About Shrode Lake Cabin
Shrode Lake Cabin is open year-round, offering the opportunity to enjoy both summer and winter recreation in beautiful Prince William Sound. The cabin is in a secluded location that provides a true backcountry experience. The site can be accessed by float plane or boat, depending on conditions. Those arriving by boat should be prepared to hike one mile to the cabin from where the boat anchors in Long Bay. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities. Natural Features: Shrode Cabin is situated on the northeastern shore of Shrode Lake, a freshwater lake near Long Bay, which is just off Culross Passage in Prince William Sound. Shrode Lake is separated from the saltwater Long Bay by a lagoon. The cabin is located in an open grassy and muskeg area with evergreen forest nearby. The front of the cabin overlooks the lake and surrounding mountains. Black bears, Sitka black-tailed deer, waterfowl and bald eagles make their home here (learn about bear safety). Recreation: Hike on the one-mile trail to Long Bay or hike to Jack Lake (no designated trail), which is a half-mile from the cabin. Three Fingers Cove to the west of Shrode Lake can be accessed via a one and a half-mile primitive trail that may require some route-finding skills. Note: This trail requires a substantial river crossing (Shrode River). Anglers can fish for sockeye salmon in mid-July, a relatively small run that passes through quickly. Abundant pink salmon are available from mid-July to mid-August, and silver salmon in late August. Fishing takes place in Long Bay (saltwater), the lagoon between saltwater and Shrode Lake, and the stream that drains Shrode Lake. Dolly Varden trout are available in Shrode Lake. Guests can use the small rowboat and oars provided by the Forest Service, but should bring their own personal floatation device. It is important to consult tide tables before boating in order to properly navigate the lagoon and avoid the numerous rock hazards in the area (local tide tables). In season deer and bear hunting is possible in designated areas with a permit. The terrain and amount of snowfall makes for excellent cross-country and backcountry skiing in the spring months. Facilities: The cabin is a 16 x 16 foot A-frame with a main floor and a sleeping loft. It accommodates up to six people and comes equipped with wooden bunks, a kerosene heater, a table, benches, broom, fire extinguisher and an outhouse with a pit toilet. Water, electricity and fuel for the heater are not provided. Freshwater is available around the cabin, but it should be treated before drinking. Visitors are responsible for bringing their own drinking water, kerosene for heater (a gallon will last four to six hours), a cook stove, flashlights or lanterns, bedding, mattresses, toilet paper, garbage bags, cookware, dishes and utensils. ACTIVITIES Fishing Hiking Hunting Winter Sports: Cross Country Skiing
USDA Forest Service
Shrode Lake Cabin is located in Alaska
Access by float plane is 45 minutes from Anchorage and 55 minutes from Cordova. By boat the trip is 25 miles from Whittier into Long Bay, then an additional one-mile hike on a trail to reach the lake. The trailhead at Long Bay is very tidal dependent and best accessed at a high tide. Please consult the Whittier tide book or local water taxi for information. The cabin can also be accessed from the Three Fingers Trail (one and a half miles to cabin) but does require a substantial river crossing (Shrode River) to access the cabin. Boats should anchor in Long Bay. Only shallow-draft vessels can proceed during high tide as far as the lagoon at the head of Long Bay. Numerous rock hazards are in the channel and lagoon. In fall, winter, spring and early summer, the cabin may be inaccessible by float plane due to frozen lake surface. Ice has been observed on Shrode Lake as late as July. Contact the Glacier Ranger District office (907) 783-3242 for information prior to making reservations during these periods.
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