Public Lake Cabins of Alaska

Reflection Lake Cabin

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In 2012 Tom Bass notated that the cabin was undergoing a major overhaul of the facilities. It is safe to say that this cabin was majorly fixed in 2012/2013. New foundation, new dock, and a new roof were just some of the highlights of work being done on this cabin. Fishing is reported to be good and there is a trail leading to and from the cabin close by.


The 12×14-ft. ( pan-abode style ) log cabin accommodates 6 people with 2 single and 2 double bunks. Other amenities include a table and benches, a cooking counter, food storage, broom, splitting maul, and an outhouse. A wood stove is provided for heat. Bring your own firewood as it cannot be guaranteed. Drinking water is not available at the cabin. Visitors must bring their own water supply, but water is also available from a nearby creek and should be treated before drinking or cooking with it. 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 their trash, gear and food and clean the cabin before leaving.


The cabin is located approximately 50 air miles from Ketchikan, on the Cleveland Peninsula northwest of Short Bay. Accessible by float plane on the south east shore of reflection lake. May be inaccessible in fall, winter, and early spring because of the frozen lake surface. Also accessible by boat, there is a 2 mile hike from short bay to the lake with an anchor buoy located in short bay. Refer To: USGS Ketchikan D5,6

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