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Location and Accessibility

Moser Island Cabin is situated in the Tongass National Forest, which is the largest national forest in the United States, located in Southeast Alaska. This remote cabin is on the north end of Moser Island, approximately 35 miles from Wrangell, Alaska. The cabin is only accessible by floatplane or boat, depending on the weather and tide conditions. Accurate navigation is necessary, as the area is subject to variable weather and strong tidal currents.

Cabin Features

The Moser Island Cabin is a typical Tongass National Forest cabin with basic amenities. Here's what you can expect:

  • Capacity: The cabin typically accommodates up to 6 people.
  • Facilities: It's equipped with wooden bunks, a table, benches, a heating stove (wood or oil, depending on the cabin), and an outdoor toilet.
  • Amenities: You need to bring your own fuel for the stove, cooking supplies, bedding, and food. There's no electricity or running water.
  • Water Source: While there is no running water, fresh water can be obtained from a nearby source, but it should be treated before drinking.


Visitors to Moser Island Cabin can engage in various recreational activities throughout the year:

  • Fishing: The area is known for excellent fishing opportunities, including salmon and halibut.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The Tongass is home to abundant wildlife; you might see bears, eagles, and whales.
  • Hiking: There are opportunities for beachcombing and exploring the island, though there may not be designated trails.
  • Boating: The island's surrounding waters offer chances for kayaking and using a skiff.

Reservations and Fees

The cabin is available for use by reservation, which can be made through the Recreation.gov website or by phone. Reservations are usually required, and it is recommended to book well in advance due to the limited number of spaces and the popularity of cabin stays in the Tongass National Forest.

  • Cost: There is a nightly fee for staying at the cabin, which you can find on the reservation website.

Season of Operation

Moser Island Cabin is open for reservations year-round. However, the best time to visit typically depends on what activities you're interested in doing. Also, the accessibility may vary dramatically between seasons due to Southeast Alaska's weather conditions.

Rules and Regulations

There are several important rules and regulations you need to follow:

  • Leave No Trace: Pack out everything you pack in, including all trash.
  • Bear Safety: Proper food storage is critical to not attract bears.
  • Capacity Limits: Cabin capacity limits should be adhered to.
  • Check-in/out Times: Respect the check-in and check-out times.

Safety Considerations

Being in a remote location, visitors to Moser Island Cabin should consider the following safety aspects:

  • Weather: Be prepared for changeable weather and bring appropriate gear.
  • Communication: Cell phone service is unreliable; consider a satellite phone or other emergency communication device.
  • Emergency Gear: As with any remote travel, have a first aid kit, emergency supplies, and be sure to let someone know your travel plan.

Before heading out to the Moser Island Cabin or any remote location in Alaska, it's essential to do thorough research, make all the necessary preparations, and be aware of the challenges and risks of the area.

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