Public Use Cabins
Alaska Cabins Project
More than 35 public use cabins set to be built or renovated on Alaska's National Forests.
New cabins are coming to Alaska’s National Forests!
The Alaska Cabins Project, a partnership between the USDA Forest Service and the National Forest Foundation, provides for the repair, reconstruction, and new construction of public-use recreation cabins in the region.
The locations for the first seven of 25 new cabins include three sites on the Chugach National Forest and four on the Tongass National Forest.
- Porcupine Campground in Hope
- Meridian Lake in Seward
- Trail River in Moose Pass (currently under construction)
- Mendenhall Campground in Juneau
- Signal Creek Campground at Ward Lake in Ketchikan
- El Capitan Interpretive Site north of Naukati on Prince of Wales Island
- Anan Bay Cabin near Wrangell (reconstruction)
The remaining 18 locations are going through an assessment and feasibility process before being confirmed. Six to seven new cabins are scheduled for construction annually. In addition, about 10 existing cabins will receive maintenance and repair.
Alaska Cabins Project Status Map
Use the map below to view sites selected for new cabin construction, proposed locations for new cabins and cabins being repaired. You may also view this map directly in your web browser.
What is the Alaska Cabins Project?
The National Forest Foundation and the Forest Service are working in partnership to repair existing cabins and build new cabins on Alaska’s National Forests using funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
The Alaska Region received $14.4 million to be used for repairs, maintenance, construction, and reconstruction for up to 35 recreational public use cabins on the Tongass and Chugach National Forests. The National Forest Foundation is providing up to an additional $3.7 million for the effort.
Some benefits of the project are:
- Supporting local jobs and businesses.
- Utilizing locally sourced wood and other resources.
- Adding to economies in and near Alaska’s two national forests.
A public engagement held in October 2022 aligns the Alaska Cabins Project with the needs and wants of the public. The Alaska Region is working to locate new cabins near communities where high demand exists and for ease of access.
- National Forest Foundation - Alaska Cabins Project webpage
- Tongass National Forest Sustainable Cabin Strategy 2020
- Bipartisan Infrastructure Law & the USDA Forest Service
- Locations confirmed for the first seven of 25 cabins to be built on Alaska’s National Forests - Read this Aug. 1, 2023 news release
- The National Forest Foundation and USDA Forest Service partner in the biggest public-use cabin expansion in 50 years - Read this Aug. 1, 2023 news release from the National Forest Foundation.
- The Alaska Cabin Project welcomes National Forest Foundation as an operational partner - Read this Feb. 9, 2023 news release.
- Building and Renovating Cabins on the Tongass and Chugach National Forests - Read this Feb. 9, 2023 news release from the National Forest Foundation.
- Alaska Region to launch public engagement for Bipartisan Infrastructure Law-funded cabins - Read this Sept. 23, 2022 news release.
- Biden-Harris Administration Invests More Than $37 Million to Improve Recreational Sites and Cabins on National Forests and Grasslands - Read this Sept. 23, 2022 news release.
View all existing Forest Service cabins on the Chugach National Forest.
View all existing Forest Service cabins on the Tongass National Forest.
View and reserve existing cabins on Alaska's National Forests and other public lands.