Karluk River Cabins

The Karluk River flows through a remote area on the southwest side of Kodiak Island, and Koniag manages the majority of land in the Karluk River Basin.

Travel and recreation on the Karluk is similar to other backcountry locations in Alaska. There are risks involved, including encounters with wild animals, inclement weather hampering travel and pick-up plans, and injury. Koniag strongly recommends that any person traveling to remote lands fully prepares themselves mentally, physically, and materially before venturing into the backcountry. Along with traditional trip-planning advice and common sense, some additional Kodiak-specific steps include:

  • Ask questions of people who have previously traveled to your intended destination;
  • Speak with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Kodiak about bear behavior and etiquette while in bear country (visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website for more information);
  • Carry at least one type of emergency communication (VHF radio, satellite phone, etc.), be familiar with its use, and know local emergency numbers;
  • Familiarize yourself with maps of the location and required permits;
  • Dress in layers of appropriate and durable outdoor clothing;
  • Pack several extra days worth of food; and
  • File a trip plan with someone you know, which includes information about your air taxi provider.

Nearly all access to the Karluk is via float plane air taxis. There are only three access points for float planes along the river: at the outlet of Karluk Lake, the Portage area mid-river, and in the Karluk Lagoon at the terminus of the river. There are many opportunities for recreation along the river, from hunting and angling to enjoying the intrinsic beauty of this incredible ecosystem through river floats, photography, and just generally relaxing away from the trappings of civilization.

To facilitate public access, Koniag owns and operates four cabins located at strategic locations along the Karluk River, and these four cabins each provide distinct opportunities for outdoor recreation and entertainment.

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The Outlet

Located at the outlet of Karluk Lake, and the headwaters of the Karluk River, the Outlet is a six-person panabode sited in an ideal location for lake and river access and recreation.


The Shareholder Cabin

Located across the river from the Portage Yurt on the “Larsen Bay side” of the Karluk, the Shareholder Cabin’s primary use is for Koniag Shareholders, but space may be available for rent by non-Shareholders.

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The Portage Yurt

A durable yurt and adjoining cooking/dining cabin offers a quaint way to experience the Karluk River, and is ideal for larger (6 guests and their attendant guides) groups.

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The Guard Shack

Slightly Spartan accommodations make the Guard Shack a perennial favorite for solo stays or couples looking to get away from it all… and have a roof over your head.

Apply for a Land Use Permit

Guided and Unguided users must obtain and carry a Land Use Permit when visiting Koniag’s lands. Shareholders can obtain permits at no charge by contacting lands@koniag.com.



Koniag Land Use Management Map




If you have any questions about our lands, booking your stay at the Karluk River Cabins, the Land Access Permit and Use Endorsement program, or land management in general, feel free to contact us at lands@koniag.com or at (907) 481-4131.