UPPER RUSSIAN LAKE CABIN, AK

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Upper Russian Lake Cabin is a rustic, remote facility that was recently refurbished to provide added safety to campers, however it kept the old-fashioned charm of the 1950s, when it was originally built. Its location provides ample fishing and boating opportunities. Visitors enjoy exploring...

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Overview

Upper Russian Lake Cabin is a rustic, remote facility that was recently refurbished to provide added safety to campers, however it kept the old-fashioned charm of the 1950s, when it was originally built. Its location provides ample fishing and boating opportunities. Visitors enjoy exploring surrounding trails and viewing wildlife.

The cabin can be accessed via a trek up to 12 miles or by floatplane. 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, set back from the north shore of Upper Russian Lake. It is surrounded by an open grove of giant cottonwood trees with views of the lake and mountains beyond. A mountain stream runs alongside the cabin, down to the lake.

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.

Recreation:

Visitors enjoy boating and fishing for Dolly Varden, rainbow trout and red salmon during mid-June and mid-July runs in Upper Russian Lake. A rowboat with oars is provided at the cabin. Fishing equipment is not provided and permits are required to fish or hunt in the state, click here to learn more about Alaska Department of Fish & Game regulations.

In season, visitors hunt for moose, black and brown bears and wolves in the surrounding forest. Hiking, mountain biking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling (during open seasons only) are also popular in the area.

Facilities:

The 12x14-ft log cabin has wooden bunks to sleep up to eight people, but four will fit comfortably. It is equipped with a table, benches and a wood stove for heat. An outdoor toilet is provided. Firewood can also be cut in the area, using the splitting maul and crosscut saw supplied at the cabin.

Visitors will need to bring their own water for drinking, cooking and cleaning purposes. Water taken from the lake 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.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Fishing
  • Lake Access
  • Mountain Biking
  • Non-Motorized Boating
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trailheads
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
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
  • Winter access is via a trek of up to 12 miles
  • There is no source of fresh water near the cabin; visitors 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
  • 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.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

UPPER RUSSIAN LAKE CABIN
334 FOURTH AVE
SEWARD  AK  99664

Phone Number:

Project Office: (907)224-3374