Located on an isthmus between a sheltered cove and the main body of a vast backcountry lake, Cabin 2 offers a basic, easy-to-heat base for exploring 1,186-acre Red Shirt Lake regardless of weather. It gives a small party no-fuss access to water, fuel and ski trails — a cozy space to relax when the day is done and the light begins its dying slant.

Red Shirt Lake Cabin #3 is, rustic, 12' X 12', close to the lake, and can sleep up to 4

Perfect for Paddlers

Snug and quiet, it’s a place that suggests an old-time trapper’s cabin, hidden and almost forgotten. Once you retire after the day’s adventures, you stoke the woodstove and listen to silence. A perfect setting for a couple, or a family with small children, to snuggle in, dim the lantern, crack a book, or start a game.

With two boat landings, Cabin 2 may also be the perfect destination for those who want to paddle no matter what. There is protected water with islands and bays to the west, while the east landing faces water that opens into a three-mile fetch.

Enjoy this cozy space while relaxing next to a fire at the end of your day


Rustic 12-by-12 cabin close to the lake. Practical sleeping space for four on bunks and benches (official park description says 6 could sleep here but that would be tight.) With wood stove, small cooking space. Fire ring, picnic table and outhouse are outside.

Lake water must be purified. Plenty of wood can be found in the surrounding forest, but bring a saw. The cabin’s small space could be an asset for heating during frigid weather.

Snuggle in to this private cozy cabin after you've been out exploring Alaska

What Can You Do At Red Shirt Lake Cabin 2?

  • Paddle for miles on Red Shirt Lake, with especially good access to the less visited northeastern section of the lake near the cabin where the shoreline is almost entirely public parkland.
  • Fish for Northern pike as long as your arm. (Landing net recommended!)
  • Ski, snow-shoe or snowmobile on an extensive winter trail system.
  • Hunker down in a cozy space with good wind protection and lots of privacy.

Getting There

Latitude: 61.63601
Longitude: -150.16096


If by foot, first drive 6.5 miles to the parking lot at the end of Nancy Lake Parkway, just outside the entrance to South Rolly Lake Campground. Then hike three miles through rolling moraine country on the Red Shirt Lake Trail. Canoes stored at the shore can be rented from Tippecanoe Rentals in Willow at 907-355-6687. Cabin 2 is a one-third-mile paddle into the protected bay immediately southeast of the trailhead. (Just around the corner.)


Depending upon snow conditions and ice cover, you can travel to Red Shirt Lake by snow vehicle, skis, snowshoe, snow bike or foot. Check the park conditions report first. Beginning at the winter trailhead at Mile 2.2 of the Nancy Lake Parkway, it is about 7 miles to Red Shirt Lake over the winter trail and another half mile or so southwest across the lake. Ski-equipped planes may also land.

Break Up / Freeze Up

None of the cabins on Red Shirt Lake can be reached when ice is too thin.

Driving Directions

Red Shirt Lake Cabin #2