Public Lake Cabins of Alaska

Big Shaheen Cabin

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Big Shaheen is a historic log cabin built in 1936 and has a main room and two bedrooms. This is a great cabin for two couples. Little Shaheen Cabin is about 200 feet away making this the only cabins in the Tongass Forest which would be suitable for a big family gathering. There is large beach in front of the cabin with small size gravel, a great place to tie up your plane. The cabin sits on a point with Little Shaheen around the corner; the gravel extends around the point. There is also a little bay about a 1000 feet across the cut from Little Shaheen. Between the three potential tie up sites there should always be a safe place for your plane. This Cabin had a major rebuild in 2011. At this time the replaced the foundation, inside walls, windows, front deck, stove, and roof.

At an elevation of 300 feet, the cabin is situated under a canopy of old growth forest, at the edge of scenic Hasselborg Lake. It is located in the Kootznoowoo Wilderness which encompasses 956,255 acres of the island. Dense spruce and hemlock forests, glacier-fed streams, lakes and muskeg openings define the landscape, while rocky peaks tower along the island’s high crest, reaching elevations of over 3,000 feet.

Sitka black-tailed deer make a home in the dense forest and bald eagles perch in treetops along most beaches.


The log cabin has two bedrooms and a living room/kitchen area. It is furnished with wooden bunks (no mattresses) and can accommodate up to eight people. The cabin is equipped with a table, benches, a cooking counter, an oil stove for heat, a broom and an outside toilet.

The cabin does not have running water or electricity. Guests must bring their own food, water, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cook stove, matches, cooking gear/utensils, light source, No.1 stove oil (estimate about 10 to 20 gallons per week), toilet paper, first aid kit and garbage bags. Water from any natural site must be filtered, boiled or chemically treated before drinking.


Located in the center of Admiralty Island, midway on the eastern shore of Hasselborg Lake. Floatplane and canoe/portage access. One-way flight time from Juneau is 40 minutes. By canoe and portage it is approximately 10 miles to Mole Harbor. This cabin is in a designated Wilderness area, and access by helicopter is illegal. Suggested USGS topo maps: Sitka C-1, C-2.

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