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Water

Be sure to bring enough water for the night because the creek by the cabin is currently dried up.

Lake side sites

The sites on the right on the lake can be great. However, on a sunny day the wind will likely blow hard off the glacier making it very cold till the evening, which in summer can mean 10pm or so. I’ve lived just s couple block from here for 30 years. Trust me

Views of the Glacier are beautiful!

This is a very nice campground set back from Mendenhall lake and the famous Mendenhall Glacier.  Bears frequent this area and sometimes wolves too.  If you are looking for that wild Alaska experience you can have it here.  Lots of hiking around there.  Once that salmon start running you can walk on the man made walkway next to the creek and watch bears catch salmon to feed their cubs!  Truly an amazing experience!  If you make it there during the winter bring your cross country skis and ski through the campground, or across the lake to the glacier.

Great place to take scenic photos

Excellent location on lake offering a spectacular view. Nice campground, cozy and only offers less than 70 sites. Full hookups are available at some. Picnic tables and fire rings are available at sites. There is also a dump station and restrooms available. Hiking trails are close. As is the Mendenhall Glacier accessible from the Visitor Center

Sister's cabin- a picnic shelter

Skaters cabin is a small stone building used for get togethers. It's not a campground, but can be reserved for picnics.

St. James State Marine Park

St. James State Marine Park is located approximately 35 miles northwest of Juneau and 45 miles south of Haines. The park encompasses St. James Bay, Boat harbor, and continues north up the valley which drains the area. The area has abundant protected anchorages, concentrations of fish and wildlife, and beach landing areas.

The average temperatures in the summer are in the 60's, rare highs hitting 80, which I was blessed to experience. Have warm clothing and quality rain gear, as inclement weather can set in quickly and last for days. Snow can begin to accumulate as early as October.

The recreational use of St. James Bay is extremely high. The bay, easily accessed by small boat from the Amalga Harbor boat launch, Auke Bay, or Juneau, is a popular area for wildlife viewing, photography, waterfowl and big game hunting, sport fishing, boating, kayaking, and camping.

Beautiful Camping on the Cove

The protected cove with a nice pebble beach is frequently used as a picnic site for those using small water craft as well as hikers and folks who like to fish from the rocks for salmon and char from April through October. Sleeps a max of 6 with a max stay of 3 consecutive nights. Cabins are not furnished with mattresses. Summer access: by foot or by small boats. The foot trail begins at Point Bridget State Park Trailhead parking area at Mile 39 Glacier Highway. The trail is 3.75 miles to the cabin. Winter access: the same trail is open in the winter. Visitors can ski or snowshoe the first 2.5 miles, but no ATV's or other motorized vehicles are allowed. Primary heat at the cabin is kerosene with an emergency wood-stove.

Amazing Views of Lynn Canal

This cabin is at the end of the road going North of Juneau. The cabin is not furnished with mattresses & sleeps a max of 8 for a max of 3 nights. Summer access by foot or boat (can haul onto a rocky beach). The foot trail begins at Point Bridget State Park Trailhead parking area at Mile 39 Glacier Highway. The trail is 3.4 miles to the cabin. Winter access: the same trail is open in the winter. Visitors can ski or snowshoe in, but no ATV's or other motorized vehicles are allowed. Primary heat at the cabin is kerosene with an emergency woodstove.

Beautiful Camping on a Glacial Creek

Epic access to Lynn Canal & Cowee Creek. Brown Bears & Moose have moved back into the area after an absense of several decades. Beautiful Wildflowers abound in late-Spring - early-Summer.

The Cabin is 12' X 16' with room for a maximum of 8 people & a maximum stay of 3 consecutive nights. $50 per night. Cabins are not furnished with mattresses. Summer access: by foot or by small boats (can haul onto a beach). The foot trail begins at Point Bridget State Park Trailhead parking area at Mile 39 Glacier Highway. The trail is 2.5 miles to the cabin. Winter access: the same trail is open in the winter. Visitors can ski or snowshoe in, but no ATV's or other motorized vehicles are allowed. Primary heat at the cabin is kerosene with an emergency woodstove. It is recommended the user bring a minimum of 1 gallon of kerosene per day to supply heat for the cabin (2 gallons per night in the winter). The fuel storage tank for the stove is on the rear of the cabin. Water supply is from the creek. Please purify before using. GPS 058° 40' 20.48"N, 134° 57' 47.18"W.

Epic Access to the Forest & S. Lynn Canal

Rugged & Beautiful! I was able to moore off-shore to enjoy hiking in the forest in addition to fishing & crabbing. This is a fantastic location & is nearing the end of the road North of Juneau, just past St. Terese.