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Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Interior of Public-Use Cabin

Shuyak Island State Park

Deer Haven Cabin

Deer Haven Cabin 1
Deer Haven Cabin 2

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: 12' x 20'
★ Heating Method: Woodstove


★ Deck
★ Outhouse
★ Bunk bed sleeping platforms
★ Table with benches
★ Wood Provided (split your own)
★ Axe and Maul

The Deer Haven Public-Use Cabin is located inside the protection of Carry Inlet near Big Bay on Shuyak Island State Park just up from the ocean shoreline in a dense old growth Sitka spruce forest. The cabin is built from a cedar 'Pan Abode' kit and measures 12' x 20', which includes an outhouse and a wood shed usually outfitted with wood and splitting tools at the cabin site. Cabin furnishings include four bunk style "double sized" sleeping platforms, wood stove, a basic supply of cooking pots, pans, and utensils for four to 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 hiking, and some cabin users may also find excellent beach combing near-by. There is a sink in the cabin, but water must be hauled to the cabin from a nearby fresh water stream. Visitors are advised to purify the water before using it. The Island has approximately 14 miles of established trails that link some of the cabins to points on the outer coast and the state park contact station. The cabin can sleep up to a maximum of 8, but 4-6 comfortably with a maximum stay of 7 consecutive nights per month.

The Deer Haven cabin is located on the western shoreline near the southern end of Carry Inlet.

GPS N58 34.63', W152 32.8'

Special Notes:
Weather - Shuyak Island is at the tip of the Kodiak Archipelago and is subject to severe and unpredictable weather. Sea conditions can deteriorate rapidly: large swells, rough seas, high winds, and heavy surf occur frequently in open waters. The inner bays are generally protected, but in Alaskan waters hypothermia can set in within minutes. Average annual precipitation is about 75 inches 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 soft wet ground/be prepared to stay dry and warm.

Bears - Kodiak brown bear (Ursus arctos) are found on Shuyak Island. Be prepared for bear encounters. 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.

Fireworks and explosives are prohibited.

Disturbing or damaging natural, cultural or historic objects prohibited.

Check for Availability on Reserve America

Important Info

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 9am-5pm..

Remember that these cabins are not hotels. Always be prepared! Be sure to bring:

  • Sleeping bag and pad or air mattress
  • Food
  • 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
  • Flashlight
  • Lantern and fuel

Mission Statement

"The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation provides outdoor recreation opportunities and conserves and interprets natural, cultural, and historic resources for the use, enjoyment, and welfare of the people."

Accessibility Notice

Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Atwood Building
550 West 7th Avenue
Suite 1380
Anchorage, AK 99501
DNR Public Information Center:
(907) 269-8400
DPOR Director's Office:
(907) 269-8700