McKinley Lake Cabin

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

A 16 x 20-foot rustic cabin.

Sleeps 6, table, wood stove, splitting maul, saw, rainwater catchment barrel, and outhouse.

No running water, electricity, mattress or bedding, cooking utensils, or cut firewood.

At a Glance

Reservations: Cabin reservations can be made by calling 1-877-444-6777 (518-885-3639 overseas)  or visiting Cabin reservations (check-in  & check out time) are from noon to noon.

General Information

General Notes:

There are two cabins in the McKinley area and sometimes there's some confusion about which one is which. McKinley TRAIL cabin is the one near the Copper River Highway, about 100 yards up the trail. McKinley LAKE cabin is on the lake, about 2.25 miles from the trailhead.


The cabin is located at the northwest end of McKinley Lake. Hiking access begins at McKinley Lake Trail (2.25 miles), a signed trailhead located at Mile 21 of the Copper River Highway. Access is also available by floatplane (10 minutes from Cordova) or by boat/canoe up Alaganik Slough to McKinley Lake (2 miles). If you want to canoe, check with the Forest Service office on the stream conditions. When the glaciers are melting and there has been some rain, the stream can get a little rowdy, and you’ll need to look out for trees that have fallen across the creek. Boat access is best at high water in mid-June to September.

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Cabin Rentals

Occupancy of Forest Service cabins is by permit only ($35 per night per party). Reservations may be made up to 180 days in advance by calling (877)444-6777 toll free, (518)885-3639 for overseas or via internet at

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Permit required?: Y
Difficulty Level: Intermediate


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