Kenai Fjords National Park Cabins
Kenai Fjords National Park
Holgate and Aialik Bay Cabins are rustic public use cabins. The cabins are accessible only by a two-hour boat ride or a 30-minute float plane flight from Seward; there are no roads to the cabins. The cabins are open from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend and booking starts January 3rd.
is located on the northeastern shore of Holgate Arm in Aialik Bay. The cabin sits on a small bluff above a cobble beach. There are spectacular views of Holgate Glacier from the cabin's front porch.
Aialik Bay Cabin
is located on a five-acre lease on Port Graham Corporation land, at the upper end of Aialik Bay. It is within the heart of the coastal backcountry of Kenai Fjords National Park. You will be able to enjoy views of tidewater glaciers.
Reservations are limited to a maximum of three nights per group per cabin within the calendar year. Occupancy begins and ends at noon.
The cabins are rustic, approximately 16' x 20'. There is no electricity or running water at the cabins. Fresh water is not always accessible and must be treated. There are toilet structures where disposable toilet kits must be used (environmentally- friendly human waste disposal system). Toilet kits are provided and must be packed out. There is no cell phone coverage in the backcountry. There are no mooring buoys at the beach.
Holgate Cabin contains three wooden bunk beds that sleep up to six people, a work counter, table with chairs, propane heater (propane provided), fire extinguisher, and smoke detector.
Aialik Bay Cabin contains two wooden bunk beds that sleep up to six people, a work counter, table with four chairs, propane heater (propane provided), fire extinguisher, and smoke detector.
Need to Know
- Bring with you: your own cook stove, lighter, utensils, sleeping pad, bedding, toilet paper, drinking water, and/or means to treat drinking water. Fresh water can be difficult to find, especially during dry periods. Bring sufficient amount of drinking water from an approved source or be prepared to treat water from a natural surface source.
- Cabins are accessible by float plane or boat; water taxis are available from Seward. Water taxi costs vary from season to season. Consult http://www.seward.com for local vendors.
- Park regulations require all food, garbage, and other scented items be secured inside the cabin at all times, as black bears frequent this area. Food storage violations could result in immediate termination of the cabin permit in addition to a fine.
- Pets are not allowed in the coastal backcountry or inside public cabins. Exceptions are made for service dogs.
- Pack out all trash, remaining food, and used toilet kits.
- No smoking inside cabin. All cigarette butts must be packed out with other garbage.
- The Aialik Bay Cabin is located on a five-acre parcel of land leased by the NPS from the Port Graham Corporation. Those interested in accessing Port Graham Corporation lands outside the five-acre lease must obtain a permit by contacting Port Graham at (907) 284-2212.
- Campfires are permitted only on the beach below the high tide line.
- There is no hunting or trapping permitted in this area.
- Please conserve propane; use only when necessary.
- Mosquito nets are highly recommended in July and August.
- It is highly recommended that backcountry travelers carry a marine radio or satellite phone. There is no cell phone coverage in Aialik Bay.
- Kenai Fjords National Park does not add on a reservation fee for our cabins.
- A printable facility map is available on the right sidebar of this page or click here
- Don't Move Firewood: Help protect our forests! Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. Moving firewood is illegal in some states. Visit dontmovefirewood.org to learn more.
Both cabins are situated just above sea level and are surrounded by alder trees, blueberry, and salmonberry bushes.
Holgate Cabin: The surrounding terrain is open spruce forest. The view of Holgate Glacier is spectacular and you can hear sounds of calving ice from the glacier. The cabin is surrounded by alder trees, blueberry, and salmonberry bushes.
Aialik Bay Cabin: The cabin is located near the north end of a deep, sheltered fjord. It is across the bay from Aialik Glacier. The surrounding terrain is flat, with young spruce forests, alder thickets, and a long cobble beach.
Both cabins are in Aialik Bay.
- From Holgate Cabin explore nearby Pedersen Lagoon and Quicksand Cove by kayak or boat.
- From Aialik Bay Cabin enjoy views of Pedersen Glacier and Aialik Glacier. Abra Cove is north of the cabin and can be accessed by kayak or boat.
Both cabins are ideal locations for kayaking, boating, fishing, hiking, and wildlife viewing. It is possible to see black bears, seabirds, sea otters, mountain goats, and other marine mammals. There can be excellent berry picking in the open spruce forest that surrounds the cabins. Please refer to Alaska Department of Fish and Game for fishing regulations and license requirements.
PO Box 1727 Seward AK 99664
For campground inquiries, please call: (907)422-0500
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The cabins are accessible only by float plane or boat.
Holgate Cabin: 59Â° 50' 01.61" N 149Â° 46' 10.25" W
Aialik Bay Cabin: 59Â° 53' 12.63" N 149Â° 39' 22.41" W