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Photo: Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (AK)
Status: Open through Thu Dec 31 2015   Season Dates
Site, Loop:Big Bay 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
  • 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
  • Cable TV Access: Y
  • 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: Big Bay Cabin, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (AK) Photo: Big Bay Cabin, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (AK) Photo: Big Bay Cabin, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (AK) Photo: Big Bay Cabin, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (AK) Photo: Big Bay 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.Tustumena 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. Ice conditions depend on prevailing temperatures and are subject to change.

Due to the size of Tustumena Lake, thick ice does not form until late in the winter season and the lake 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.



Big Bay Cabin is an historic 14' x 17' log cabin built in the 1890's and restored in the summer of 2011.

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

Located on the south shore of Tustumena Lake, this cabin is in a fairly flat area surrounded by scattered trees, shrubs, grasses and wildflowers. Cabin elevation is approximately 155 feet.

This cabin offers seclusion, hunting, sightseeing, wildlife viewing and fishing. In the winter there is cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snow machining. Contact the Refuge Headquarters for snow/machine 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).

The cabin is located on the south shore of Tustumena Lake.Refer to USGS map Kenai A-3. GPS coordinates: Latitude 60 degrees 09.120, Longitude 150 degrees 51.061 (Degrees Decimal Minutes).

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