Upper Russian Lake Cabin

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Handsome 12x14 trapper’s style log cabin that overlooks the lake and a stunning view. With bunk space for six and sleeping for eight. (The Forest Service recommends space for 4, so expect close quarters.) Features front porch with some rain protection and a firewood bin. Contains counter space, table, benches, wood stove for heat, splitting maul, handsaw and an outhouse.


There is no fresh water source, water taken from the lake must be treated or boiled before consumption.


Up to 8 people


Russian Lake


The cabin is located south of Sterling Highway, set back from the north shore of Upper Russian Lake. A mountain stream runs alongside the cabin, down to the lake. GPS: N 60° 21’ 25” W 149° 53’ 27”


Access via a trek up to 12 miles or by floatplane. Access to the cabin is via the Russian Lakes Trail, 10 miles from the East Trailhead. The East Trailhead is located on the Snug Harbor Road, 12 miles from the Sterling Highway out of Cooper Landing. Or access the cabin via trail 12 miles from the North Trailhead located within the Russian River Campground, milepost 52.6 of the Sterling Highway.

To arrange floatplane transportation from Moose Pass, contact Scenic Mountain Air.


It is surrounded by an open grove of giant cottonwood trees with views of the lake and mountains beyond.

Special Features

You can enjoy boating and fishing for Dolly Varden, rainbow trout and red salmon during mid-June and mid-July runs in Upper Russian Lake. In season, you can hunt for moose, black and brown bears and wolves in the surrounding forest. Hiking, mountain biking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling (during open seasons only) are also popular in the area.

Season of Use


Managing Agency

Chugach National Forest

What to Bring

Bring your own bedding and sleeping pads, flashlights, cooking gear, food, clothing and cooking utensils, among other necessities. All garbage and food must be packed out. You will also need to bring your own water for drinking, cooking and cleaning.





Getting There

Latitude: 60.35472
Longitude: -149.88361
Driving Directions

Upper Russian Lake Cabin