WRANGELL ST ELIAS SUBSISTENCE RESOURCE COMMISSION TO MEET IN CHISTOCHINA
The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Subsistence Resource Commission will meet at the Chistochina Community Hall on Tuesday, October 29, and Wednesday, October 30, to consider a range of issues related to subsistence hunting and fishing in the park. More »
WRANGELL-ST. ELIAS TO CLOSE HEADQUARTER’S VISITOR CENTER FOR THE WINTER
Copper Center, AK – The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Visitor Center in Copper Center will be closed for the winter beginning November 1. More »
Rustic and Remote
All of the public-use cabins in Wrangell-St. Elias are very rustic with very few amenities. They are not regularly maintained. You should expect a basic cabin with wooden bunks and a rustic outhouse. Each cabin has a wood stove, but firewood is not stocked by the park. The park does not stock these cabins with water, firewood, dishes, emergency supplies, sleeping pads, or any other amenities. You are responsible for packing everything in and everything out.
The maximum stay in a cabin is seven days in a 30-day period, unless you have written permission from the Superintendent. Most cabins are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and presently do not require reservations. If you plan to stay in one of the first-come, first-served cabins, you should bring camping gear in case the cabin is already occupied. During hunting season the cabins are extremely popular, so be prepared for the cabin to be occupied. It is not appropriate to ask to share a cabin with occupants who are already there.
Cabins that MUST be reserved year-round:
Cabins that MUST be reserved during the summer (April 1 - September 30):
For reservations for any of the cabins listed above, please call (907) 822-7253 or e-mail us. Please send us an email if you are contacting us from outside the United States, as we are not able to call overseas.
Esker Creek Cabin (near Yakutat)
All other park public-use cabins do not require reservations.
More Information About the Cabins...
All cabins have a woodstove, bunks, and pit toilet. You must bring all personal belongings that you will require, including sleeping and dining equipment. Please leave cabins set up for emergency use and cleaner than when you arrived. Replenish any firewood stored in the cabins for the next user, as firewood is not stocked by the park. Please do not remove or relocate any artifacts or deface any historic buildings. Do not leave food or personal items in the cabins. Please have a safe and enjoyable visit to the public-use cabins at Wrangell-St. Elias!
Click Here for map of all cabins and airstrips
Esker Stream Cabin: Reservations required year-round. Access by air, via a beach landing. Cabin located near Yakutat, AK, in the far southeast corner of the park.
Viking Lodge Cabin: Reservations required year-round. Access by foot or by snowmachine in the winter. Cabin is located about 1/4 mile north of the Nabesna Road. Trailhead is located at mile 22.5 at the Rock Lake Turnout.
Caribou Creek Cabin & Trail: Reservations required year-round. Access by foot. Cabin is at the end of the 3-mile Caribou Creek Trail. Trailhead is located at mile 19.5 of the Nabesna Road. Parking is available at mile 18.9.
Nugget Creek Cabin & Trail: Reservations required from April 1 - September 30. First come, first served in the winter. Access by foot or by air. Cabin can be reached from the 14-mile Nugget Creek Trail. Trailhead is located on the Kotsina Road. Kotsina Rd turn-off is at mile 14.5 of the McCarthy Rd.
Glacier Creek Cabin: Reservations required from April 1 - September 30. First come, first served in the winter. Access by air. This cabin is situated 18 miles east of McCarthy, about 1/2 mile south of the Chitistone River.
Chelle Lake Cabin: First come, first served. No reservations taken for this cabin. Access by air. Cabin is located in the northwest corner of the park, in the vicinity of Mount Drum. Cabin is accessed by aircraft via an extremely rough 800' gravel airstrip. No FAA identifier. Light aircraft can go from Gulkana to Chelle Lake airstrip (NPS) in about 20 minutes flying time. Air taxi services may be obtained from operators in Tok, Gulkana, or Nabesna.
This cabin is completely surrounded by private land owned by the Ahtna Native Corporation. If you want to explore, you must obtain a permit to cross land owned by the Ahtna Native Corporation. Boundaries are not clearly marked or documented, so plan to obtain a permit before you go if you think you'll do any sort of exploring. A permit can be obtained from Ahtna by calling (907) 822-3476.
Orange Hill Cabin: First come, first served. No reservations take for this cabin. Access by air. This cabin is located in the Nabesna River valley approximately 13 miles southeast of Nabesna. Cabin is accessed by air via nearby 700' gravel airstrip. No FAA identifier. Caution: Airstrip is being heavily eroded and shortened each summer by a bend of the Nabesna River.
Too Much Johnson Cabin: First come, first served. No reservations for this cabin. Access by air. The cabin is located in Chisana, located 97 miles east of the Gulkana airport. Cabin is accessed via the nearby 1600' Chisana Airstrip (CZN). There are private lands and private residences in Chisana. Please respect private property.
Peavine Cabins: First come, first served. No reservations for this cabin. Access by air. Cabins are located 14 miles east of McCarthy on a gravel bar of the Chitistone River. No FAA identifier.
May Creek Cabin: First come, first served. No reservations for this cabin. Access by air. Cabin is located between May and Chititu Creek, approximately 11.5 miles southeast of McCarthy. Cabin is accessed by air via nearby 2700' turf airstrip (MYK). The cabin is located near the southeast corner of the airstrip, behind the mail cabin.
Jake's Bar Cabins: First come, first served. No reservations for this cabin. Access by air or by float on the Chitina River. These cabins are located on the north shore of the Chitina River about 15 miles south of McCarthy. Cabin is accessed via nearby 1000' gravel airstrip (AKO).
Hubert's Landing Cabin: First come, first served. No reservations for this cabin. Access by air. Cabin is located in the southeast corner of the park, on the upper Chitina River. Cabin is accessed by air via a 900' gravel airstrip. No FAA identifier.
Did You Know?
Mt. Wrangell, the largest active volcano in Alaska, was named by Russian explorers for Baron von Wrangell, Admiral of the Russian Navy and Governor of Russian America from 1830 to 1836.