Willow Winter Public Use Cabin
If you crave solitude, and enjoy the rigors of Alaska in the winter time, the Willow Cabin at Exit Glacier is a wonderful place to stay and experience the beauty of Kenai Fjords in the winter time!
Getting there: Willow Cabin can be reached by snowmobile (once there are 18 inches of packed snow on the road), cross-country skis, snowshoes or dogsled. The road to Exit Glacier is usually closed at the Box Canyon Gate, 1.5 miles off the Seward Highway. From there it is approximately 7 miles to the cabin, but you may have a shorter ski if the road is still open to the Forest Service or National Park Service boundary. Be sure to park at the turnoff before the gate. Keep the gate clear for access by mushers and emergency vehicles.
Reservations: Reservations are required and can be made in person at Park Headquarters, or by calling 907-422-0500 on or after November 1st of the season that you wish to stay. The cabin is available for reservations beginning on November 1st, and ending April 1st. Stays are limited to three nights.
Cost: $35 per night for the 2013-14 winter season. The rate will increase to $50 per night beginning with the 2014-15 winter season.
Cancellation Policy: Reservations must be cancelled at least 10 days in advance to receive a refund or credit, unless the cabin is inaccessible due to weather. Refunds are only available for reservations made using an approved credit card. Credits may be applied to the current season only on a space available basis.
Facilities: Willow Cabin is equipped with propane heat, as well as propane fueled stove, oven, refrigerator, and lights. The cabin is fully furnished with table and chairs, a couch and bunk beds with mattresses. It has two bedrooms and sleeps up to four people. Basic cooking utensils, pots and pans, and flatware are provided. A pit toilet is located near the cabin. There is no running water - visitors need to melt snow or carry in drinking water.
Willow Cabin Fact Sheet
Did You Know?
The Hoary Marmot is the largest member of the ground squirrels. These guys hibernate half or more of their life away. They have very thick fur and a substantial fat layer that protects them from the cold. You are not as likely to see them on hot days as they hide in the shade to keep cool.