Afognak Island State Park
Laura Lake Cabin
★ Minimum Occupancy: 1 Guest
★ Maximum Occupancy: 6 Guests
★ Site Access Method: Summer - Float Plane
★ Stay Limit: 7 Nights
★ Check-in/out Time: 12:00pm
★ Pets Allowed: Yes**
★ Fees: (see fee page)
★ Cabin Dimensions: 12' x 14'
★ Heating Method: Wood
★ Wood Provided, (split your own)
★ Axe and maul
★ Sleeping platforms
★ Table and seating
The 3-mile long freshwater lake is part of the productive Paul’s and Laura Lakes salmon spawning system. Red salmon enter Paul’s Lake in mid-June and silvers enter during August. These fish must journey two miles through Paul’s Lake and up a cascading creek before entering Laura Lake. Because Laura Lake is two miles from saltwater and is at an elevation of 160 feet, salmon struggling to enter the lake are beginning spawn; they are no longer bright in color. Fishing is typically much better in Paul’s Lake, which can be reach with an approximately 1 hour hike.
The cabin is approximately 12’x14’ with a wood stove, 6 bunk style sleeping platforms to fit a maximum of six people, a basic supply of cooking pots, pans, and utensils for six people. Visitors should plan to bring any additional gear including a cook stove, lantern or LED lighting, sleeping pad and any gear or supplies they rely upon. The location offers great opportunities for hunting, fishing, kayaking and exploring. The cabin is located approximately 50 feet from the lakeshore, although water is readily available from the lake, it is recommended to bring your own supply of water for drinking and other needs or visitors are advised to purify the lake water before use. The Lake may freeze as early as November 1, please plan and monitor your travel plans accordingly for the season.
A primitive, but marked, 1.7 mile trail leads from the cabin to Paul’s Lake. The trail is muddy and difficult to follow at times. Kodiak Brown bears, Sitka black-tailed deer, Roosevelt elk, and fox may be found in the area. Hunters should bring an electric fence to prevent bears gaining access to meat hung in trees. Some visitors may want to bring a canoe, kayak or inflatable watercraft to explore the lake’s extensive fingers.
Some private (native corporation) lands adjacent to the park may require special permits to access. If you plan to enter these areas, check landowner requirements and policies.
Laura Lake is located on the north central section of Afognak Island roughly 2 1/2 miles from the head of Paul’s Bay and the cabin sits in the northern portion of the Lake. Cabin access is via floatplane from the lake.
GPS: N 58°21.29' W 152°18.35'
Weather – Afognak Island is subject to severe and unpredictable weather. In Alaskan waters hypothermia can set in within minutes. A large amount of annual precipitation can occur and summertime temperatures range from the low 40's to the low 60's (Fahrenheit). Poor weather can delay flights to and from the park so all visitors are encouraged to pack extra food and supplies in case they get weathered in. Always be ready for rain and wet ground/be prepared to stay dry and warm.
Bears - Kodiak brown bear (Ursus arctos) are found on Afognak Island. Be prepared for bear encounters during any season. Respect the bears, give them the right of way and make a lot of noise to alert bears of your presence. Use caution, avoid surprise encounters, and follow all bear safety etiquette. Do not leave any food items or trash outside of cabins or otherwise accessible to bears. Discard fish and animal entrails in ocean or deep fast-moving water.
Communications - Carry signaling devise in case of an emergency (orange cloth/flares/etc.). It is recommended to have at least one electronic communication device such as; satellite phone, handheld marine band radio or portable satellite communication system (SPOT type of device)
Carry first aid items, flashlight (particularly in winter), snack and a fire starter.
Surface water should be boiled or treated before drinking.
Please help protect shorebirds by keeping dogs under control at all times; do not allow dogs to disturb or chase birds or wildlife.
Always tell a friend, relative, or park ranger (486-6339) where you are going and when you expect to return.
Disturbing or damaging natural, cultural or historic objects prohibited.
No discharge of firearms within a half mile of the cabin. Fireworks and explosives are prohibited.
** Pets must be under control at all times and you are responsible for cleaning up your pet’s waste.
Pack out everything you pack in.
Check Availablility on Reserve America
Once you make a reservation, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from Reserve America with important information about the cabin. Print out this confirmation e-mail and bring it with you to the cabin. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail within 24 hours of making the reservation, please contact the reservation call center at 1-844-351-9733 7am-7pm AKST..
Remember that these cabins are not hotels. Always be prepared! Be sure to bring:
- Sleeping bag and pad or air mattress
- Cookware, dishes, utensils
- Cooking stove and fuel
- Matches, lighters, paper fire starter
- 9-volt battery for smoke detectors
- First aid items
- Plastic trash bags
- Jug of water
- Saw or ax, just in case
- Lantern and fuel