Winstanley Island Cabin

Minimum ceiling: 2000 feet
Minimum flying altitude: 1700 feet
Minimum visibility: 1 mile
Approximate distance: 45 miles

Direct from Mountain Point to Cabin: 25 miles at 045
Direct from Cabin to Mountain Point: 25 miles at 226

VFR Directions: To the Island Cabin

  1. After leaving PAKT or 5KE, position over Pennock Island in the Tongass Narrows at a heading of 110
  2. At the south end of Pennock Island, head toward Bold Island, Set your heading at 094. Bold Island is 9 miles ahead. [3.6 minutes]
  3. At the south end of Bold Island, set a heading for 088 for Alava Point, the point of land 8.3 miles ahead. [5 minutes]
  4. At Alava Point set your heading at 017 for Smeaton Island, 9.6 miles ahead. You will fly over Rudyerd Island on this leg. At this point, you are in the Behm Canal, a body of water that circles the Ketchikan Area. [6 minutes]
  5. At Smeaton Island, set your heading at 002 for Candle Island. This is the small island at the southern tip of Winstanley Island [4 minutes]
  6. Continue north over Winstanley Island. Toward the northern tip, there is a cove on the eastern side. The Cabin is located on that cove. [5 minutes]

VFR Directions: Returning to Ketchikan

  1. Select a heading for Candle Island (approximately 150 degrees)
  2. At Candle Island, set a heading of 182 that takes you over Smeaton Island, 3.7 miles ahead. [2 minutes]
  3. At Smeaton Island, set a course for Alava Point at a heading of 199, 12.4 miles ahead. [7.5 minutes]
  4. At Alava Point, set a heading of 269 for Bold Island 8.3 miles ahead. [5 minutes]
  5. Over Bold Island, set a heading of 275 for Pennock Island [5.5 minutes] ... you are now in the Tongass Narrows and ATC should be directing your destination.

Description: This is a rustic style 12' x 14' Pan-Abode log cabin with a wood-burning stove and sleeping space for 4 to 6 people. The cabin was constructed in 1972.

Location: Approximately 30 air miles (19 km) or 45 miles (72 km) by water east of Ketchikan on the east of the Behm Canal between Rudyerd and Smeaton Bays. Located on salt water, it is accessible by float plane or boat. A mooring buoy is provided. This cabin is located within the Misty Fiords National Monument Wilderness. Please Leave No Trace of your visit.

Season of Use: Year-around.

Facilities: 2 single plywood bunks, 2 double plywood bunks, Table and benches, Wood stove. Cooking counter, Food cupboard and shelves, Broom, mop and bucket, Outhouse toilet, Axe, Maul and wedge. Mooring buoy.

Water is available from a creek near the cabin. Treat all water before using. Bring your own sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cooking stove, lantern, pots, pans, plates, utensils, food, toilet paper, garbage bags, fire extinguisher and fire starter. This cabin contains a wood stove. Please conserve firewood; supplied firewood is for wood stove use only. Collect your own beach/driftwood for campfires.

Additional Comments: There is no skiff provided at this salt water site. A reservation for a Forest Service cabin does not include exclusive use of the buoy. Buoy is on a first-come, first-serve basis; however, mooring of more than one vessel is allowed, provided the first party there agrees.

Special Features: There are a number of scenic attractions within easy boating distance: Rudyerd Bay, Walker Cove, Chickamin River, Smeaton Bay, and the entire east Behm Canal. Several trails to fresh water streams and lakes and various hunting areas are accessible by boat: Salt water fishing, wilderness exploration, hiking, hunting, and beach combing are popular at this site.