Peterson Lake Cabin

JRD Peterson Lake Cabin

The site can be accessed by float plane or by hiking, snowshoeing or skiing 4.5 miles from the Peterson Lake Trailhead on Glacier Highway. The trail has an elevation gain of 800 feet.

This 12’ x 14’ cabin is pan-abode style and sleeps six people with two single and two double bunks. The cabin also has a table and benches, a broom, a propane furnace, wood stove, an axe and splitting maul. Propane is provided for the furnace. The facility offers an accessible ramp to the cabin, a wider hardened trail connecting the cabin to the new vault toilet and float dock.

A picnic table is provided on the front deck, and a cooler box for food storage is attached to the side of the cabin. A fire ring is located outside. A dock is available for float planes and boats.
Water, firewood and electricity are not provided. Water is available from a nearby stream, but visitors should be sure to treat water before drinking or cooking with it.  It is recommended that visitors bring their own water supply.
Visitors must provide their own sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cooking stove, lanterns or flashlights, cookware, plates, utensils, food, toilet paper, garbage bags, a fire extinguisher and fire starter. Visitors are also expected to pack out trash and clean the cabin before leaving. 

At a Glance

Operational Hours: This cabin is open to public use daily from 10am to 5pm
Reservations: A non-refundable service fee will be added to each reservation by
Fees: $75/night peak season May 1 – September 30
$75/night non-peak season October 1 – April 30
Refunds are not made if inclement weather conditions or other acts of nature beyond the Forest Service control cause the permittee to not use the shelter at the designated time.
Open Season: 01/01
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Juneau, AK
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: Access is via the 4.3-mile Peterson Lake Trail which starts near the 23-mile marker on Glacier Highway. The trail follows an old mining tram route for the first two miles. Trail conditions are rough and muddy. Allow at least 3 hours to hike in with an overnight pack.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Cabin Rentals

This site provides cabin camping on a freshwater lake. Fishing is possible, but not great. In the winter a ski route leads to John Muir Cabin.

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 at

Lake and Pond Fishing

cutthroat trout in lake. Refer to Alaska Department of Fish and Game for regulations. 

Fish Species cutthroat trout
Fishing Method fly, lure


There is a picnic table on the deck of the cabin for outside picnics.

Boating - Non-Motorized

There is a 12' flat bottomed aluminum skiff on the lake tied to a dock near the cabin. Oars are included with the boat for rowing around the lake.
Trailer Parking This is a hike in or fly in cabin and so there is no need for trailers.
Class of rapids There are no rapids on the lake, but white water conditions can occur with high winds.
Type of Craft 12' flat bottom aluminum skiff.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Much of the trail to the cabin is under the forest canopy, so a lot of snow fall is required to adequately cover the trail for skiing.
Warming Shelters Peterson Lake Cabin
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

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700 ft