Hook Point Cabin on Hinchinbrook Island provides an array of outdoor adventures such as fishing, hunting, beachcombing, hiking and wildlife viewing. Visitors must provide their own travel arrangements, amenities, and heating oil for the cabin. The nearby Cape Hinchinbrook Lighthouse is a great historical site that has been used to direct vessels for centuries.
Hook Point Cabin is situated 1.5 miles west of Hook Point on Hinchinbrook Island in the Chugach National Forest. Visitors to the cabin will find many opportunities for recreation and relaxation in the vicinity. Fishing,
hunting, beachcombing, hiking and wildlife viewing are all easily accessible from the site.
Access to the cabin is by wheeled plane on the beach at low tide only, 15 minutes from Cordova. The landing area is a half-mile from the cabin. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.
Hook Point Cabin has two small creeks in the area, but only one of them is fishable. Pink salmon, coho salmon and cutthroat trout are found in a creek about a mile east of the cabin.
Razor clams can provide a tasty alternative to fish. The best clamming spots may take awhile to find, but
in a minus tide (0.0 feet or lower), visitors can search the shore for them (local tide tables
There are miles of sandy beach for beachcombing. This
is one of the better beaches in the spring, as winter storms wash up Japanese fishing floats, shells, bottles
and other wave-swept treasures from the open ocean.
Several primitive trails extend from the cabin into the forest. A nearby waterfall makes a good day hike
Hunters can take advantage of a long hunting season on the island and in the surrounding national forest.
Bear season occurs during spring and fall, while deer season begins in late summer and lasts through late
The cabin is a 16-by-16 foot rustic A-frame equipped with wooden bunks that sleep up to six guests. The cabin is furnished with a table, benches, wood and oil stoves
for heat, a rainwater catchment barrel and an outdoor pit toilet.
The cabin does not have running water, electricity, cut firewood or heating oil. Visitors must bring their own water supply, firewood and #1 oil for the oil heating
Visitors must bring food, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, a cook stove, matches, cooking gear, lanterns or flashlights, toilet paper, a first aid kit and garbage bags.
All trash and food must be packed out, and visitors are expected to clean the cabin before leaving.
Hinchinbrook Island is in the Gulf of Alaska at the entrance to Prince William Sound. The cabin is
located in a mature spruce stand at the edge of a long, sandy intertidal beach on the Gulf of Alaska side of
the island. Steep mountains rise from behind the cabin.
Wildlife in the area abounds, including Sitka black-tail deer and brown bear (learn about bear
). The beaches on the Prince William Sound shoreline offer views of the Sound and the surrounding mountains. Occasionally, humpback and killer whales can be seen spouting offshore.
Located on the southwest end of Hinchinbrook Island, Cape Hinchinbrook Lighthouse is a fantastic historical site that has proved invaluable at directing vessels to and from Prince William Sound. Though no longer used as a primary navigational aid, the beacon still serves as a reassuring presence along the rugged Alaskan coast.