This handsome 16 x 24 log cabin with a sleeping loft sits on the banks of the Chena River about 48 miles from Fairbanks, featuring the musical flow of the crystal river with decent fishing for grayling or a launch spot for float trips. It’s dedicated to the memory of Park Ranger Darryl Hunt, who managed the Chena River State Recreation Area from 1994 to 2003.


The cabin is supplied with a wood stove, table, seats, broom, ax, saw, and ash scoop, with bunks on the main floor and sleeping space in a loft.


6 people (pets welcome)




At the end of a gated driveway at Mile 42.3 of the Chena Hot Springs Road, just before the entrance to the Red Squirrel Campground.


The cabin nestles in a spruce-birch river bottom on the river inside the 254,000-acre recreation area. The park is known for its rich wildlife habitat, with many sloughs and wetlands, plus timbered rolling hills and trail access to high country.

Decent fishing. Visiting is an outstanding way to experience the riverine habitat of Alaska’s Interior country.

Season of Use


Managing Agency

Chena River State Recreation Area

What to Bring

Guests probably should bring drinking water, or be prepared to sterilize river water or melt snow. It’s best to bring your own firewood because the adjacent woods will be picked over. Items such as a cook stove, cooking gear, flashlights or lanterns, bedding, sleeping pads and trash bags are not provided. Guests are expected to pack out trash and clean the cabin before leaving. Don’t assume there will be sufficient toilet paper or working batteries in the smoke detector.





Getting There

Chena River State Recreation Area
Mi 42.3 Chena Hot Springs Road
Fairbanks, AK 99712

From Fairbanks, take the Steese Highway on the east side of town about five miles to the junction with Chena Hot Springs Road. Drive northeast. Watch for the sign on the highway indicating the turnoff.

Driving Directions


Hunt Memorial Cabin