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UPPER RUSSIAN LAKE CABIN, AK
part ofChugach National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round. Season Dates
OverviewUpper Russian Lake Cabin is a rustic, remote facility that was recently refurbished to provide added safety to campers, however it kept the old-fashioned charm of the 1950s, when it was originally built. Its location provides ample fishing and boating opportunities. Visitors enjoy exploring surrounding trails and viewing wildlife.
The cabin can be accessed via a trek up to 12 miles or by floatplane. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.
The cabin is located south of Sterling Highway, set back from the north shore of Upper Russian Lake. It is surrounded by an open grove of giant cottonwood trees with views of the lake and mountains beyond. A mountain stream runs alongside the cabin, down to the lake.
Visitors enjoy boating and fishing for Dolly Varden, rainbow trout and red salmon during mid-June and mid-July runs in Upper Russian 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 to learn more about Alaska Department of Fish & Game regulations.
The 12x14-ft log cabin has wooden bunks to sleep up to eight people, but four will fit comfortably. It is equipped with a table, benches and a wood stove for heat. An outdoor toilet is provided. Firewood can also be cut in the area, using the splitting maul and crosscut saw supplied at the cabin.
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Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
Access to the cabin is via the Russian Lakes Trail, 10 miles from the East Trailhead. The East Trailhead is located on the Snug Harbor Road, 12 miles from the Sterling Highway out of Cooper Landing. Or access the cabin via trail 12 miles from the North Trailhead located within the Russian River Campground, milepost 52.6 of the Sterling Highway.
Winter parking for Upper Russian Trailhead is located at mile 9 of Snug Harbor Road. The last 3 miles of Snug Harbor Road are not plowed in the winter. Winter parking for Lower Russian Lakes Trailhead is 1 mile back on the campground road and the last mile of the campground road is not plowed. Access the cabin via Russian Lakes Trail (12 miles from Russian River Campground parking area and 9 miles from the Cooper Lake Trailhead). 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 Seward Ranger District at (907)224-3374. Motorized access is prohibited in the winter and summer. The trail is closed to horse/pack stock from April 1 to June 30.
Mailing Address:UPPER RUSSIAN LAKE CABIN
334 FOURTH AVE
SEWARD AK 99664
Phone Number:Project Office: (907)224-3374