Spotlight: Kenai National Wildlife Refuge’s Historic Cabins
Overnight in a historic cabin built by early residents of the Kenai Peninsula
What You’ll Find
Breathtaking scenery and an authentic Alaskan experience while bunking in one of the 14 historic cabins within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Miners, trappers, hunters and even nurses used these cabins. Cozy Big Indian Creek Cabin is in the middle of Tustumena Lake, the largest lake on the Kenai Peninsula, and the 1940s-era Nurses Cabin at the mouth of Kasilof River, once housed two young cannery nurses. All of the cabins offer the opportunity to view wildlife, but at Vogel Lake Cabin, sit by the large picture window and look for Alaska-Yukon moose, brown and black bears, caribou, Dall sheep, mountain goats, wolves, lynx, wolverines, eagles or thousands of shorebirds and waterfowl.
Plan on an adventure as these cabins are typically accessed by boat, float plane, hiking, snow machine or skiing! Check each cabin location for detailed directions.
Make Sure You
Take a short side trip to Portage Glacier in the Chugach National Forest if you are en route to Anchorage. If southern Alaska tickles your fancy, be sure to check out the more than 180 public-use recreation cabins scattered throughout the Chugach and Tongass National Forests.
Fishing at the confluence of the Kenai and Russian Rivers during salmon runs in June, July and August. This very social experience is often referred to as “combat fishing.” When salmon runs peak, people fish shoulder-to-shoulder to land 5 to 12-pound salmon.
Cabins have no running water or electricity but plenty of history and rustic charm. If it’s salmon season, pick up your Alaska fishing license and a copy of the Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations at most tackle shops, grocery or convenience stores.
Cabins are available year-round and are remote; their seclusion requires planning and preparation. Visit the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge website to find trip planning information, maps, cabin descriptions, history and more!