12' x 14'


Two bunk beds, table with benches, wood stove, splitting maul, crosscut saw, broom, shovel, water bucket, fire extinguisher, boat with oars, established campfire ring, and outhouse.




Kenai National Wildlife Refuge


The cabin is located on the North Shore of Trapper Joe Lake.


Primary access to the cabin is by float plane, ski plane, snowmobile and skiing. This cabin can also be accessed from August 10 to mid October by seasonally driving 22 miles down the Mystery Creek Road (when the gate is open) and then by hiking or canoeing to the cabin. There is no designated hiking trail to the cabin. Contact the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge for gate information (907) 262-7021. Note: Four wheel drive vehicles are recommended for driving the Mystery Creek Road however ATV'S are not permitted on the Refuge.


Cabin is in a fairly flat area, overlooking the lake. Surrounded by scattered trees, shrubs, grasses, and wildflowers.

Special Features

This cabin offers seclusion and fishing for rainbow trout along with sightseeing, wildlife viewing and exploring. The cabin is also popular for a wilderness retreat, wildlife viewing, fishing, ice fishing and a stop over for snowmobile travelers in the winter. Contact the Kenai Refuge for snowmobiling regulations in this area.

Season Of Use

All Year

Managing Agency

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

What To Bring

NOT included: running water, electricity, mattress or bedding, cooking utensils, or cut firewood. Bringing a personal cooking stove is recommended





More Info

The seclusion of this cabin necessitates being prepared to handle any emergency situation. Inclement weather may cause an unexpected extension of the trip. Bringing a personal cooking stove is recommended. Carry in potable water or boil surface water 5 minutes before drinking. Remember to pack out your trash. Enjoy, but help protect this historical building.

USGS Topo Map

Kenai D-1

Rental Fee

None. Use is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Getting There

Latitude: 60.765467
Longitude: -150.074783
Driving Directions

Trapper Joe Lake Cabin