Pole Creek Cabin

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

outside view of pole creek cabin

Pole Creek Cabin is unique in not only its quiet end-of-the-road location, but that it is also located along both a winter snowmobile trail and within the Pole Creek Cross Country Ski Area trail system. In the spring the area is full of wildflowers and wildlife to view and in the fall it would make an ideal hunting camp.

The cabin was built in the mid-1950s by the E-La-Ka-Wee boy scouts for a summer camp retreat. In the early 1990s the cabin was refurbished and used as a winter snowmobile and ski warming hut.

outside view of pole creek cabin view of kitchen inside pole creek cabin view of living area of pole creek cabin

At a Glance

Current Conditions: No water or trash collection
Operational Hours: Checkin/Checkout time is 12pm.
Reservations: Cabin can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line.
Fees $35 per night.
Permit Info: Entry is by combination lock: contact the Ranger District at (307) 684-7806 during business hours (Monday-Friday 8:00AM-4:30PM) for the combination.
Open Season: January
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: 14 day stay limit, cabin sleeps 4 people
Closest Towns: Buffalo, WY
Water: No - bring potable water
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Renters must leave the cabin clean for the next visitor, Powder River Ranger District

General Information


From Buffalo, WY, take Hwy 16 west 22 miles. Turn right on Forest System Road (FSR) 456 and travel approximately 1 mile to a large open meadow. The cabin is situated on the west side of the road, back in the trees 50 yards and can be hard to spot from FSR 456. Vehicles must be parked along the timber edge in front of the buck-and-rail wooden fence.  

Winter access is possible from the Nordic Ski area parking lot at Forest System Road (FSR) 473 and Hwy 16, but only by cross country skis or snowmobiles.

General Notes:
  • There is no potable water at the cabin; renters must bring their own water.
  • The only heat in the cabin is by wood stove. Fall and winter renters should bring wood with them to the cabin, just in case the last renters used all the firewood.
  • A picnic table and fire ring is located by the cabin.
  • There is no house keeper, so all renters are to clean the cabin before they leave. Green cleaning supplies are located in the kitchen.
  • There is no indoor plumbing; there is an outhouse near the cabin.
  • The cabin sleeps up to four people.
  • The cabin is locked, so renters must call our office 307-684-7806 between, 8 to 4:30 Monday through Friday to get the combination for the lock.
  • The cabin is available year round; however, rentals are limited to 14 consecutive days.
  • Bears may frequent the area;  keep all food out of sight in approved containers or lock inside your vehicle and remove all food from the area after eating.

What renters need to bring:

  • Water
  • Bedding
  • Cookstove
  • Cooking and eating utensils (the nearest grocery store is in Buffalo 25 miles)
  • Trash bags - Pack it in and out. No trash service at the cabin.
  • Matches
  • First-aid kit
  • Firewood

Provided at the cabin:

  • Beds (two twin bunk bed sets)
  • Kitchen table with chairs
  • Coleman Lantern (Fuel not provided)
  • Wood stove (bring firewood just in case there is none on site). Instructions for the woodstove are posted.
  • Carbon monoxide alarm, fire alarms, and fire extinguisher
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Snow shovel 


Visitors must park along the edge of the timber and walk into the cabin approximately 50 yards.

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Reservation Info This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line.
Maximum Number of People Cabin sleeps up to 6 people.
Reservation required?: Y
Rental info: Must call to get combo for lock, 307-684-7806.


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