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The information located on this checklist will assist you in being the most prepared for your trip planning. It would be helpful to consult with us prior to booking your transport into Ketchikan. We will make every attempt to accommodate your desired dates of travel.

Contact your air carrier for specific loading perimeters based on your specific trip (Taquan Air 1.800.770.8800). The following list is of recommended items based on the loading perimeters for one aircraft. Alaska Wilderness Outfitting (http://latitude56.com) can assist you with many items not found at the cabin as well as with Emergency Locator Transmitters that they have available.

Items We Provide Items we recommend you bring
  • We do include two queen air mattresses and battery operated pumps.
  • Fuel for lantern and stove
  • Matches
  • Propane Stove
  • Cooking stove
  • Lantern, mantels, Blazo, or Coleman fuel
  • Dishes, bowls, plates, cups
  • Pot with lid, skillet, and sauce pan for heating water and cooking
  • Cooking utensils, silverware, can opener, and sharp knife
  • Dish towels, pot holders, and dish soap
  • Life Jackets/Floatation Devices
  • Barbeque
  • Paper towels & toilet paper
  • 2 skiffs with oars
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flares
  • 2 Ice Chests with food (bring extra food in case of weather deterioration)
  • Briquettes, lighter fluid, lighter and waterproof matches
  • Queen sheets for air mattresses * D batteries for pumps
  • Sleeping bags
  • Storage container for water
  • Coffee pot
  • Towels for bathing and bar soap
  • Scrubber for dishes
  • Fishing pole, fillet knife and gear
  • Compass
  • Insect Repellent
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Local maps
  • Binoculars & Camera
  • Space blanket and energy foods
  • (1-2) 4hp Outboard Motor with fuel
  • ELT – Emergency Locator Transmitter (Can be rented and are required)

This document can be printed or saved for your records. Please familiarize yourself with the Chalet’s Rules and Guidelines. You will need to sign that you have read and understand these guidelines before your reservation is finalized.

Trip Preparation

You will need to provide your own food, beverages, fishing gear, sport fishing license, sleeping bags, and items of a personal nature (including swimsuit). Be sure to pack rain gear and warm clothing. Extra food and clothing are recommended, as your stay could be prolonged by bad weather and poor visibility. Please refer to the trip checklist for a complete list of what is available and what is suggested that you bring.

If you would like to order supplies in advance, they can be delivered to the air carrier on the day of your departure. Taquan Air provides cooler and freezer storage for earlier delivery which is recommended during the peak season. The following companies can assist with and deliver grocery items:

  • Alaskan & Proud Market – 907.225.1279
  • Carr’s Safeway – 907.228.1980
  • Tatsuda’s IGA Grocery – 907.225.4125

Pack It In – Pack It Out

Please familiarize yourself with the USDA Forest Service Pack It In – Pack It Out policy. To ensure the next users will have a pleasant stay and to reduce the possibility of bear and rodent problems, you are required to pack out all trash upon your departure and store it properly during your stay. IT IS EXPECTED THAT YOU LEAVE THE CABIN AND SURROUNDING AREA IN THE SAME OR BETTER CONDITION THAN YOU FOUND IT.

Firewood

The cabin is heated by wood stove. Firewood should be split, and stacked in the wood shed behind the cabin. However, if no one has been able to service the cabin you may have to split your own wood from the rounds provided by the lake shore. This will add to your “Alaskan Wilderness Adventure” and axes are provided at the cabin, but chainsaws are not. DO NOT CUT ANY TREES DOWN FOR FIREWOOD. Only burn wood, pellets, or burnable garbage; no cans, plastic, or aerosol products please.

Running Water

Running water is provided to the sink in the cabin, the flushing toilet in the outhouse, and the hot tub located on the deck. Occasionally the water pipe system will become dislodged and you may lose water. If you happen to lose running water, you will have to use the buckets provided to carry up water from the lake, or stream running at the side of the cabin. Water should be purified by boiling for 5 minutes prior to drinking or cooking.

Hot Tub
Please follow the hot tub directions posted in the cabin and never let the water level go below the wood fired stove. If the water level becomes too low, the wood stove will melt. When not in use, keep the insulated lid over the hot tub to keep out debris and maintain the heat of the water. DO NOT THROW ANY DEBRIS IN THE HOT TUB – IT CLOGS THE DRAINS. This includes, but is not limited to, bottle caps and fishing lures. Any damage done to the hot tub will be deducted from your damage deposit. A drain is located underneath the deck on the bottom of the tub in case you wish to empty and refill the tub. It takes approximately 3 hours to heat the hot tub up to a comfortable level.

Boating and Fishing
Once you arrive at the chalet, you will find two private boats with oars at your disposal. LIFE JACKETS MUST BE WORN IN THE BOATS AT ALL TIMES. Sportsman Paradise Tours does not provide an outboard engine. If you would like to rent an outboard motor and have it delivered to the air carrier with fuel, you can make arrangements with the following companies:

  • Alaska Wilderness Outfitting – 907.225.2343
  • Alaska Outboard – 907.225.4980

Both companies will accept credit cards to reserve your motor, deliver it to you, and pick it up after your trip. SPT assumes that if a guest rents an outboard and intends to use it on one of the provided skiffs that the guest knows how to properly operate the outboard. SPT takes no responsibility for any damage done by the guest to the rented outboards.

Anglers must adhere to all fish and game regulations for the Humpback Lake area. If you intend to fish in Humpback Lake, please review these regulations and order a hard copy. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game sport fishing regulations can be found here. Sportsman Paradise Tours requests that you include a hard copy of these regulations in your fishing gear.

Wildlife
The Misty Fjords National Monument is located on the mainland and offers a multitude of viewing opportunities. You may have the chance to see brown and black bear, eagles, mountain goats, otters, and various types of fish. NEVER ATTEMPT TO FEED ANY ANIMALS. Please maintain a safe distance between yourself and the wildlife.

Safety
You may wish to venture out in the boat around the lake or go for a hike down the trail at the end of the lake. Sightseeing should be done with caution and while carrying emergency supply equipment (first aid, emergency blanket, flares, etc.). Should you become lost or separated from others in your party, stay calm, sit down and collect your thoughts. Try to determine your whereabouts utilizing maps and a compass. If you are not sure of finding your way to safety, it is better to stay where you are. Signal with fire or flares. Shelter can become imperative as exposure to the elements can be just as if not more dangerous than hunger or thirst.

Tool Shed
The tool shed attached is for the use of the maintenance people and cabin owners ONLY. Guests are not allowed to make alterations to the cabin, dock, or surrounding facilities unless specifically authorized by the cabin management. Supplies located here are only to be used by guests in emergency situations.

Propane
The cooking stove in the cabin is propane heated. Please read the directions in the cabin to operate the stove. TURN THE PROPANE VALVE OFF OUTSIDE WHEN STOVE IS NOT IN USE. If you leave it on, it will waste the propane.

Food
When planning your trip, please make sure to have enough food to last the entire time. You should also bring extra food in the event your pickup is delayed due to weather or poor visibility. Use the dry goods located in the cabin only if you cannot be picked up on schedule. Do not leave any perishable items or open packages when you depart.

Damage Deposit
A damage deposit will be collected with the prepaid rent. After inspection of the cabin, we will return the deposit, less the cost of accrued damage, within 30 days of your departure. Utilizing Taquan Air as your air carrier will expedite the return of your deposit.

Air Carrier
Your reservations with the air carrier you fly out with are independent of Sportsman Paradise Tours, LLC (Humpback Chalet). You will pay the air carrier directly for their services. Any problems or questions in that regard should be directed to them. SPT is not responsible for any cost accrued in conjuncture with flight delays/cancellations or any other travel expense.

Cancellation Policy
Reservations are refundable up to 75% of total paid if notice is given 30 days prior to scheduled service days. A 25% refund is available for cancellations made 14 to 30 days in advance of scheduled service days. Any cancellations made within 14 days are not eligible for a refund.

General
The Humpback Chalet offers some luxuries not often found in a remote cabin. However, it is located in a wilderness setting and all campers should come prepared to “rough it”. It is our hope that you will take care of and treat this cabin as if it were your own. When each party leaves, the cabin should be clean and ready for the next users to enjoy. A checklist is included in this packet, which should be filled out at the time of departure from the cabin. Please leave it either at the air taxi service you charted with or mail it to the address located at the top of this document.

The Humpback Chalet is one of only two private cabins left in the Misty Fjords National Monument. We hope you enjoy your stay at the Humpback Chalet!


This document can be printed or saved for your records. Please familiarize yourself with the Chalet’s Rental Agreement. You will need to fill out and sign the agreement before your reservation is finalized.

Payment
Cabin rent shall be paid in full 45 days prior to your scheduled reservation. Reservations will not be confirmed on the schedule until payment is received. 75% of the rent received will be refunded if cancellation notice is given 30 days before your scheduled cabin dates. 25% of the rent received will be refunded if the cancellation is made between 14 – 30 days before your trip. You will not receive any refund if a cancellation notice is received 14 days or less before your trip.

Cleanup
You are responsible for taking everything out that you brought with you. Garbage must be brought out on the return flight. A damage deposit of $300 will be collected in advance. The cost of cleanup or repairs needed due to your party’s activities will be deducted from this deposit. After an inspection has been made, SPT will refund the damage deposit within 30 days of your departure from the cabin.

Fishing Regulations
Lessee (cabin renter) agrees to abide by the existing Fish and Game regulations governing the area including Humpback Lake currently in existence. It is your responsibility to acquaint yourself with these regulations.

Care and Operation of the Cabin Facilities
Lessee agrees to properly care for the cabin, the surrounding facilities and the equipment rented with the cabin. Lessee agrees to restrict its use to only those people included in this rental agreement. TREAT THE CABIN AS IF IT WERE YOUR OWN! Lessee agrees to abide by all Cabin Rules and USFS regulations governing this area. Keep all garbage inside the cabin, or in secured containers outside next to the cabin.

Alterations
Lessee shall not without prior written consent of Lessor make any alterations, additions or improvements to the cabin facilities and any of its rental equipment. LEAVE THE CABIN IN THE SAME CONDITION AS YOU FOUND IT. Do not hammer nails into the walls, build shelving, or move any furniture or fixtures outside of the cabin or off the attached property.

Damages
The Lessee or anyone included in the Lessee’s party shall pay for any loss or damage caused to the Humpback cabin and attached facilities, and Lessor shall be the sole judge as to the condition of said cabin and facilities after the Lessee’s party leaves. Abuse, neglect, damage of any kind, including abnormal wear is the sole responsibility of the Lessee.

Hold Harmless
No conditions expressed or implied are part of this agreement unless noted hereon and signed by both parties. The Lessee of the cabin hereby agrees to indemnify and defend Sportsman Paradise Tours, LLC and hold Sportsman Paradise Tours, LLC and all its partners harmless from all claims, demands, suits, judgments, actions, costs, and expenses, including actual attorney’s fees, arising from or in any way connected with any damage or injury resulting in death, to persons or property resulting from the use or operation of the cabin and equipment. Lessee shall promptly notify Lessor of any accidents, injuries or damages incurred by, involving or caused by the cabin facilities and its equipment.

Waiver of Defects/Disclaimer of all Warranties
The Cabin facilities and equipment are being leased “AS IS, WHERE IS”, with no representations or warranties of any kind related to the equipment including but not limited to, warranties against patent or latent defects in the material, workmanship, construction or capacity of the cabin and it’s equipment. Any warranties as to fitness for particular purpose of merchantability are expressly disclaimed. Lessee acknowledges that there have been no express warranties, guaranties, promises or representations concerning this cabin and its equipment.

Miscellaneous
All notices relative to this agreement shall be mailed to Lessor or Lessee at its respective address above shown or any later address last known to sender. The law of the State of Alaska shall apply to any action involving or related to this agreement. Venue for any action arising out of or relating or pertaining to this agreement shall be in state court in the First Judicial District, State of Alaska, at Ketchikan. In the event that a court or other tribunal is called upon to construe the provisions of this agreement the court or tribunal shall not apply the rule of construction that a contract is to be construed against the party who cause the contract to be drafted.


Listed below you will find useful tips in planning your memorable trip.

  • Weather is unpredictable in Southeast Alaska; bring rain gear and warm clothing that allow you to layer.
  • Fuel is provided for stove and wood is provided for heat.
  • Although wood is provided, it may need to be split. An axe or hatchet is handy in the event the cabin axe is not available.
  • Water is available from the lakes or streams in the event the water line does not operate effectively.
  • Surface water used for drinking should be purified by boiling for a minimum of 5 minutes.
  • Insect repellent is highly recommended during the summer months.
  • Boats are furnished at the cabin.
  • Oars are provided, but a small 2-10 hp outboard motor can add to your enjoyment. The lake is 6 miles long!
  • Extra food and clothing is helpful in the event that your stay is prolonged due to poor visibility or weather. There is no communication without a portable satellite phone.


This document contains all the forms that you need to complete your reservation. Please print, sign, and return to Humpback Chalet P.O. Box 8496 Ketchikan, Alaska 99901 Fax 907.282.4605 or complete online and email to info@humpbacklakechalet.com.