Crescent Lake Cabin
Chugach National Forest
Crescent Lake Cabin is a rustic cabin on beautiful Crescent Lake, providing access to great fishing, hunting, hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities.
This site can be accessed by hiking, biking, skiing, horseback, snowmobile and floatplane. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.
The log cabin has bunk space for six and a maximum occupancy of eight people. It is equipped with counter space, table, benches and a wood stove for heat. A splitting maul and hand saw are available. An outhouse is also provided.
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 gearandfood. Water taken from the lakes or streams should be treated or boiled before consumption. All garbage and food must be packed out.
Need to Know
- 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 Crescent Lake Cabin located on the west side of Crescent Lake, not the Crescent Saddle Cabin located on the south central shore of Crescent Lake.
- The Crescent Lake Trail is closed to horse/pack stock from April 1 to June 30, and it is closed to motorized vehicles from May 1 to Nov. 30; the entire primitive trail is not recommended for small children.
- There is no source of fresh water near the cabin; guests must bring their own, or boil or treat water taken from lakes or streams.
- 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.
- It is unlawful to use a public recreation cabin without a valid cabin reservation.
- Occupying a Public Recreation cabin with more than eight individuals per cabin for each permitted day is prohibited.
- Camping, pitching tents, or staying overnight within 300 feet of any public recreation use cabin is prohibited unless you have a valid cabin reservation.
- It is prohibited to hitch, tether, or hobble any saddle or pack animal including dog teams, within 200 feet of an established trail, water source, or developed recreation site, including Forest Service recreation cabins.
- Camping and/ or occupying any one Public Recreation Use Cabin for a period longer than seven consecutive days by any person or group including but not limited to family members, members of the same household, and members of the same camping party within a 30 day period, and three consecutive days May 15 to August 31.
- Learn more about Chugach National Forest
- Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by purchasing firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.
The cabin is located south of Sterling Highway on the Crescent Lake Trail. It sits at the northwest end of Crescent Lake, at an elevation of about 1,450 feet. The surrounding area is close to the tree line, affording scenic views of nearby mountains.
In addition to avalanche danger, high winds may sweep across the lake, causing danger for small boats and planes. For information on access and regulations pertaining to this cabin, trail conditions, safety precautions and outdoor safety and ethics, please contact the Seward District office.
Fishing in Crescent Lake is very popular for grayling. A rowboat with oars is available at the cabin, however, life jackets and fishing equipment are not provided. High winds could present a danger to anyone on the lake.
In season, visitors hunt for moose, black and brown bears and Dall sheep.
Hiking, horseback riding, cross country skiing and snowshoeing are also popular activities. There is extreme avalanche danger on the Crescent Creek Trail in winter and early spring. The primitive trail around Crescent Lake crosses several avalanche chutes and should not be used in the winter.
Seward Ranger District, 33599 Ranger Station Spur SEWARD, AK 99664
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From milepost 45 on Sterling Highway,take Quartz Creek road 3.2 miles to the Crescent Creek trailhead. The cabin is 6.5 miles down the Crescent Creek Trail.
Winter travelers need to be able to evaluate avalanche and over-ice travel conditions. The trail is closed to horse/pack stock from April 1 to June 30, and is closed to motor vehicles between May 1 and Nov. 30.
Refer to USGS maps Seward B7, C7 and C8. Maps are available online or by calling the Seward Ranger District at 907-288-3178.
Learn more about Carter Lake and Crescent Creek.