Logo bar of the Alaska Public Lands Information Center which are located in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Tok and Ketchikan
A small brown public use cabin sits among lush green trees, bushes and ground cover. Save for the Forest Service sign hanging by the cabin door, one might believe fairytale creatures lived here.
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How to find a Public Use Cabin in Alaska
Public use cabin located at Bald Lake
Photo by DNR
Bald Lake Cabin

If you want to get away to a wilderness cabin, state and federal agencies in Alaska give you more than 200 opportunities. Cabins are located throughout Alaska on trails, lakes, streams, ocean shorelines, and in alpine areas. They are managed by different public agencies, each with its own guidelines for rental. Cabins have "rugged" accommodations: usually a heating stove, bunks/sleeping platforms, table and chairs, and an outhouse. You are responsible for providing your own food, cook stove and cooking utensils, water, and bedding. 

Access to cabins is by plane, boat, trail, or a combination of these. You are on your own for arranging transportation to and from the cabins. Usually a list of operators permitted to provide services within the public land unit can be obtained from the managing agency. Most cabins are used year round although usage may be strongly discouraged during certain times of the year. Alaska's weather can delay your trip at any time of year, so plan accordingly in regards to extra food, provisions, and pick-up plans. For any travel in Alaska's backcountry, you are responsible for your own safety; be prepared with survival skills and proper equipment.

Generally, cabin permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis for noncommercial purposes to anyone over 18 years old. However, because of high demand, agencies may incorporate a lottery system.

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Colorado Creek Cabin - Chena River State Recreation Area

Note: This Embedded video resides on the official Alaska State Park YouTube channel

 For more information select a link below or check out the Wilderness Cabin brochure (a pdf)

Cabins by Agency/Location:
Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge (Kodiak Island)

Chugach National Forest Cabins (Kenai Peninsula & PWS)

Alaska State Park Cabins (Anchorage, Matsu, Ressurection Bay, Interior, SE, PWS)

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Cabins (Kenai Peninsula)

Kenai Fjords National Park CabinReservations/Information

(Resurrection Bay) 

Yukon Charley Rivers National Preserve Public Use Cabins (Interior)

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve Backcountry Cabins

White Mountains National Recreation Area Cabins (Interior)

Tongass National Forest Cabin Information (Southeast) 

Bureau of Land Management Public Use Cabins (Interior)

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Cold Safety
You are 10x more likely to die of hypothermia in Alaska than the lower 48. Don't be a statistic.
The dark green spruce trees and lighter green foliage of the boreal forest are reflected perfectly by the waters of a small lake. The sky is blue with puffy white clouds. Did You Know?
With only 0.9 persons per square mile and only 0.001 percent of its land area developed, Alaska is one of the least populated places on earth.