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Interior of Public Use Cabin

Chena River State Recreation Area

Nugget Creek Cabin

Nugget Creek Cabin Exterior
Nugget Creek Cabin Interior

Cabin Specifications

★ Minimum Occupancy: 1 Guest
★ Maximum Occupancy: 3 Guests
★ Site Access Method: Summer - ATV, Hiking, Biking; Winter - Ski, Snowshoe, Snowmachine, Dog Team
★ Stay Limit: 5 Nights
★ Check-in/out Time: 12:00pm
★ Pets Allowed: Yes**
★ Fees: (see fee page)
★ Cabin Dimensions: 10' x 12'
★ Heating Method: Wood Stove (Bring your own)


★ Fire Ring
★ Picnic Table
★ Wood Stove
★ Table and Seats
★ Broom and Ash Scoop
★ Saw and Axe

Nugget Creek cabin is one of five backcountry cabins located in the Chena Recreation area. This cozy log cabin offers 3 platform bunks and sits above the South Fork of the Chena River. Formerly a miner’s cabin, Nugget Creek has that "authentic" Alaskan cabin appeal.

Summer Access: The 31.4-mile trail access is not appropriate for summer use. However, there is summer access to the cabin at mile 36.4 across the Chena Hot Springs Road from the entrance to the shooting range. The 5.4-mile Mist Creek Trail is for the more experienced and hardy adventurer. Marked by green and black diamonds, the hiker must cross the Chena River, then traverse his way through 0.25 miles of swampy lowland. Then, start climbing up the ridge line until the top is reached, at approximately 2.3 miles. The view is spectacular and intersects with an old dozer trail headed down the mountain and south toward the cabin. This trail is not regularly maintained or marked with green and black diamond markers from the halfway mark.

Winter Access: by snowmachine, dog team, skis, or snowshoes. The 7 mile trail is marked with green diamonds starting at the Chena River. As you enter onto the river, travel west (right) approximately 1/4 mile on the far bank the trail is marked with a green trail marker. The trail winds back along the bank upstream before leaving the river. There is often thin ice or open water, even in late winter, so use caution.

GPS: W 146°30.829' N 64°50.506'

Special Notes:

WINTER ACCESS ALERT: Most years, the Chena River does not freeze well enough to cross until mid December. Call the parks office at 451-2695 for current river conditions or check alaskastateparks.org for a trail report for the Chena River State Recreation Area.

** Pets must be under control at all times and you are responsible for cleaning up your pet’s waste.

Pack out everything you pack in.

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Important Info

Once you make a reservation, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from Reserve America with important information about the cabin. Print out this confirmation e-mail and bring it with you to the cabin. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail within 24 hours of making the reservation, please contact the DNR Public Information Center at (907) 269-8400.

Remember that these cabins are not hotels. Always be prepared! Be sure to bring:

  • Sleeping bag and pad or air mattress
  • Food
  • Cookware, dishes, utensils
  • Cooking stove and fuel
  • Matches, lighters, paper fire starter
  • 9-volt battery for smoke detectors
  • First aid items
  • Plastic trash bags
  • Jug of water
  • Saw or ax, just in case
  • Firewood
  • Flashlight
  • Lantern and fuel

Mission Statement

"The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation provides outdoor recreation opportunities and conserves and interprets natural, cultural, and historic resources for the use, enjoyment, and welfare of the people."

Accessibility Notice

Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Atwood Building
550 West 7th Avenue
Suite 1380
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 269-8700
Fax: (907) 269-8907