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Status: Open through Thu Dec 31 2015   Season Dates
Site, Loop:Nurses Cabin, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
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Reservation Window: Fri May 22 2015 – Sun Nov 22 2015

Check-in: 12:00 pm

Departure date:
Check-out: 12:00 pm

Site Details:

  • Site Reserve Type: Site-Specific
  • Site Access: Boat-In
  • 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: Lakefront
  • Wood Heating: Y
  • Woodstove/Fireplace: Y
  • Bed Type: Bunk
  • Num of Beds: 4
  • Furnished: Y
  • Non Smoking: Y
  • Campfire Allowed: Y
  • Condition Rating: Good
  • Fire Pit: Y
  • Grills/Fire Ring: Y
  • Privacy: Y
  • Quiet Area: Y
  • Toilet: Y
Photo: Nurses Cabin, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (AK) Photo: Nurses Cabin, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (AK) Photo: Nurses Cabin, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (AK) Photo: Nurses 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. 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).

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