Lower Paradise Lake Cabin
Chugach National Forest
Lower Paradise Lake Cabin offers a remote and secluded place to stay in the scenic forest of south-central Alaska. It provides spectacular glacier views, as well as ample opportunity for fishing on a high alpine lake. Visitors also enjoy hunting and wildlife viewing.
The cabin is accessible by 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. An outhouse is also provided. Firewood is NOT plentiful in the region and it is recommended to bring a supply with you.
Visitors will need to bring their own water for drinking, cooking and cleaning purposes. Water taken from lakes
Or streams must be treated or boiled prior to consumption. Visitors will also need to bring their own bedding and sleeping pads, flashlights, cooking gear, food, clothing and cooking utensils, among other necessities. 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
- Access to this cabin is by float plane only
- In fall, winter, and early spring, this 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; guests must bring their own or treat or boil water 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
- Forest Order (10-04-00-14-47) that limits occupying/renting a public use rental cabin for more than seven consecutive days by any group or person
- 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 east of Seward Highway in the remote Paradise Valley on the north shore of Lower Paradise Lake, surrounded by scenic views of alpine mountains. It sits in a forest of alder, willow and spruce trees at an elevation of about 1,340 feet. Wild berries are ripe for the picking in late-summer to fall and the area is home to abundant wildflowers in spring and early-summer.
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.
The cabin offers seclusion and good fishing. A rowboat and oars provided at the cabin give anglers excellent opportunities to catch grayling in the small, adjacent lake. Life jackets are not provided.
Hunting is popular during designated seasons. The area is home to a variety of wildlife, including moose, black and brown bears, sheep and mountain goats.
While there are no maintained trails in the area, it is rife with potential for exploration. Day hikes lead to even better views of glacier fields that loom above the cabin. Some glaciers can be seen out the front door of the cabin.
Seward Ranger District, 33599 Ranger Station Spur SEWARD AK 99664
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Access is via floatplane only (15 minutes from Moose Pass, 20 minutes from Seward). There is no trail near the cabin and access on foot is not recommended. Travel conditions may be dependent on seasonal and/or weather conditions. For current travel conditions call the Seward Ranger District at 907-288-3178.