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Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Chilkoot Lake - Pamela Himsworth Randles

Southeast Region

Refuge Cove State Recreation Site

Refuge Cove State Recreation Site


★ ADA Facility - No
★ 13 Acres
★ Toilets
★ Picnic Sites
★ Picnic Shelter


★ Day use
★ Fishing
★ Plant Interpretation Trail (14 plant identification signs developed by Ketchikan elementary students from Tongass School of Arts and Science)

Refuge Cove is 13 acre park stretching a 1/2 mile between the sandy beach and Sunset Drive Road. Trails run the length of the park. There are 9 picnic sites, a picnic shelter, and fire ring grills.

This is a frequent stop for many local families for an evening picnic and fabulous sunset views.

The picnic shelter is reservable online.
Check Availability of the Picnic Shelter

8.7 North Tongass Highway

Driving Directions:
From Ketchikan Airport, ferry across, turn left on North Tongass Hwy. Turn left onto Sunset Dr. at milepost 8.7 off of N. Tongass Hwy.

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