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Camping at Plotnikof Lake Cabin Campground

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Location and Access

Plotnikof Lake Cabin Campground is located in the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska. Being in a remote area, access to the campground is typically by float plane or by hiking in via trails. It's important to confirm the cabin's availability and reserve it in advance, as it's often booked during peak camping seasons.

Facilities and Amenities

The Plotnikof Lake Cabin is a traditional, rustic forest service cabin. Basic facilities typically include:

  • Bunks or sleeping platforms
  • Table and benches
  • A wood stove for heating
  • An outside toilet
  • A dock (if located on a body of water)

You will need to bring your own bedding, cookware, lighting source (lanterns or flashlights), and a means to treat or boil water for drinking. Also, it's your responsibility to pack out what you pack in, as trash service is not provided.


Visitors to the Plotnikof Lake Cabin can enjoy several recreational activities such as:

  • Fishing: The lake and nearby streams may offer opportunities to catch trout or salmon, depending on the season. Make sure you're aware of local fishing regulations and possess the necessary licenses.
  • Hiking: There could be trails around the cabin providing scenic views of the surrounding national forest.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The Tongass National Forest is rich with wildlife, and observing animals in their natural habitat can be a rewarding experience.
  • Boating and Kayaking: If the cabin is located on the waterfront, visitors often indulge in boating, canoeing, or kayaking activities. Always wear life jackets and follow safety protocols.

Safety Considerations

When planning to stay at a remote site like Plotnikof Lake Cabin, you should consider the following:

  • Weather: The weather in Southeast Alaska can be unpredictable. Be prepared for rain, cold, and possibly challenging conditions.
  • Bears and Wildlife: Proper food storage is critical in bear country. Use bear-proof containers and follow guidelines to minimize the chances of an encounter.
  • Water Safety: If you plan to get on the water, know the local weather forecast, and understand cold water risks.
  • Emergency Situations: Cellular reception may be limited or non-existent. Consider carrying a satellite phone and ensure that at least someone knows your itinerary and return schedule.

Booking and Regulations

Reservations for forest service cabins like Plotnikof Lake Cabin are typically managed through the Recreation.gov site or similar services. It's essential to check for:

  • Availability: Cabins are often booked well in advance, especially during summer months.
  • Fees: There will usually be a nightly rate for cabin rentals.
  • Permits: Some areas may require special permits for fishing or other activities; check with the local ranger district office for details.
  • Cabin Rules: There might be specific regulations about the use of the cabin, maintenance, and what visitors are permitted to do or not do during their stay.

For the most current and detailed information, it's best to contact the ranger district office overseeing the Tongass National Forest or visit their official website before planning your trip to Plotnikof Lake Cabin Campground. Also, given the evolving nature of outdoor recreation, it's recommended to inquire about any new guidelines or restrictions that might be in place due to public health concerns or environmental regulations.

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