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Location and Accessibility

Young Lake South Cabin Campground is located in the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska on the northeast shore of Young Lake on Prince of Wales Island. The cabin is generally accessed by floatplane from Ketchikan, Craig, or Thorne Bay. Boat access is also possible, but it can be challenging due to the shallow and narrow outlet of the lake.

Cabin Features and Amenities

The Young Lake South Cabin has basic features and amenities including:

  • A wooden structure with a mono-pitched roof
  • Bunks that can generally sleep up to 6 people
  • A table and benches
  • A wood stove for heating and cooking
  • An outhouse (non-flush toilet)
  • A rowboat with oars (personal flotation devices not provided)

Note: Users are responsible for bringing their own supplies like bedding, cooking utensils, food, and water purification methods. Also, be aware that no fuel is provided for the wood stove, so visitors must collect dead and down wood or bring their own.

Activities

  • Fishing: Young Lake is known for fishing opportunities, including trout and salmon during respective seasons.
  • Boating: A rowboat is provided to explore the lake, but visitors must bring their own personal flotation devices.
  • Hiking: Exploring the surrounding area can be rewarding for those prepared for brush and potentially challenging terrain.
  • Wildlife Viewing: Being part of the Tongass National Forest, wildlife such as eagles, bears, Sitka black-tailed deer, and marine mammals can often be spotted.
  • Berry Picking: During late summer and early fall, berry picking for blueberries and other forest berries is a popular activity.

Booking and Regulations

  • Reservations are required and can be made through the National Recreation Reservation System or by calling.
  • There is usually a fee per night to stay at the cabin.
  • Visitors need to follow local regulations regarding food storage, waste disposal, and ensuring that the cabin is left clean and secure for the next occupants.

Safety and Considerations

  • Weather: Weather in Southeast Alaska can change rapidly, and visitors should be prepared for rain, wind, and potentially cold conditions, even in summer.
  • Bears: Proper food storage is essential as bears are active in the area. Use bear-proof containers and never leave food unattended.
  • Emergency Situations: There are no rescue services readily available, and evacuation can be prolonged. Visitors should have a plan for self-rescue and carry a means of emergency communication.
  • Water Safety: Always wear life jackets when using the rowboat.
  • Leave No Trace: It's important to minimize impact on the surrounding environment by following Leave No Trace principles.

Disclaimer: Make sure to check the most current information and local conditions before setting out, as cabins' availability, regulations, and the environment can change. Always contact the local ranger district for the latest updates.

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