Activities and Amenities
MCKINLEY LAKE CABIN, AK
part ofChugach National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round. Season Dates
OverviewMcKinley Lake Cabin offers guests recreation, relaxation and a remote lodging experience in southeastern Alaska. Located on the northwest end of McKinley Lake in the Chugach National Forest, guests will find fishing, hiking, hunting and wildlife viewing all within the vicinity.
Access to the cabin is by hiking, float plane or canoe. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.
The cabin is situated on McKinley Lake and is surrounded by a dense spruce and hemlock forest. Steep mountainous terrain encircles the area.
McKinley Trail provides access to both the McKinley Trail Cabin, located just 100 yards from the trailhead, and this cabin, which is about 2.25 miles from the trailhead. The trail meets the shoreline of the lake at its southern lobe and at the cove at its upper end. Hiking approximately a quarter-mile beyond the cabin, visitors will find remnants of the Lucky Strike Mine. Rusting machinery, pipes and a collapsed tunnel are the most obvious evidence of the mine site.
The 16-by-20 cabin is equipped with wooden bunks that sleep up to six guests. The cabin is equipped with a table, benches, wood stove for heat, saw, axe, splitting maul, a rainwater catchment barrel and an outdoor pit toilet.
Activities and Amenities
Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
Access to the cabin is by float plane, canoe or a 2.25-mile hike through dense forest.
Hiking access begins at McKinley Lake Trail, a signed trailhead located at Mile 21 of the Copper River Highway.
Access by boat or canoe is up Alaganik Slough to McKinley Lake, approximately 2 miles. If paddling a canoe, check with the Forest Service office on the stream conditions. When the glaciers melt and there has been rain, the stream can get a little rowdy. Hazards include trees that have fallen across the creek. Boat access is best at high water in mid-June to September.
Access by float plane is typically 10 minutes from Cordova. Float planes land on the lake next to the cabin. In fall, winter, and early spring, the cabin may be inaccessible to float planes due to the frozen lake surface. Please contact the local Forest Service Ranger District office at (907) 424-7661 for information prior to making reservations for these periods.
Mailing Address:MCKINLEY LAKE CABIN
PO BOX 280
CORDOVA AK 99574
Phone Number:Project Office: (907)424-7661