The Alaska State Parks and the U.S. Forest Service have cabins for rent.
Alaska State Parks. Near Ketchikan and Juneau, the park system has a small number of cabins for which reservations can be made up to six months in advance. Sleeping capacity ranges from 4 to 10 people. Alaska. www.dnr.alaska.gov/parks. From $45 a night.
U.S. Forest Service Cabins. Tongass National Forest has more than 150 rustic sites with cabins. At up to $45 per night, they make for a cheap and charming escape, but they're popular with Alaskans and return visitors, so many are booked long before summer arrives. Reserve in person, by mail, or online—up to six months in advance of your planned arrival date—with the National Recreation Reservation System. If you haven't arranged a cabin before hitting town, check at the local Forest Service office; you might find something, though perhaps not in the most popular locations. Most cabins are reached by floatplane or boat, but some are accessible by road. They offer bunks for six to eight occupants, tables, stoves, and outdoor privies—but no electricity or running water. You provide your own sleeping bag, food, and cooking utensils. Bedside reading in most cabins includes a diary kept by visitors—add your own adventure. Alaska. 877/444–6777; www.recreation.gov.
A few local outfitters rent cabin supplies. Alaska Wilderness Outfitting, part of Experience One Charters in Ketchikan, rents supplies such as cooking utensils, Coleman stoves, coolers, knives, and hot pads. Annahootz Alaskan Adventures in Sitka can outfit you with supplies from lighters and matches to pots and pans.
Annahootz Alaskan Adventures. Sitka, Alaska, 99835. 907/747–2608; www.annahootz.com.
Experience One Charters. 3857 Fairview Ave., Ketchikan, Alaska, 99901. 907/225–2343; www.latitude56.com.