Public Lake Cabins of Alaska

Checats Lake Cabin

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In 2012, the cabin was found by Tom Bass to be in reasonable shape with a hefty stock of firewood. He noted that because of the formation of the land many wildlife and scenic photo opportunities could be found. Fishing was found to be very good with Rainbow Trout up to 24″ (60 cm). Hunting for mountain goat, Sitka black-tail deer, black bear, and brown bear can all be found in this area. Tom found the floatplane tie ups to be in decent condition, but not ideal.


This 12-by-12 cabin ( pan-abode style ) has two single bunks and two double bunks, to accommodate up to six people. It is also equipped with a table and benches, wood stove, splitting maul, broom and an outhouse. The cabin features a skylight. NOTE: Firewood may be available, but visitors are encouraged to contact the Ketchikan Misty Fjords Ranger District to check the status of the woodshed.  Water and electricity are not provided. Water is available from a nearby creek, but guests should be sure to treat water before drinking or cooking with it. It is recommended that guests bring their own water supply. Other items to pack include sleeping bags, sleeping pads, lanterns or flashlights, cookware, plates, utensils, food, toilet paper, garbage bags, a fire extinguisher and matches, among other necessities. Guests are expected to pack out trash and clean the cabin before leaving.

This cabin is located approximately 45 air miles northeast of Ketchikan, on the mainland east of Rudyerd Bay. Accessible by floatplane. The trail to Lower Checats Lake does NOT provide cabin access. Refer to: USGS map Ketchikan B-3.

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