Public Lake Cabins of Alaska

Sarkar Lake Cabin

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This cabin sits on a peninsula in the lake, which makes it difficult to spot from the air. Tom Bass advises to come from the south and that should make it easier to see. Use caution when maneuvering on the lake as there a rocks scattered about the lake. The cabin is standard with a big covered deck that is surrounded and covered by trees.


The cabin is a 12 x 12 foot primitive, pre-cut cedar log cabin (pan-abode style) furnished with wooden bunkbeds (without mattresses) that sleep up to six guests. The cabin is equipped with a table, benches, a wood stove for heat and an outside toilet. Other amenities include a cooking counter, an axe, splitting maul, fire extinguisher and a broom. Firewood may be available, but the supply cannot be guaranteed. The cabin does not have running water or electricity. Guests must bring their own food, water, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cook stove, stove fuel, fire starter, cooking gear/utensils, light source (lantern), toilet paper, first aid kit and garbage bags. Water is available from the lake, but must be filtered, boiled or chemically treated before drinking. An aluminum skiff with oars is available for use at the boat launch. Guests may choose to bring a long shaft motor for boat use, and are responsible for bringing and using their own personal floatation devices. Guests should also be cautious when boating, as there numerous rocks in the lake; a good marine chart is recommended.


Sarkar Lake near start of Sarkar Lake Canoe Route, 48 road miles (78 km) from Craig, 63 miles (102 km) from Hollis, and 76 air miles (122 km) NW of Ketchikan. USGS Map Craig D-4. Float plane or 26 road miles (42 km) drive, north on State Highway 925, turns to gravel after 14 miles where it also turns into Forest Road 20, then 2 miles (3 km) by canoe or skiff from Sarkar trailhead.

Lat/Long:  N 55 degrees, 57.480’;   W 133 degrees, 12.404’ UTM:  08 U 0611957; 6202857

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