Public Lake Cabins of Alaska

Windfall Lake Cabin

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Windfall Lake Cabin, built in 1998, is one of the most popular cabins on the Tongass National Forest. The lake is about 4000 feet long and makes it easy to get in and out with a floatplane. This rustic retreat is open year-round and is open as an overnight accommodation and a warming hut for winter recreationists. The cabin is an ideal base for enjoying the serenity and beauty of Windfall Lake or participating in various recreational activities. The site can be accessed by the Windfall Lake Trail, Montana Creek Trail or floatplane, depending on conditions. Winter weather may require a 3-mile trek on snowshoes or skis. This cabin is on a flight path of tourist helicopters so it gets a little noisy at times.


This 14 ft. by 16 ft. pan-abode style cabin sleeps six people with two single and two double bunks. The cabin also has a table and benches, broom, propane furnace, wood stove, axe and splitting maul. Propane is provided for the furnace. The cabin is accessible, with an elevated boardwalk connecting the dock, cabin and outhouse. A picnic table sits on the front deck and a campfire ring is outside as well. Water, firewood and electricity are not provided. Water is available from Windfall Lake, but visitors must treat water before drinking or cooking with it. It is recommended that visitors bring their own water supply. Visitors must provide their own sleeping bags, sleeping pads, food, a cooking stove, cookware, plates, utensils, lanterns or flashlights, toilet paper, garbage bags, a fire extinguisher and fire starter. They are expected to pack out trash, empty the cabinets and clean the cabin before leaving.


Access is by hiking trail or floatplane. Take Glacier Highway north of Juneau to 26.6 miles, the parking area is on the right just past Herbert River Road before the Herbert River Bridge.  A one mile hike on Herbert River Road leads you to the trailhead on the bank of Herbert River.  The road is closed to vehicle traffic.   Access to the cabin is by hiking the 3.3 mile Windfall Lake Trail to the cabin on the east shore of Windfall Lake.  An alternate trail to the cabin is 7 miles along the Montana Creek Trail and starts at the end of Montana Creek Road.

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