Originally there were two cabins on Ella Lake, as depicted in the photo set above. Ella Narrows and Red Alders Cabin were the two on the lake. Red Alders was destroyed in 2012, with no plans to rebuild; leaving Ella Narrows as the only cabin on Ella Lake. Ella Narrows Cabin is about 200 ft in the woods from the shore, which makes spotting it from the lake nearly impossible. According to Tom Bass, “Look for the stream and you’re there.”
This 12×14-ft. pan-abode style cabin sleeps six and comes equipped with two single bunks, two double bunks, a table and benches, wood stove, splitting maul, broom, campfire ring and an outhouse. Bring your own firewood as it cannot be guaranteed. Water and electricity are not provided. Water is available from the lake or 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. Visitors should also bring sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cooking gear, lanterns or flashlights, food, toilet paper, garbage bags, a fire extinguisher and fire starter. Rain gear and boots are recommended. Visitors are expected to pack out trash, gear and food and clean the cabin before leaving.
The cabin is approximately 24 air miles northeast of Ketchikan, on Revillagigedo Island at the north end of Ella Lake, in the Misty Fiords National Monument Wilderness. Accessible only by floatplane. Ella Lake trail from saltwater does NOT provide cabin access. Refer to: USGS maps Ketchikan C-4 & B-4.
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