Turner Lake West Cabin is extremely popular and considered to be one of the most beautiful cabins on the Tongass National Forest. The cabin sits on a large rock and looks down the lake. Behind the rock is a great spot to tie up the plane that is fairly protected. A new dock was added in 2010. It is open for year-round enjoyment, offering scenic views and access to a variety of recreational activities. The site can be accessed by float plane, motor boat or kayak, depending on conditions.
This is a chalet-style log cabin that has a fireplace with beautiful stonework. It sleeps six people with two single and two double bunks. The cabin also has a table and benches, broom, an oil heater, a cooler box for food storage, an outhouse and food preparation space. Water, firewood and electricity are not provided. Water is available from the lake or a nearby stream, but visitors should be sure to treat water before drinking or cooking with it. It is recommended that visitors bring their own water supply. Heating oil is not provided. Visitors must bring a supply of #1 diesel oil or kerosene (one gallon per day on lowest setting), in addition to sleeping bags, sleeping pads, a cooking stove, lanterns or flashlights, cookware, plates, utensils, food, toilet paper, garbage bags, a fire extinguisher and fire starter. Visitors are expected to pack out trash, empty the cabinets and clean the cabin before leaving.
The cabin is approximately 18 miles east of Juneau, at the west end of Turner Lake. Cabin access is via float plane (35 minute flight charge from Juneau) or by boating up the Taku Inlet and then hiking 0.8 mile to Turner Lake. Some areas of Taku Inlet are quite shallow; be sure to check nautical charts and tide tables. Shallow draft boats are recommended. The lake ice thaws in late spring for this lake with high avalanche danger in winter and early spring.
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