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. Tustumeana Lake is a large, glacial lake with recurring high wave situations.
The shore is exposed to southwesterly winds; large waves could swamp boats not pulled out on the beach. There is little beach area available during high water. Large, submerged rocks along the shore present a hazard to approaching boats and float planes. Ice conditions depend on prevailing temperatures and are subject to change. Thick ice forms late in the winter season and may reopen during warmer winter temperatures.
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.
Nurses Cabin is an historic 12 x 14 log cabin built around the turn of the century for use as a hunting and trapping cabin.
The cabin contains one bunk bed, a table with benches, wood stove, splitting maul, crosscut saw, broom, shovel, fire extinguisher, an established campfire ring and an outhouse.
This cabin is overlooks Tustumena Lake in a fairly flat area surrounded by scattered trees, shrubs, grasses and wildflowers.
Cabin elevation is approximately 120 feet.
This cabin offers seclusion, hunting, sightseeing, wildlife viewing and fishing.
In the winter there is cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmachining. Contact the Refuge Headquarters for snowmachine regulations.
Primary access to this cabin is by boat from the Kasilof River Landing, float plane, ski plane, skiing and snowmachine. (Contact the Refuge for snowmachine regulations). This cabin can also be accessed by the 7.2 mile Pollard Horse Trail.
The cabin is located on the north shore of Tustumena Lake. Refer to USGS map Kenai A-3. GPS coordinates: Latitude 60 degrees 18.031, Longitude 151 degrees 01.771 (Degrees Decimal Minutes).