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WEST SWAN LAKE CABIN, AK

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

Overview

West Swan Lake Cabin is in a very remote area on the Kenai Peninsula of south-central Alaska. Swan Lake is just steps away from the cabin, with great fishing and non-motorized boating opportunities.

There is no trail access to this cabin. Cross country travel in this area is very difficult. This cabin is reachable only by float plane during the ice free seasons. 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 on the northwest corner of Swan Lake. It is set in an open grove of cottonwood trees, with views of nearby mountains. A variety of wildlife makes its home in the area.

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 non-motorized 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-ft 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 water, food, sleeping bags and pads, a cook stove and cooking gear. 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
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Hunting
  • Lake Access
  • Mountain Biking
  • Non-Motorized Boating
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Benches
  • Trailheads
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Know Before You Go
  • This is WEST Swan Lake Cabin located in the Kenai Mountains, not Swan Lake Cabin on the Resurrection Pass Trail or Swan Lake Cabin near Petersburg.
  • 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
  • In fall, winter and early spring, the cabin may be inaccessible due to frozen lake surface (floatplanes cannot land); contact the Seward Ranger District office for information prior to making reservations during these periods
  • There is no source of fresh water near the cabin; visitors 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):
60.63306, -149.88222
60°37'59"N, 149°52'56"W

Access is via floatplane (30 minutes from Moose Pass, 15 minutes from Cooper Landing). For winter travel, the cabin is 2 miles northwest of the Resurrection Pass Trail alongside Swan Lake. In fall, winter and early spring, the cabin may be inaccessible due to frozen lake surface (floatplanes cannot land). Please contact the Seward Ranger District office for information prior to making reservations during these periods.

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:

WEST SWAN LAKE CABIN
334 FOURTH AVE
SEWARD AK 99664

Phone Number:

Project Office:(907)224-3374
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