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Shelter Island

Quick Facts

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58 ° 25' 0.001" N,
134 ° 51' 15.001" W



Nearest City



9 mi (14.48 km)


1170 ft (356.62 m)

Shelter Island in Detail.

Getting There

Get to Juneau first. Once in Juneau, you can launch a boat at Auke Bay, or boat or kayak from Amalga Harbor. Shelter Island is up along the west side of Favorite Channel.


trends NW between Favorite and Saginaw Channels, 0.6 mi. SE of Lincoln I. and 15 mi. NW of Juneau; Alex. Arch.

Shelter Island is bordered by Favorite Channel to the east and Saginaw Channel on it's west coast. It's mostly comprised of spruce and hemlock forest with some Alaska yellow cedar, has one lake (Shelter Lake), several ponds, and a distinct point on its northern end topping out at 1,170 feet. Sitka black-tail deer can be found in the forest on the island.

Camping and hunting are permitted on the island. It host three Alaska State Parks Public Use Cabins. Salamander PUC, a 12X16 ft cabin, just off Halibut Cove on the northeastern corner of the island. You're suppose to be able to reserve the cabin through the state parks website, but it's not straight forward. The cabin is new and offers good views.

The island also has a few lodges for more catered stays.


named in 1869 by Commander R. W. Meade, U.S. Navy (USN), and published in the 1883 Coast Pilot (p. 173).

Naming: Shelter Island was named in 1869 by Commander R. W. Meade, USN, and published in the 1883 Coat Pilot (pg 173).

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Places Near Shelter Island



Barlow Islands,


Battleship Reef, Cohen Reef, Dornin Rock, Eagle Reef, Faust Rock, Favorite Reef, George Rock, Gibby Rock, Hanus Reef, Horse Shoal, North Ledge, Poundstone Rock, Vanderbilt Reef,


Cottrell Basin, Yankee Basin,


Adams Anchorage, Amalga Harbor, Auke Bay, Auke Nu Cove, Barlow Cove, Bridget Cove, Coot Cove, Crab Cove, Curlew Ledge, Eagle Harbor, Fritz Cove, Funter Bay, Halibut Cove, Hand Trollers Cove, Huffman Harbor, Indian Cove, Lena Cove, Lincoln Anchorage, Pearl Harbor, Shelter Cove, Smugglers Cove, Tee Harbor, Yankee Cove,


The Sand Beach, Eagle Beach,


Auke Cape, Barlow Point, Clear Point, False Point Retreat, Point Howard, Indian Point, Inspiration Point, Point Lena, Point Louisa, Mansfield Peninsula, Outer Point, Piling Point, Point Retreat, Spaulding Point, Spuhn Point, Point Stephens, Symonds Point,


Favorite Channel, North Pass, Saginaw Channel,


The Breadline,


Aaron Island, Bare Island, Barlow Island, Battleship Island, Benjamin Island, Bird Island, Coghlan Island, Cohen Island, Colt Island, Couverden Rock, Gauge Island, Gull Island, Horse Island, Hump Island, Indian Island, Kishbrock Island, The Kittens, Ledge Island, Lincoln Island, Little Island, Naked Island, North Island, Portland Island, Ralston Island, Rat Island, Scull Island, Sentinel Island, Shaman Island, Shelter Island, Spuhn Island, Star Rock, Station Island, Strauss Rock, Suedla Island,


Peterson Lake, Salt Lake, Shelter Lake, Windfall Lake,


Auke Mountain, Mount Ernest Gruening, Green Mountain, Lone Mountain, Mount Robert Barron, Thane Mountain, Treasury Hill,


Auke Recreation Area, Funter Bay State Marine Park, Shelter Island State Marine Park,


Eagle River, Herbert River,


Auke Creek, Auke Nu Creek, Bay Creek, Bear Creek, Bessie Creek, Boulder Creek, Canyon Creek, Cordwood Creek, Elevenmile Creek, Goose Creek, Lena Creek, McGinnis Creek, Peterson Creek, Peterson Creek, Shrine Creek, Slate Creek, South Fork Cowee Creek, Tee Creek, Tenk Creek, Tusta Creek, Waydelich Creek, Windfall Creek,


Amalga Trail, Bear Creek Trail, Bessie Creek Trail, Herbert Glacier Trail, Montana Creek Trail, Peterson Creek Trail, Rainforest Trail, Spaulding Trail, Windfall Lake Trail, Yankee Basin Trail,


Prairie Basin,


Auke Bay, Dobson Landing, Fairhaven, Funter, Lena Beach, Saint Terese, Tee Harbor,