Caines Head State Recreation Site

Derby Cove Cabin

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  • Derby Cove Cabin

Cabin Specifications

★ Minimum Occupancy: 1 Guest
★ Maximum Occupancy: 8 Guests
★ Site Access Method: Summer - Float Plane or Boat-in
★ Stay Limit: 7 Consecutive Nights
★ Check-in/out Time: 12:00pm
★ Pets Allowed: Yes, always on leash
★ Fees: (see fee page)
★ Cabin Dimensions: 14' x 18'
★ Heating Method: Woodstove (Bring your own fuel)


★ 2 full size bunk beds
★ Latrine
★ Counter and cabinets
★ Table with benches

Derby Cove Cabin is in Caines Head State Recreation Area. Caines Head State Recreation Area lies approximately seven nautical miles south of Seward in Resurrection Bay. This cabin sits within a spruce and hemlock forest behind a gravel beach. At the head of the Caines Head trail system, Derby Cove is a quarter mile from the ranger station. Derby Cove cabin is situated roughly 1/8 mile beyond the beach along the trail. If coming by water; look for an orange buoy marking the trail to the cabin.

Derby Cove cabin offers a host of recreational opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast. Fishing, hiking, spectacular scenery and wildlife viewing are some of the recreational opportunities available at this location. Historic trails following old army roads take hikers to Fort McGilvray and on to South Beach. Fort McGilvray is perched on a 650-foot rocky cliff that offers dramatic views of Resurrection Bay. The fort is open to explore, but take a flashlight to find your way through the maze of underground passages and rooms.

The Derby Cove cabin Cabins can be reached by the coastal tidal trail, private boat, floatplane, or commercial water taxi service. Those planning to hike to the cabin should come prepared to work around the tides. The coastal trail begins at Lowell Point at the Lowell Point State Recreation Site trailhead and upper-parking area. The trail leads two miles to Tonsina Point where the tidal trail begins. The next one and one-half miles must be crossed at a plus 4 foot low tide or lower during the summer months and a plus 3 foot low tide or lower during winter months, to avoid getting stranded between the sea and the cliffs. Be familiar with the tides and get started 2 hours prior to the outgoing side of a low tide. Consult the Cordova or Seward District tides for the correct tide and times.

N60° 0'44.90" W149°24'54.72"

Special Notes:
Water - Water available in stream but must be treated or boiled before drinking.

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