This rustic, 20 x 24 log cabin with a covered porch sits in the forest close to the Chena River about 53 miles from Fairbanks inside the Chena River State Recreation Area. It has the vibe of an old-time trapper’s cabin, with great river access.


A small step up to the front deck, with parking nearby, makes this cabin easy to access. It contains three double and three single plywood platform bunks, a pit toilet, with wood heating stove, fire ring, table, seats, broom, saw, ax and ash scoop.


8 people (pets welcome)




About 400 yards down a gated drive from Mile 47.7 of the Chena Hot Springs Road. In winter, the access road might be snowed in.


The cabin nestles in a handsome spruce-birch forest near 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
Mile 47.7 of the Chena Hot Springs Road
Fairbanks, AK 99709

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


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