Swan Lake Cabin

Area Status: Open

A 12 x 14-foot rustic cabin set back from the eastern tip of Swan Lake. Surrounded by spruce/birch forest and meadows with views of the lake and nearby mountains.

This cabin sleeps 6, and has a table, wood stove, splitting maul, crosscut saw, outhouse, and rowboat with oars. 

Not included: running water, electricity, mattresses or bedding, cooking utensils, or cut firewood.

At a Glance

Reservations: Cabin reservations can be madeup to 180 days in advance by calling 1-877-444-6777 (518-885-3639 overseas)  or visiting www.recreation.gov. Cabin reservations (check-in  & check out time) are from noon to noon.
Fees: Per night prices range from $50-75 (2018 prices) depending on season. Cabin fees are based on non-peak/peak season/day. Seasons vary by cabin. A non-refundable service fee will be added to each reservation by Recreation.gov
Restrictions: Resurrection Pass Trial is closed to motorized vehicles from May 1- November 30 and will be closed to motorized vehicles during the 2010-11 winter season. Resurrection Pass Trail is closed to pack/saddle stock from April 1- June 30.

General Information


Swan Lake Cabin is located on the Resurrection Pass Trail 12.8 miles from the south trailhead. It can be accessed by hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, skiing, floatplane, or snowmobile (during open seasons).


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Cabin Rentals

Occupancy of Forest Service cabins is by permit only ($45 per night per party). Reservations may be made up to 180 days in advance by calling 1-877-444-6777 (518-885-3639 overseas) or via internet at www.reserve.com . Maximum stay is 3 consecutive nights from May 15-Aug. 31, and 7 consecutive nights from Sept. 1-May 14.

General Info:


Cabin is on the lakeshore in a grassy area surrounded by spruce birch in rolling hill terrain. Cabin elevation 1,400 feet.

This cabin is in the Resurrection Pass/West Resurrection Pass and alternates between motorized and non-motoroized use annually, from December 1 through April 30, dependent on snow conditions. That is: one year, Resurrection and West Resurrection are motorized from December 1 through April 30; the following year, both units are non-motorized. The December 2008-April 2009 season is non-motorized.


Cabin is on the lakeshore in a grassy area surrounded by spruce birch in rolling hill terrain. Cabin elevation 1,400 feet.

Cabin is next to the Resurrection Pass Trail on the southeast corner of Swan Lake, 13 miles from the south trailhead (Mile 52, Sterling Highway). It is also accessible by floatplane (a 15 minute flight from Cooper Landing or a 30 minute flight from Moose Pass). Refer to USGS map, Seward C8.

Safety Information

Winter travel is relatively safe, but trail may be difficult to follow during/after heavy snowfall, especially between Swan Lake and Resurrection Pass.

Inclement weather changes may cause an unexpected extensin of the trip. Bring extra supplies to last 2-5 days. Bringing a personal cooking stove is recommended. Bring life jackets, the Forest Service does not provide them. Bring initial supply of water. Boil surface water 5 minutes before drinking. Remember to pack out your trash.

You can contact a U.S. Forest Service office to receive more detailed information on safety precautions.

Reservation required?: Y
Permit required?: Y

Lake and Pond Fishing

Rainbow Trout in Swan Lake. See ADF&G regulations.

Ice Fishing

Big Game Hunting

Wildlife includes moose, black and brown bears, caribou, Dall sheep and wolves. Hunting for these species in designated seasons. Review Alaska Department of Fish and Game regulations.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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