• Chatham, Sitkoh Bay
  • Chichagof Island, 40 miles northeast of Sitka
  • Developed
  • Freehold
  • Island Parcel
  • $ 2,200,000
  • 30.22 Acres

Chatham, Sitkoh Bay

Oceanfront – Historic Salmon Cannery Now Recreational Residential Property in Sitkoh Bay, Alaska


Chatham is located in Sitkoh Bay at the southern end of Chichagof Island, approximately 40 miles Northeast of Sitka, Alaska by air and about 55 miles Southwest of Juneau, Alaska. Accessible by boat or float plane.

Legal Address

Lots 4, 5, 6 & 7, Chatham Subdivision II, a Subdiv ...

Oceanfront – Historic Salmon Cannery Now Recreational Residential Property in Sitkoh Bay, Alaska


Chatham is located in Sitkoh Bay at the southern end of Chichagof Island, approximately 40 miles Northeast of Sitka, Alaska by air and about 55 miles Southwest of Juneau, Alaska. Accessible by boat or float plane.

Legal Address

Lots 4, 5, 6 & 7, Chatham Subdivision II, a Subdivision of Chatham Subdivision according to Plat No. 2005-6

Sale will include Seller’s half ownership in the Chatham Cannery Ltd.  Sub Chapter S corporation which owns Lot 3.

Parcel Size

30.22 acres subdivided into 4 lots with 24.3 acres of uplands and 5.9 acres of tidelands.


$1,281 per year


No zoning but there are Covenants and Restrictions that restrict commercial use of this property. Ask broker for a copy.


Main House

The main house located on lot 6 is a single story, 22′ x 48′ wood frame building 1,056 sq.ft. with an open living-dining-kitchen area, two bedrooms, full bath, a large deck area plus porches along two sides. Its gorgeous views extend from the mouth of Sitkoh Bay to the head of the bay with its stunning sunsets. The house was built in 2012 with a design based on the original cannery Mess Hall from which nearly all of the new home’s woodwork, shelving, stoves and furnishings were salvaged, including the 8 foot brass-hinged iron stove which became the kitchen island. An inverter system with six deep cycle batteries and four solar roof panels provides plenty of electrical power. It is well insulated and has thermopane windows, making it easy to heat in the summer with the cannery heat/cooking/hot water stove in the kitchen area. A cast iron woodstove and small Toyo oil heat stove in the living area are used mostly in the shoulder seasons. The huge cannery Carpenter’s Shop on this lot is ideal for multiple simultaneous projects because it has two 12′ built-in workbenches and two large tables, cannery vises, full electrical power and a utility sink. It is plumbed for a washing machine and has an upright freezer (included in the sale) to supplement the full-size kitchen refrigerator in the house. Although the present owners preferred not to have cell or internet service in the house, the cell phone and satellite internet which is already available at the dock on Lot 3 could be extended to this and/or the guest house. The water system comes from a spring and 1040 gallon wood cistern on the hill above the house that also supplies the Bunk House and Carpenter Shop. The water is potable with treatment and has never run dry. Electric power from the main house’s inverter system goes to the shops on Lots 6 & 7. The Carpenter’s Shop also has an outlet for generator only power which is used for the washing machine and power tools.

The original Superintendent’s House on the hill above the Carpenter’s Shop has a broken chimney and leaking roof but could be restored if extensive work is done before the roof collapses. There is a lot of beautiful fir wainscoting and woodwork throughout the first floor which has a living room, dining room, kitchen, two bedrooms, full bath and large covered porch overlooking the bay. The attic was converted, most likely in the 60’s, into a large bedroom with full bath.

Cannery Bunk House

The original two-story 3,060 sq. ft. cannery Bunk House located on lot 4, has been converted into a fully furnished guest house that can sleep up to 14 people. A favorite gathering place for family and friends, it has 8 rooms with queen or twin beds, its own kitchen, multiple living areas, two full bathrooms and a large tackle room. An inverter/battery system provides round-the-clock electric power. It is heated with an original cannery oil-fired stove for cooking/heating/hot water and a Toyo oil stove.

Boat Dock

The boat dock located on lot 5 can accommodate several boats at a time, including large yachts, as well as floatplanes. It was built around some of the old cannery pilings and is connected to the beach by floats that are removed in the winter using a small Bobcat included in the sale. All of the lots are connected by a treated wood boardwalk that was built in 2005 well above the high tide line.


There is a workshop and a storage building located on lot 7. Gets power from the main house inverter. Has washing machine, utility sink and freezer.


The gravity fed water system comes from a spring on the hill to a 1040 gallon wooden cistern; generator and Solar panels for electricity; outfall in the tide for septic system.


Chatham was one of the earliest canneries in Southeast Alaska; it was built in 1900 and operated almost continuously until 1974. A number of New England-style wood buildings survived a fire that destroyed the large processing plant and warehouses after the cannery closed. While this property has houses and several shops, there is ample space to build additional family cabins and a boathouse. A non-commercial use agreement that runs with the land provides assurance that the privately-owned property at the other end of the cannery will not be developed as a lodge or other business that would interfere with your enjoyment of Chatham by family and friends.

Fishing and hunting in the bay are outstanding. The bay is rich with salmon, halibut, crab and prawns. There are two salmon-spawning streams with excellent fly fishing for trout and dolly varden. Wildlife sightings right from the houses feature humpback whales, orcas, deer, eagles, and bears. The ATVs stored across the bay provide access for excellent deer hunting, berry picking and exploration of the surrounding mountains and a nearby lake.

The property will be ready for immediate use because in addition to the home and guest house, the sale includes:

- furnishings in both houses;
- a deep water dock that accommodates float planes and large yachts;
- two workshops;
- Bobcat with fork and bucket; and
- 50% ownership of the Subchapter S corporation that provides generator power, bulk fuel storage and caretaker services for the entire cannery site.

The following equipment is potentially available for sale but are not included in the sale price.

- 21’ Bayliner Trophy with 115 hp Mercury outboard;
- 14’ Lund aluminum skiff with 25 hp Yamaha outboard;
- two ATV’s for use on Forest Service roads across the bay;

The historic Chatham Cannery site, located in the heart of Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, has been a wilderness vacation home for two Alaska families for more than twenty years. One of the families is now selling its property because they are no longer able to spend significant time there.

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