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Interior of Public-Use Cabin

Grindall Island State Marine Park

Grindall Island Cabin

Grindall Island Cabin 1
Grindall Island Cabin 2

Cabin Specifications

★ Minimum Occupancy: 1 Guest
★ Maximum Occupancy: 6 Guests
★ Site Access Method: Boat or Float Plane
★ Stay Limit: 7 Nights
★ Check-in/out Time: 12:00pm
★ Pets Allowed: Yes, always on leash
★ Fees: (see fee page)
★ Cabin Dimensions: 12' x 14'
★ Heating Method: Wood Stove (Bring your own wood)


★ Wood Stove
★ Mooring Buoy
★ Pit Toilet
★ Double Bunks

This cozy Pan-Abode style cabin was originally built by the Forest Service in 1969. It sits on a rocky bluff overlooking the protected waters of Grindall Passage. Adjacent to the cabin is a protected cove with an unmaintained mooring buoy for marine access. Historically Grindall Island was used for fox farming before it became a recreation site.

The steep rocky shores of the island are rich with sea life making this a popular destination for divers. Because of the tidal action around the island, various marine debris are deposited here making beachcombing a sometimes-rewarding activity for park visitors. The Grindall Island area is known for its king salmon and halibut fishing. One of the main attractions is the sea lion haul out on the southwest side of the Island. The Grindall Island PUC is an essential destination for anyone wanting to experience the remote Southeast Alaska marine environment.

Park is located on an island and is accessed by float plane or boat only. Located on the west side of Clarence Strait south of the Kasaan Peninsula. Distance by boat from Knudson Cove in Ketchikan is 16 miles, 22 miles from Bar Harbor in Ketchikan and 25 miles from Hollis on Prince of Wales Island.


GPS 55°26'53"N, 132°8'25"W

Special Notes:
There is no dock, visitors will need a small craft to get from their boat to the beach. There is an unmaintained mooring buoy at this site, use at own risk. No fresh water is available at the cabin and wood for heating is not provided. Bring appropriate clothing and come prepared for unpredictable changes in weather. Extra provisions are recommended as bad weather sometimes prevents safe navigation across Clarence Strait.

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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
  • Firewood
  • 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