Moser Island Cabin sits on the northern shore of Moser Island in upper Hoonah Sound, 48 miles north of Sitka, Alaska. The wood cabin, built in 1991 by volunteers from Sitka, is available year-round and makes an excellent base for experiencing and exploring this corner of Alaska.
This is a remote site. The cabin can be accessed only by floatplane or boat, weather permitting. From Sitka, it's a 30-minute plane ride or a two-hour boat ride. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring their own amenities.
Beachcombing, seal watching, hunting and fishing are popular activities at Moser Island Cabin.
Shrimp fishing is available south and east of the island, and crabbing is available in nearby bays. Local rivers can be fished for Dolly Varden and pink and chum salmon. Deer, bear and waterfowl hunting is allowed on Chichagof Island, accessible from the cabin during low tide.
For information about fishing and hunting permits and seasons, visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website.
The wood, 12' by 14' Pan abode-style cabin can accommodate up to six people with two double and two single plywood bunks. A wood stove for heat, a table with benches, a cooking counter, cupboard, broom and an axe or splitting maul are provided. An outhouse toilet is close to the cabin.
Mattresses and cooking utensils are not provided. Visitors should bring sleeping bags and pads, a cooking stove, pots, pans, plates, utensils, food, toilet paper, a lantern, garbage bags, a fire extinguisher and fire starter. Rain gear and boots are recommended.
Water is available from a nearby stream but must be treated before using. It's recommended that guests bring their own water.
A mooring buoy is available on first-come, first-served basis. Cabin reservations do not include exclusive use of the buoy. Mooring buoys are configured using a 4200-lb concrete block with 90 feet of 7/8th-inch stud link chain. Mariners are responsible for determining how suitable an anchoring system is for the size of their craft.
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Moser Island is a small island covered by a spruce and hemlock forest in upper Hoonah Sound. At low tide, the shoreline near the cabin leads to Chichagof Island.
Wildlife, including deer, brown bear and waterfowl, is abundant in the surrounding area.
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I've stayed at this cabin twice and absolutely love going here. It is perfect place to camp with the family or make it a boys trip. Easiest way to get to the cabin is from Sitka, takes little under 2 hours by boat. Near the cabin, there is great crabbing across the bay and decent shrimping within a 10 minute boat ride. There is one mooring buoy to tie up to so bring a raft to get to shore. Outside the cabin, there is a couple benches around the fire pit and a rope swing. There is some pre-cut wood alongside the cabin, otherwise you can always scavenge for more wood. I would bring an ax. There is also a tire swing next to the fire pit. Inside the cabin, it is small but easily slept all of us (5 guys). Bring all your own camping gear. There is also a little wood stove inside the cabin to help warm it up at night. Only warning, be on the lookout for bears, there was multiple signs of them so don't leave anything outside