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part ofChugach National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


Crescent Lake Cabin is an extremely remote and secluded place to stay in the Kenai Mountains of south-central Alaska. While it is recommended for more hardy travelers, it provides access to great fishing, hunting, trail and wildlife viewing opportunities.

The cabin can be accessed by floatplane, or by hiking, biking, horseback riding, skiing or snowmobiling on a trail that requires up to 7 miles of trekking. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin is located south of Sterling Highway on the Crescent Lake Trail. It sits at the northwest end of Crescent Lake, at an elevation of about 1,450 feet. The surrounding area is close to the tree line, affording scenic views of nearby mountains.

In addition to avalanche danger, high winds may sweep across the lake, causing danger for small boats and planes. For information on access and regulations pertaining to this cabin, trail conditions, safety precautions and outdoor safety and ethics, please contact the Seward District office.


Fishing in Crescent Lake is very popular for trophy-size grayling. A rowboat with oars is available at the cabin, however, life jackets and fishing equipment are not provided. High winds could present a danger to anyone on the lake.

In season, visitors hunt for moose, black and brown bears and Dall sheep.

Hiking, horseback riding, cross country skiing and snowshoeing are also popular activities. There is extreme avalanche danger on the Crescent Creek Trail in winter and early spring. The primitive trail around Crescent Lake crosses several avalanche chutes and should not be used in the winter.


The 12x14-ft rustic cabin can sleep four people comfortably, but can accommodate up to eight. It is equipped with wooden bunks, a table, benches and a wood stove for heat. A splitting maul and crosscut saw are available. An outhouse is provided outside the cabin.

There is no electricity, potable water, mattresses, bedding, cooking utensils or cut firewood at the cabin. Visitors should bring sleeping bags and pads, a cook stove, cooking gear, water, food and firewood. Water taken from the lake should be treated or boiled before consumption.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Lake Access
  • Mountain Biking
  • Non-Motorized Boating
  • Snowmobiling
  • Table & Benches
  • Trailheads
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Know Before You Go
  • This facility is located in an extremely remote and wild area; before making a reservation, become aware of bear, water, and weather safety (including cold)
  • Recreating in Alaska can present both obvious and hidden dangers; please be aware of your surroundings and be prepared for extended stays due to occasionally poor weather
  • This is the Crescent Lake Cabin located on the west side of Crescent Lake, not the Crescent Saddle Cabin located on the south central shore of Crescent Lake
  • The Crescent Lake Trail is closed to horse/pack stock from April 1 to June 30, and it is closed to motorized vehicles from May 1 to Nov. 30; the entire primitive trail is not recommended for small children
  • There is no source of fresh water near the cabin; guests must bring their own
  • Use of this cabin by a commercial operator, such as an outfitter or guide, is not allowed
  • All garbage and food must be packed out
  • Learn more about Chugach National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by purchasing firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
60.47722, -149.57194
60°28'38"N, 149°34'19"W

From milepost 45 on Sterling Highway, access the Crescent Creek Trail and trek about 6.5 miles to the cabin. It is also accessible by floatplane (15-minute flight from Moose Pass or 20 minute flight from Cooper Landing).

Winter travelers need to be able to evaluate avalanche and over-ice travel conditions. The trail is closed to horse/pack stock from April 1 to June 30, and is closed to motor vehicles between May 1 and Nov. 30.

Refer to USGS maps Seward B7, C7 and C8. Maps are available online or by calling the Seward Ranger District at (907) 224-3374.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

SEWARD  AK  99664

Phone Number:

Project Office: (907)224-3374
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