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Status: Open through Thu Dec 31 2015   Season Dates
Site, Loop:McLain Lake Cabin, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
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Reservation Window: Sun May 24 2015 – Tue Nov 24 2015

Check-in: 12:00 pm

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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: 4
  • Pets Allowed: Domestic,Horse
  • Shade: Full
  • Capacity/Size Rating: Single
  • Num of Rooms: 1
  • Proximity to Water: Lakefront
  • 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
  • Picnic Table: Y
  • Privacy: Y
  • Quiet Area: Y
  • Toilet: Y
Photo: McLain Lake Cabin, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (AK) Photo: McLain Lake Cabin, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (AK) Photo: McLain Lake Cabin, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (AK) Photo: McLain Lake Cabin, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (AK) Photo: McLain Lake Cabin, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Know Before You Go


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

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.



McLain Lake Cabin is a 16' x 18' rustic log cabin built in the summer of 2004. This cabin offers seclusion and good fishing for Rainbow Trout in McLain Lake. Fishing in season is also possible in the Swanson River. The Swanson River National Recreational Canoe Trail passes east of the cabin and McLain Lake is accessible by a short hike from the River to the cabin. The cabin contains two bunk beds, a table with benches, wood stove, splitting maul, crosscut saw, broom, shovel, water bucket, fire extinguisher, boat with oars, established campfire ring and outhouse.

Wildlife includes moose, black and brown bears, wolves, small game, and waterfowl. Hunting is allowed for these species in designated seasons. In the winter there is cross-county skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Contact the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge for snowmobiling regulations in this area

Access to the cabin is by float plane, ski plane and snowmachine (contact the Refuge Headquarters for snowmachine regulations).

The cabin is located at the southeast end of McLain Lake. Refer to USGS map Kenai D-2. GPS coordinates: Latitude 60 degrees 51.532, Longitude 150 degrees 34.072 (Degrees Decimal Minutes).

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