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    Wilderness Riverfront Cabin (Crown “Lease”) - Taku River, BC

    North Coast & Northwestern BC Listing No. 22082

    The Call of the Wild! This float plane accessible property is located on a remote island in the Taku River near the Alaskan Panhandle. On the property is a 14x16 ft log cabin, washhouse, storage shed & cook house. This is a License of Occupation (Crown Lease).

    Reduced $59,000

    1 acres

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    Rare wilderness cabin on the Taku River in Northwestern BC, near the Alaskan Panhandle, approx. 10.5 km from the US border as you travel along the river.

    The cabin is a License of Occupation (more commonly referred to as a Crown lease). The “Licensed” land is approximately 1 acre surrounding the cabin. There are approximately 4 years left on the current licence and it has the potential to be renewed. The License originally had a 15-year term and was renewed once before.

    The cabin is a basic 14 x 16 ft log structure with a tin roof. Inside you will find a wood stove, propane cook stove, 2 cots and cold running water (not winterized) to a sink. It is essentially a nice little bunk house and safe shelter for a good night sleep after your day’s adventure/wilderness enjoyment. Also on the property is a storage shed, washhouse with shower, and older cookhouse. More details on the structures is listed below in the Improvements section.

    The current cost of holding the licence is approx. $530 a year.

    Access is only by float plane, helicopter or perhaps by boat from Juneau, Alaska. The town of Atlin, BC would serve as the access point for flights to and from the cabin.

    This is certainly pristine wilderness with an estimated 2 million salmon returning each year, grizzlies, black bears, moose, and so much more frequenting the river. If you are not familiar with the Taku River, or area, do a few google searches—there are some incredible videos on the area and a wealth of information. One video I really enjoyed TRTFN The Weir on YouTube.

    *** Please Note ***

    Owner has not visited the property in 5 years so it can be expected there will be some TLC required.

    All offers will be subject to the Province approving the transfer which can take a few months. A copy of the Licence is available upon request.

    Licence has approximately 4 years left and was a 15-year term. Generally speaking, licences like this are renewable, it was renewed in the past. The buyer can discuss this option with the Province.

    Financing is not available for a Licence - it must be a cash purchase.

    Viewings if desired are to be done on your own, we can provide GPS coordinates and assistance in making the arrangements. Easiest way is getting to Whitehorse and then driving 2 hours south to Atlin where you can link up with a float plane operator (pre-booked) who can bring you in and wait while you explore the structures and location, or perhaps you just want a fly over? The journey in and out will surely not disappoint.


    The cabin is located on an island in the Taku River, near the Alaskan panhandle in the far Northwest region of BC.


    Access is either fly-in (float plane) from Atlin, Watson Lake, Dease Lake or Juneau, Alaska. It is also possible to boat in from Juneau.

    Some of the remote lodges/tour operators in this broad vicinity bring guests in from Whitehorse to Atlin by Road (just under 2 hours) and then a flight from there.

    Area Data

    The Alaska–British Columbia transboundary region ranks among North America's top ecological hotspots. The Taku watershed spanning over 27,000 sq. km. is one of North America's largest, unroaded, unprotected watersheds and probably the continent's richest wildlife habitat. Many species of migratory birds, hawks, eagles and other birds of prey share the watershed with black and grizzly bears, moose, caribou, mountain goats, fox, lynx and cougars. The Taku River supports abundant runs of all five species of wild Pacific salmon with an estimated 2 million salmon returning annually.

    Atlin (approx. 2 hours from Whitehorse)

    Atlin is a remote community in the far northwestern part of British Columbia on the shores of Atlin Lake (the province's largest natural lake). The town has four to five hundred residents who call Atlin home year-round. In the summer, Atlin's population increases as miners return to the creeks, and summer houses and cabins are visited. Atlin is home to robust artist community including, musicians, painters, photographers.


    It is all about wilderness exploration and appreciation. Right from the cabin you have access to some the most ecologically rich natural environments in North America. Hunting, fishing and/or wildlife photography are the big appeals. Many hours can be spent on a river boat and or a canoe/kayak exploring the Taku River and its tributaries. The owner’s boat, which is on site, is likely now reduced to a hull/project.


    The Property

    The property started out as a commercial fishing/eco-tour operation approximately 30 years ago offering rustic accommodations—a few platform tents (now removed) were used for guests. The Licence was later changed to personal recreation which is the current use and only allowable use at the present time.


    The Taku lies within the traditional territory of the Taku River Tlingit First Nation. For thousands of years and uncounted generations, the Taku River Tlingit experienced an intimacy with their territory, the protection of its isolation, its bounty and its hardships. Abundant wildlife provided food and clothing and forests provide firewood to warm their dwellings through the long, cold northern nights. The river provides access to the Pacific Ocean, and the natural wealth offered by the marine environment.


    Please see mapping section (all boundaries are approximate).

    Map Reference

    58°38'44.91"N and 133°31'3.98"W


    • Sandpoint well (8 ft deep)
    • Needs new generator
    • Outhouse


    Log Cabin
    • 14x16 ft log structure with wood plank floor
    • Tin roof
    • Wood stove
    • Propane cook stove
    • Table and chairs
    • Pots, pans, dishes, cutlery
    • 2 cots with mattresses
    • Shower stall
    • Sink
    • Spin dry washing machine
    • Deep freeze

    Empty . . . it was a 16 x 36 ft fabric weather haven structure until the snow collapsed the structure and about half of it was reskinned with corrugated metal.

    Storage shed

    Includes miscellaneous hand tools.

    Tax Details

    $28.36 (2021) + an annual fee paid to Province of $500


    License of Occupation No. 636487/File No. 6404889

    Lease Expires Oct 26th, 2026. Potential to renew for new term. The current owner has had the cabin for 30 years and has renewed in the past.

    Maps & Plans


    Maps & Plans

    Our property descriptions and geographical information are taken from the BC Assessment Authority, Land Titles Office, government maps and other sources. While LandQuest® does not guarantee the information, we believe it to be accurate, but should not be relied upon without verification. This communication is not intended to cause or induce breach of an existing agency agreement.