Skater's Cabin Picnic Site

Skater’s Cabin Picnic Shelter is located on the shore of the southwest corner of Mendenhall Lake, near the Mendenhall Glacier. It is accessible from the Mendenhall Loop Road, approximately 6 miles from the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal, or approximately 13 miles from downtown Juneau. The cabin was constructed in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps and is made with natural stone. The cabin is equipped with a covered porch and 2 movable picnic tables along with a wood stove. Outside facilities include a large group fire ring in front of the cabin and a stationary wood picnic table and fire ring adjacent to the southwest corner of the cabin. The area is accessible by a staircase and fully accessible trails and ramp to the beach. A potable water fountain and fully accessible vault toilets are also provided. The picnic area also has two additional picnic sites with fire rings designated for nongroup use, and they are not available for reservation. Parking is limited to the 14-stall parking lot in back of the cabin. Two of these stalls are designated for accessible use only. Additional parking is available at the West Glacier Trailhead parking lot approximately 200 yards to the north.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: 6 am - 10pm
Reservations: Reservations may be made at the Juneau Ranger District, 8510 Mendenhall Loop Road, Monday - Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.
Fees Reservation fee is $10 per hour with a minimum fee of $20 and a maximum fee of $100 payable at time of reservation. The shelter can be rented for a maximum of 16 hours per day. There are no partial hour charges; any
Open Season: 1/1
Usage: Moderate
Closest Towns: Juneau, AK
Water: Yes
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: Skater's Cabin is approximately a 13 mile drive from downtown Juneau. Head north on Egan Dr/Glacier Highway for about 8 miles to Mendenhall Loop Road. Turn right and travel about 2.2 miles. Turn left to stay on Mendenhall Loop Road. After a mile and a half, turn right on Montana Creek Road. Continue another half mile on to Skater's Cabin Road. Skater's Cabin is on the right side of the road.

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