Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau Ranger District of the Tongass National Forest will be taking reservations for three popular day-use shelters starting Nov. 2, 2020, until the end of April 2021.
The Raven shelter in Auke Village Recreation Area, the King Salmon shelter at Lena Beach Picnic Area, and Skater’s Cabin in the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area are the shelters available for reservation.
There will be no fee associated with these reservations during the winter months. These three reservable shelters remain open for first come first serve use, but if a party shows up with a reservation, the shelter needs to be vacated to honor the reservation.
Reservations will be limited to four-hour blocks. In order to maximize availability to the community, the district is requesting individuals and groups to reserve no more than two sites at a time.
The USDA Forest Service recognizes the convenience of being able to reserve some shelters for special events in the offseason and wishes to offer this public service on a trial basis to test its feasibility. Due to the popularity of day-use sites, taking reservations can be a significant workload for reduced administrative staff in the winter.
“There will be fees associated with all reservations eventually, but we wanted to offer these services for free during the trial,” said Ed Grossman, Recreation Program Manager for the Juneau Ranger District. “We’re also working with a contractor to make it possible for users to reserve sites on-line in the future.”
For more information or to make reservations, call 586-8800 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.