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Status: Open through Thu Dec 31 2015   Season Dates
Site, Loop:Big Indian Creek Cabin, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
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Reservation Window: Thu May 28 2015 – Sat Nov 28 2015

Check-in: 12:00 pm

Departure date:
Check-out: 12:00 pm

Site Details:

  • Site Reserve Type: Site-Specific
  • Checkin Time: 12:00 pm
  • Checkout Time: 12:00 pm
  • Type of Use: Overnight
  • Min Num of People: 1
  • Max Num of People: 2
  • Pets Allowed: Domestic,Horse
  • Shade: Full
  • Capacity/Size Rating: Single
  • Num of Rooms: 1
  • Proximity to Water: Riverfront
  • Wood Heating: Y
  • Woodstove/Fireplace: Y
  • Bed Type: Bunk
  • Num of Beds: 4
  • Deck: Y
  • Furnished: Y
  • Non Smoking: Y
  • Porch: Open
  • Campfire Allowed: Y
  • Condition Rating: Good
  • Fire Pit: Y
  • Grills/Fire Ring: Y
  • Privacy: Y
  • Quiet Area: Y
  • Toilet: Y
Photo: Big Indian Creek Cabin, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (AK) Photo: Big Indian Creek Cabin, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (AK) Photo: Big Indian Creek Cabin, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (AK) Photo: Big Indian Creek Cabin, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Know Before You Go


The Mystery Creek Road (only vehicle access to this cabin) is currently closed due to flood damage. The only access to this cabin is by aircraft.

The seclusion of this cabin necessitates being prepared to handle any emergency situation. Inclement weather may cause an unexpected extension of your trip.

The Refuge does not maintain the airstrip near this cabin during the winter.

Use caution when traveling Mystery Creek Road and the Gas Line Right-of-Way when crossing creeks because of frequent thawing and overflow. Be Prepared to get stuck! A winch is recommended.

Be familiar with ADF&G and Refuge specific hunting and fishing regulations.

Bringing a personal cooking stove is recommended.

Carry in potable water or boil surface water 5 minutes before drinking.

Pack out your trash.



The Big Indian Creek Cabin is an historic 16' x 16' cabin which was removed from its original site on Little Indian Creek to Big Indian Creek where it was reconstructed to preserve its historical features.

Located on the north bank of Big Indian Creek, this cabin offers seclusion and the opportunity to explore the remote northeast interior of the Refuge. Wildlife includes moose, black and brown bears and wolves. Hunting and trapping is allowed. In the winter there is cross-county skiing and snowshoeing.

The cabin is surrounded by mature spruce and birch trees and the elevation is approximately 100 feet.

The cabin contains one bunk bed, a table with benches, wood stove, splitting maul, crosscut saw, broom, shovel, water bucket, fire extinguisher, established campfire ring and outhouse.

Access to the cabin is by wheeled airplane, 4X4 vehicle (no ATV's), or snowmachine (contact Refuge Headquarters for snowmachine regulations). The operation of wheeled airplanes is at the pilot's own risk and authorized on the unmaintained Big Indian Creek airstrip. Mystery Creek Road is seasonally open for licensed wheeled vehicles from August through September. During the rest of the year, Mystery Creek Road is gated and closed to all wheeled vehicles.

The cabin is located on the north bank of Big Indian Creek. Refer to USGS map Seward D-8. GPS coordinates: Latitude 60°52.790', Longitude 149°57.034' (Degrees Decimal Minutes).

** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the facility.
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