Crescent Lake Cabin is an extremely remote and secluded place to stay in the Kenai Mountains of south-central Alaska. While it is recommended for more hardy travelers, it provides access to great fishing, hunting, trail and wildlife viewing opportunities. The cabin can be accessed...
Status: Open through Wed Dec 31 2014   Season Dates

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Know Before You Go
  • 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
  • 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
  • Learn more about Chugach National Forest
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Crescent Lake Cabin is an extremely remote and secluded place to stay in the Kenai Mountains of south-central Alaska. While it is recommended for more hardy travelers, it provides access to great fishing, hunting, trail and wildlife viewing opportunities.

The cabin can be accessed by floatplane, or by hiking, biking, horseback riding, skiing or snowmobiling on a trail that requires up to 7 miles of trekking. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

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 trophy-size 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.


The 12x14-ft rustic cabin can sleep four people comfortably, but can accommodate up to eight. It is equipped with wooden bunks, a table, benches and a wood stove for heat. A splitting maul and crosscut saw are available. An outhouse is provided outside the cabin.

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 gear, water, food and firewood. Water taken from the lake should be treated or boiled before consumption.

Booking Window
Thu Apr 24 2014 - Fri Oct 24 2014

Reservations can be made for today and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

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Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Non Peak Wed Jan 01 2014 Wed May 14 2014
Peak Thu May 15 2014 Sun Aug 31 2014
Non Peak Mon Sep 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Lake Access
  • Mountain Biking
  • Non-Motorized Boating
  • Snowmobiling
  • Table & Benches
  • Trailheads
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
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Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy

Special Policy Applicable to this Facility
Reservations can be made the day of arrival or up to 180 days in advance. Only one change per reservation for all Alaska cabins is allowed. Change is defined as a modification to the start or end date of the reservation; after one change has been made, if additional changes are desired, the customer must cancel the current reservation and re-book the new dates.

If you cancel a cabin reservation within 14 days of your scheduled arrival date, you will be charged the $10 service fee and forfeit the first night's recreation use fee. No-shows, early departures, or cancellations after the scheduled arrival date are not entitled to a refund. Cancellations for single night use for Alaska cabins will not be assessed a service fee.

Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Non Peak Season
Jan 01 2014 -
May 14 2014
Peak Season
May 15 2014 -
Aug 31 2014
Non Peak Season
Sep 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
60.47722, -149.57194
60°28'38"N, 149°34'19"W

From milepost 45 on Sterling Highway, access the Crescent Creek Trail and trek about 6.5 miles to the cabin. It is also accessible by floatplane (15-minute flight from Moose Pass or 20 minute flight from Cooper Landing).

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) 224-3374.
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Project Office:(907)224-3374
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