This cozy 10x16 cabin inside a campground about 22 miles up the Elliott Highway from Fairbanks offers great access to the 400-acre Chatanika State Recreation Area with nearby sled and ATV trails, and boating on the Chatanika River. Wired for electricity, the cabin may be unavailable for public reservations May 1 through Sept. 30.


With a sleeping loft above and a plywood platform below, the cabin includes a woodstove, small table and kitchen counter. To use the electrical outlets, visitors must bring their own generator. Water pump in campground during summer.


4 people (pets welcome)




Near the entrance of Olnes Pond Campground just south of the bridge over the Chatanika River.


The cabin is located in the forest near the winding Chatanika River, a popular year-round destination for area residents. Typical Interior Alaska river bottom habitat.

Season of Use

Year-round (the cabin may be unavailable for public reservations May 1 through Sept. 30)

Managing Agency

Alaska State Parks

What to Bring

Guests probably should bring firewood because the adjacent woods will be picked over. During summer, water is available in the campground, but guests should bring their own after freeze-up or be prepared to melt snow. 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

Lower Chatanika State Recreation Site
Mile 10.5 of the Elliot Highway
Fairbanks, AK 99712

From Fairbanks, take the Steese Highway north from the east side of town until it turns into the Elliott Highway. Olnes Pond Campground is at Mile 11.

Driving Directions


Olnes Pond Cabin