Special Places

What to do, where to go, what to see.

The Chugach is full of special places, from the Kenai Peninsula to Prince William Sound, to the eastern shores of the Copper River Delta. We are pleased to highlight a number of different and interesting spots.

Highlighted Areas

Goose Bay Cabin

Goose Bay Cabin is open and reservations can be made at recreation.gov for the newly reconstructed Goose Bay Cabin in Prince William Sound.

The Forest Service closed the original cabin in 2012 after it was irreparably damaged by extreme snow loading. The new A-frame cabin sits just yards away from a pristine inlet in Goose Bay and is accessible by boat or seaplane. It was designed to withstand heavy snow loads and other extreme environmental conditions.

Goose Bay Cabin is a great place for recreation, relaxation and sightseeing on Prince William Sound. This is a prime spot for winter recreationists, but a variety of activities are offered throughout the year for backcountry enthusiasts. This remote site can be accessed by a 45-minute float plane trip from Anchorage or a boat ride from Whittier, depending on conditions. In mid-November, the bay freezes over, making transportation to the cabin a challenge. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.


The A-frame cabin sleeps six and comes equipped with wooden bunks, a table, benches, a kerosene heater and an outside pit toilet. At low tide, guests may have to walk through some mud to get to the ramp from the water. Guests need to bring their own supply of drinking water, as well as heater fuel (Users must supply their own kerosene. 1 gallon will last for ~ 8 hours). Items such as a cook stove, lanterns or flashlights, bedding, sleeping pads, cooking gear, garbage bags and toilet paper are not provided. All trash must be packed out, and guests are expected to clean the cabin before departure.

Portage Glacier & Portage Valley

Welcome to the land of ice & rock...

Portage Valley is a 14 mile isthmus that connects the Kenai Peninsula to mainland Alaska. Portage Glacier once extended the entire length of the valley. The glacial remnants seen today are Explorer, Middle, Byron, Burns, and Shakespeare glaciers. While still massive in size, these glaciers stand as smaller reminders of the immense ice sheets that once covered this landscape.

Spencer Bench Cabin

The newest cabin on the Chugach National Forest, located at 1,900' elevation overlooking Spencer Glacier.  Alpine meadows just above cabin offer excellent off-trail exploring; nearby creek for water.  15' x 17' trapper-style cabin with wooden bunks (no mattresses), table, counter, kerosene heater, fire extinquisher, and separate outhouse.  Bring cook stove, cooking utensils and all items you'll need to be comfortable, including during the hike up 1,800' over 5 miles, from the Spencer Whistle Stop Train station. 

Glacier Discovery Train: 2021 scheduled service Anchorage to Whittier, May 15 & 22, 2021; Anchorage to Whittier & Spencer Glacier, May 29 - June 4, 2021; Full route, June 5 – September 6, 2021 https://www.alaskarailroad.com/ride-a-train/schedules 

Alaska Railroad Spencer Bench Cabin rentals season -  June 1 - September 11, 2022 dates

Recreation.gov rental for September 12, 2022 - May 31, 2023 dates

Recreation Areas