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SWAN LAKE CABIN SEWARD, AK

part ofChugach National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: SWAN LAKE CABIN SEWARD
Status: Open through Wed Dec 31 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Swan Lake Cabin Seward is a remote, rustic cabin on the Kenai Peninsula of south-central Alaska. It provides access to a scenic mountain lake and great opportunities for fishing and hunting.

Visitors can trek or fly to the cabin, via a nearly 13-mile hike or up to a 30-minute flight by floatplane. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin is located north of Sterling Highway, set back from the eastern tip of Swan Lake. It is surrounded by a spruce and birch forest with views of the lake and nearby mountains. A variety of wildlife makes its home in the area. Berries ripen mid-July through mid-September.

For more information on access and regulations pertaining to this cabin, trail conditions, safety precautions and outdoor safety and ethics, please contact the Seward District office.

Recreation:

Visitors enjoy boating and fishing for rainbow trout, lake trout, Dolly Varden and sockeye salmon in Swan Lake. A rowboat with oars is provided at the cabin. Fishing equipment is not provided and permits are required to fish or hunt in the state (click here for Alaska Department of Fish & Game regulations).

In season, visitors hunt for moose, black and brown bears, Dall sheep, mountain goats, caribou and wolves in the surrounding forest.

Facilities:

The 12x14' cabin can accommodate up to eight people, but sleeps four more comfortably. 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 and food. Water taken from the lake should be treated or boiled before consumption.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Berry Picking
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Hunting
  • Lake Access
  • Mountain Biking
  • Non-Motorized Boating
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Benches
  • Trailheads
  • Vault Toilets
  • 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 Swan Lake Cabin on the Resurrection Pass Trail, not the West Swan Lake Cabin near the Resurrection Pass Trail, nor the Swan Lake Cabin near Petersburg
  • There is no source of fresh water near the cabin; guests must bring their own, or boil and treat water taken from the lake
  • 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

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
60.61556, -149.83889
60°36'56"N, 149°50'20"W

Follow Hope Highway from Seward Highway after arriving on the Kenai Peninsula. From Resurrection Pass Trail South Trailhead, hike 12.8 miles to the cabin or take a floatplane (30 minutes from Moose Pass, 15 minutes from Cooper Landing). Refer to USGS map, Seward C8. Maps are available online or by calling the Seward Ranger District at (907) 224-3374.

Winter travelers need to be able to evaluate avalanche and over-ice travel conditions. For more current travel conditions call the district office. The trail is closed to horse/pack stock from April 1 to June 30, and is open to over-snow motorized vehicles from Dec. 1 to April 30 every other winter season, beginning with the winter of 2007-2008. It is closed to motorized vehicles every other winter season beginning with the 2008-2009 winter season.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

SWAN LAKE CABIN SEWARD
334 FOURTH AVE
SEWARD AK 99664

Phone Number:

Project Office:(907)224-3374
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