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Tongass National Forest
(Juneau Ranger District)


Auke Picnic Area
The Picnic Shelter is located adjacent to a scenic beach on the northern shoreline of Auke Bay, once a village site for the Auk Tlingit Natives. It is the last shelter on the west end of the picnic area. It is the largest shelter with the fireplace and the stone retaining wall between it and the beach. Facilities include a fireplace, potable water hydrant, 2 outdoor cooking grills, 3 concrete picnic tables and a outdoor fire-ring on the beach.

The area is accessible by a staircase and fully accessible ramp and is serviced by 2 fully accessible vault toilets. It can be reached from Auke Bypass, (old Glacier Highway) approximately 1.6 miles west of the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal; or approximately 15.6 miles from downtown Juneau.


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Parking is limited to the extended shoulder along the highway. Use caution when loading and unloading vehicles due to the hazards of highway traffic. Parking is limited especially on sunny days. It is recommended to carpool when the weather is nice.

Skaters Cabin Picnic
Skaterís Cabin Picnic Shelter is located on the shore of the southwest corner of Mendenhall Lake, near the Mendenhall Glacier. It is accessible from the Back Loop Road, approximately 6 miles from the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal, or approximately 13 miles from downtown Juneau. The cabin was constructed in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps and is made with natural stone. The cabin is equipped with a covered porch and 2 movable picnic tables along with a wood stove. Outside facilities include a large group fire ring in front of the cabin and a stationary wood picnic table and fire ring adjacent to the southwest corner of the cabin. The area is accessible by a staircase and fully accessible trails and ramp to the beach. A potable water hydrant and fully accessible vault toilets are also provided. The picnic area also has two additional picnic sites with fire rings designated for no group use, and they are not reserveable under this permit.
Parking is limited to the 14-stall parking lot in back of the cabin. Two of these stalls are designated forhandicapped use only. Additional parking is available at the West Glacier Trailhead parking lot approximately 200 yds to the north.

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