North Arm Cabin

North Arm Cabin is NO LONGER managed by the National Park Service.

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An exterior picture of a cabin at Kenai Fjords National Park during the summer

NPS File Photo

Description: Rustic Cabin, approximately 16'X 20'.

Facilities: Sleeps up to 6 people. Includes six wooden bunks, work counter, table with chairs, diesel oil stove (fuel is provided), fire extinguisher, informational bulletin board, and smoke detector. Has a pit toilet. Fresh water is available but must be treated. Not included: Running water, electricity, mattress or bedding, cooking utensils.

Location: This is the most remote of the four coastal cabins. Located on the easterly shore of North Arm in Nuka Bay (a 40 minute flight from Homer or 60 minutes from Seward.) Refer to USGS map, Seldovia C-2.

Terrain/Vegetation: Old growth spruce forest, dense forest undergrowth. Narrow steep-sided valley. North Arm Cabin affords a superb view of a spectacular 900 foot cataract (waterfall) tumbling off Storm Mountain across the bay. Cabin elevation is just above sea level.

Recreation: Kayaking, boating, solitude, and tidal pool exploration. Hiking is extremely limited beyond the tidal flats. Limited fishing is available within the salt water for halibut and rockfish, and along the beaches for pink (July) salmon. A boat is required for access to these fisheries. Review Alaska Department of Fish and Game fishing regulations.

Wildlife: Black and brown bear, bald eagles, sea birds and various marine mammals.

Specific Consideration: Flat beach exposes extensive tidal flats at low tide. Low tides make anchoring a boat difficult. This cabin is not equipped with a ramp; however, the short trek from the beach is relatively level and obstruction-free. All food must be kept secured in the cabin at all times. There is no hunting allowed in this area.

Reservations: Occupancy of Holgate Arm cabin is by Special Use Permit Only ($50 per night). Reservations are first-come, first-served and accepted beginning January 2nd, for late May-Labor Day, depending on weather. To make reservations, call or write to:

Alaska Public Lands Information Center (APLIC)
605 W. 4th Ave. Suite 105
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 271-2737

Reservations can also be made in person at the Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center in Seward's Small Boat Harbor. Due to the remoteness of this cabin, coupled with the expense of accessing it, allows extended stays up to a maximum of nine nights whithin the calendar year. Individuals in the same party may not make sequential reservations in order to exceed the three-night limit. Occupancy begins and ends at noon on the assigned days. To cancel, notification is required not less than 10 days in advance of scheduled trip. No credit for cancellations of less than 10 days notice unless cabin is inaccessible due to weather. Refunds only available when reservations were made using an approved Credit Card. Cabin users must have their permit displayed in a window during entire stay.

For Your Information:

  • Food and drinks must be kept secured in the cabin at all times. Black and brown bears frequent this area. Food storage violations could result in immediate termination of the cabin permit.
  • Campfires are permitted only on the beach below the storm tide line.
  • Tents may not be pitched around the cabin.
  • There is no hunting or trapping allowed in this area.

Last updated: April 14, 2015

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605 West 4th Avenue
Suite 105

Anchorage, AK 99501


(907) 644-3661

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