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Interior of Public Use Cabin

Afognak Island State Park

Waterfall Bay Cabin

Waterfall Bay Cabin 1
Waterfall Bay Cabin Interior
Waterfall Bay Cabin Outhouse
Waterfall Bay Cabin Beach Landing
Waterfall Bay Cabin Trail

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 16'
★ Heating Method: Woodstove

Afognak Island SP Map


★ Sleeping platforms
★ Table with chairs
★ Propane stove top burners (propane not provided)
★ Outhouse

This cabin is approximately 14x16 with four sleeping platforms, located a little over half a mile up a trail from Waterfall Bay. The cabin is in a meadow along the Little Waterfall River. This cabin has a propane cooking stove, but propane is not provided, if you wish to use it, you must bring your own (large 20# tank style) propane. For most visitors, it would make more sense to bring a small cook stove.

The area is popular for hiking, bear viewing, photography, fishing, hunting, kayaking, and camping. Excellent salmon fishing can be found in Little Waterfall River, which receives runs of Red Salmon, Silver Salmon, and Pink Salmon.

Visitors will need to be physically prepared to pack their gear in and out on a rough trail more than half a mile from their saltwater beach access location to the cabin. Be prepared to pack light or make multiple trips to the beach. The trail is muddy in some sections, and other sections have slick, rotten, or broken boardwalks that need to be avoided.

Cabin users should be aware that bears will congregate in the area for salmon fishing and need to understand best practices in bear country. Visitors will frequently encounter bears in the immediate vicinity of the cabin.

Sitka black-tailed deer, Roosevelt elk, and fox may also be found in the area. Hunters should bring an electric fence to prevent bears gaining access to meat hung in trees or use the cable system to suspend their meat out of reach. Do not leave food, fish, or meat accessible to bears.

Near the cabin is a woodstove heated sauna, locally known as a banya. Visitors should be familiar with sauna safety practices before using it. Do not store food, fish, or meat in the banya.

Some of the shorelines in the area can be hiked at low tide, but outcroppings and tide changes can make travel difficult. Visitors that want to travel far along the shoreline from the cabin should bring a kayak or raft. Halibut, cod, and rockfish can be caught in near shore waters.

Average temperatures in the summer are in the 50's and 60's. The coastal climate is cool, high average rainfall of 60-90 inches creates a wet environment. Have warm clothing and quality rain gear, inclement weather can occur quickly and last for days. Winter snow conditions vary from wet and snowy to cold and clear.

The cabin area is accessible by boat and floatplane.

Beach access and suitability for boat anchoring is good.

Beach landings can be made at high or low tide, but rising tides are best for loading or unloading a boat and reduce the chances of beaching.

Lat: 58.39159 Long: -152.50992

Special Notes:
Primary heat at the cabin is woodstove. Some firewood rounds may be available, but you should plan to bring a saw to collect wood and only dead and down wood should be cut. Do not cut down trees.

The water supply is the river, 25 yards from the cabin. Water must be boiled or treated.

Weather - Afognak Island 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. 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. 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. You are responsible for cleaning up your pet's waste.

Always tell a friend, relative, or park ranger (907-486-6339) where you are going and when you expect to return.

Fireworks and explosives are prohibited.

Disturbing or damaging natural, cultural or historic objects prohibited.

Pack out everything you pack in.

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
  • 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
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Suite 1380
Anchorage, AK 99501
DNR Public Information Center:
(907) 269-8400
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