversity of wildlife, including bears, eagles, and deer.
  • Fishing: The waters around Kupreanof Island offer excellent opportunities for fishing; make sure to obtain the necessary permits and be aware of local regulations.
  • Boating: Access to the cabin is often by water, providing ample opportunities for boating and kayaking.

Considerations and Regulations

  • Pack Out Trash: Visitors are generally required to pack out all their trash.
  • Fire Safety: Be cautious with wood stoves and outdoor fires, and follow local fire regulations.
  • Bear Country: Proper food storage and handling are crucial to avoid attracting bears and other wildlife.
  • Leave No Trace: Adhere to Leave No Trace principles to minimize the impact of your visit on the natural environment.

Additional Tips

  • Arrive Prepared: Ensure you have the necessary supplies, including food, water, and safety equipment.
  • Local Contact: Have the contact information for the local ranger station in case of emergencies.
  • Travel Safety: Be prepared for quickly changing weather conditions and have appropriate safety gear and navigation equipment.

Lastly, always check the latest updates from the U.S. Forest Service or the local ranger district for the most current information regarding Middle Ridge Cabin Campground before embarking on your trip. Policies, fees, and access may change due to environmental, weather, or management alterations.

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