Cabin Descriptions - Northern Area




Chena River State Recreation Area (near Fairbanks)

The Chena River State Recreation Area is located 26 miles east of Fairbanks in the hills of the upper Chena Valley. Its 254,000 acres cover the bottom of the valley to the tops of the ridges - and beyond - along a winding stretch of the Chena River.

Furnishings for the roadside cabins (Chena River Cabin, Hunt Memorial Cabin, and North Fork Cabin) include plywood sleeping platforms, a kitchen counter, shelves, table and benches, wood stove, fire extinguisher, and an outdoor latrine.

Furnishings for the backcountry cabins (Colorado Creek Cabin, Upper Angel Creek Cabin, Lower Angel Creek Cabin, Stiles Creek Cabin and Nugget Creek Cabin) include plywood sleeping platforms, a kitchen counter, shelves, table and benches, wood stove, and an outdoor latrine. A bow saw, ax, and broom are also provided.  Firewood is not provided and can be hard to find at some cabins, so gather dead and down wood on your way in.

Alaska State Parks makes an effort to inform the public that we make no guarantees regarding the condition and/or presence of the items mentioned above, and we appreciate being informed of any issues associated with the condition of the cabin and accommodations provided.

North Fork Cabin The weather in the interior of Alaska is quite different from other regions. An average temperature during the summer may be 70° to 80°, but during the winter months temperatures range from -40° to 15°.

Summer activities include boating, fishing for Arctic grayling, hiking and berry picking opportunities. There are designated trails for horses and all terrain vehicles. Dog mushing, snowmachining, trapping, and cross country skiing are but a few of the opportunities available in the winter season.

Moose are frequently spotted in the recreation area; as well as eagles, hawks, owls, beaver, porcupine and other small mammals. Other occasional wildlife sightings include black and grizzly bears, wolves, coyote and lynx. Please report any threatening animal behavior to park staff.

Alaska State Parks will no longer be stocking firewood at the three road accessible public use cabins in Chena River State Recreation Area. The three cabins are: the Chena River Cabin at mile 32.2 Chena Hot Springs Road (CHSR); the Hunt Memorial Cabin at mile 42.3 CHSR; and the North Fork Cabin at 47.8 mile CHSR.

  • North Fork Cabin (20' X 24') North Fork Cabin

    Sleeps 8 (maximum 8) with a maximum stay of 5 nights per month. $60 per night. This cabin has road access year-round. It is located at Mile 47.7 of the Chena Hot Springs Road. Bring your own supply of firewood. The river is nearby for a water source, or renters can bring their own water. The combination to the locks on the gate and door is provided when the cabin is rented. YouTube Cabin Video \ North Fork Cabin Fact Sheet and Map (pdf)

  • Hunt Memorial Cabin (16' X 24') Hunt Memorial Cabin

    Sleeps 6 (maximum 6). $60 per night with a maximum stay of 5 nights per month. This cabin has road access year-round. It is located at Mile 42.3 of the Chena Hot Springs Road just before Red Squirrel Campground. Relax on the front porch and gaze out on the Chena River or fish in the crystal clear water for hungry grayling. Bring your own supply of firewood. The combination to the locks on the gate and door is provided when the cabin is rented. YouTube Cabin Video \ Hunt Memorial Cabin Fact Sheet and Map (pdf)

  • Chena River Cabin (20' X 24')
    Chena River Cabin

    Sleeps 9 (maximum 9) with a maximum stay of 5 nights per month. This cabin can be accessed year-round, by road or river. $60 per night. Located at Mile 32.2 Chena Hot Springs Road, this new, large, log cabin is nestled in amongst large spruce and birch trees. The Chena River PUC is designed to accommodate visitors who need extra accessibility. Bring your own supply of firewood. Visitors should anticipate some snow removal to make the facility fully accessible in the winter. The front porch has ramp access and there is a ramp to the accessibly-designed outhouse. The cabin looks out on the Chena River, with a large 8' porch and a short trail leading to a large gravel river bar. YouTube Cabin Video \ Chena River Cabin Fact Sheet and Map (pdf)

  • Colorado Creek Cabin (12' X 16')
    Colorado Creek Cabin ACCESS ALERT:  The 5.8 mile Colorado Creek Trail is extremely wet and not available for summer use.  This is a winter route to the cabin.  During summer use, access the cabin by the Compeau Trail located at 29.8 mile Chena Hot Springs Road.  Take the Compeau Trail to the dozer line and proceed east numerous miles until you see signage indicating access to the Colorado Cabin, taking the trail south down to the cabin.

    Note: This trail is closed each spring during break-up from April 20 through May 22. For more information and trail openings contact the Northern Area office at 451-2698.

    Sleeps 4 (maximum 4). $35 per night with a maximum stay of 5 nights per month. Winter access: by snowmachine, dog team, skis, or snowshoe. Access the cabin at 31.6 Chena Hot Springs Road. Summer access: by 4 wheeler, or other approved travel mode appropriate for the season, at the Compeau Trail head at 29.8 mile Chena Hot Springs Road. Follow blue and black diamonds at the Compeau Trail and blue diamonds on the winter use trail at 31.6 mile. Hikers can access both trails, however, the winter trail is extremely wet during the summer. YouTube Cabin Video \ Colorado Creek Cabin Fact Sheet and Map (pdf) GPS 06-516-393E, 72-05-004N.

  • Upper Angel Creek Cabin (12' X 16')
    Upper Angel Creek PUCSleeps 5 (maximum 5). $35 per night with a maximum stay of 5 nights per month. Winter access: by snowmachine, dog team, skis, or snowshoe. The trailhead is located at 50.5 mile Chena Hot Springs Road. Two trails take you to the cabin. The most direct route is via Angel Creek Trail. This winter only route is 6.7 miles long and follows the valley floor. The other route is the year-round Angel Creek Hillside Trail that climbs out of the valley and follows the hillside for 11 miles before descending to the cabin. Summer access: Note: The new re-route (Angel Creek Hillside Trail) providing summer access to the Upper and Lower Angel Creek cabins is closed each spring during break-up from April 20 through May 22. For more information and trail openings contact the Northern Area office at 451-2698. Hikers may use the lowlands, however the trail is extremely wet and not advised. The water supply is seasonally available from snow and/or creek. YouTube Cabin Video \ Angel Creek Cabins Fact Sheet and Map (pdf) GPS 06-531-902E, 72-12-129N.

  • Lower Angel Creek Cabin (20' X 24')
    Lower Angel Creek Cabin Sleeps 9. $35 per night with a maximum stay of 5 nights per month. Winter access: by snow machine, dog team, skis, bike, or snowshoes. The trailhead is located at 50.5 mile Chena Hot Springs Road. Two trails take you to the cabin. The most direct route is via Angel Creek Trail. This winter only route is three miles long and follows the valley floor. The other route is the year-round Angel Creek Hillside Trail that climbs out of the valley and follows the hillside for 5 ½ miles before descending to the cabin. The summer access provides motorized access to both the Upper and Lower Angel Creek cabins. This multi-use trail closes each spring during break-up from April 20 through May 22.. For more information and trail openings contact the Northern Area office at 451-2698. Only foot traffic is allowed during break-up. Water is seasonally available from snow or Angel Creek. YouTube Cabin Video \ Angel Creek Cabins Fact Sheet and Map (pdf)

  • Stiles Creek Cabin (12' X 14')
    Stiles Creek Cabin WINTER ACCESS ALERT: Alaska State Parks recommends the Mile 31.6 trailhead for winter access to the Stiles Creek cabin due to difficult trail conditions. The trail from the Mile 36.4 trailhead experiences frequent winter wind events resulting in windswept and heavily drifted trail conditions.

    Sleeps 6 (maximum 6) with a maximum stay of 5 nights per month. Stiles Creek Trail is closed to all but foot traffic during spring break-up (from April 20 through May 22). $35 per night. Located about mid-way on a 15 mile loop ridge trail, this cabin can be reached year-round, using the trail travel mode appropriate for the season. For summer access, follow the red trail markers for the Stiles Creek Trail from the trailhead at either Mile 31.6 or Mile 36.4 Chena Hot Springs Road. Rebuilt in 1998, it has a nice view of the Chena River valley, from its 4' porch. The cozy log cabin offers a sleeping platform on the main floor and a half-loft sleeping area above. YouTube Cabin Video \ Stiles Creek Cabin Fact Sheet and Map (pdf) GPS W146 28.056, N64 57.917' NAD83.

  • Nugget Creek Cabin (10' X 12')
    The trailhead is located on the south side of 31.4 mile Chena Hot Springs Road. $35 per night with a maximum stay of 5 nights per month. 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 approximately 0.5 miles until at the green marker, noting the trail, you cross the river. There is often thin ice or open water, even in late winter, so use caution. 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.

    Nugget Creek CabinSleeps 3 (maximum 3). This cozy log cabin offers 3 platform bunks and sits above the South Fork of the Chena River with a maximum stay of 5 nights per month.
    YouTube Cabin Video \ Nugget Creek Cabin Fact Sheet and Map (pdf) GPS 06-523-681E, 71-90-744N.




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Twin Bears Camp, in Chena River State Recreation Area

Twin Bears Camp is a state park facility available for rent by any individual or group. The camp is located at milepost 30 on the Chena Hot Springs Road, about 35 miles east of Fairbanks. It is on a small, secluded lake in a rustic, woodland setting within the Chena River State Recreation Area. Twin Bears Camp is operated by the Fairbanks Rescue Mission under permit with the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation.

The camp features twelve rustic cabins with sleeping platforms for 6 to 8 each, and two insulated handicap-accessible buildings (25'x40') with heat, lights and cooking facilities. In summer, hot and cold running water and electricity are available, enabling a full-service kitchen, shower houses, and laundry. There is also a volleyball court, horseshoe pit, basketball hoop, baseball field, and group fire ring with picnic tables at the pond's edge. In winter, woodstoves provide heat, propane fuels lights and cooking burners, and mattresses on the floor provide sleeping space. A five-kilometer cross-country ski trail loop is available, and snowmobilers have easy access to the nearby Chena Hot Springs Winter Trail and connecting trails.

Reservations may be made by writing or calling the Twin Bears Association (address and phone number listed below). Camp facilities may be occupied from noon of the first day reserved to noon of the last day reserved. Discounts are available for groups who do volunteer work at the camp. The entire camp can be rented, or the mess hall or the recreation hall can be rented individually during the year as public use cabins. See information below.

Services and Rates:

Primitive: recreation hall with propane and cabins, no power or water: $10/person/night ($100 minimum)
Basic: all buildings and propane, no power or water: $12/person/night (($120 minimum)
Deluxe: all buildings, water, power and propane: $14/person/night ($140 minimum)

A $50 reservation/maintenance deposit is due within 10 days of making a reservation. This fee will be returned or credited to user fees if the camp is left in the condition it was found. There is a cancellation policy.

Twin Bears Camp
P. O. Box 73250
Fairbanks, AK 99707-3250
Phone: (907) 452-5343
Fax: 451-7058




Birch Lake State Recreation Site (near Fairbanks)

Birch Lake Shore Line

This facility is nestled between the lily pad-covered lake and forested wetlands. There are 17 long parking spaces for vehicle with trailers, or motor homes. There are 8 tent camping sites and additional tables, fireplaces, and sitting benches for day use.

Birch Lake has a developed boat launch and boat tie-ups, drinking water well, toilet, and caretaker/public use cabin. Birch Lake Cabin
Cabin furnishings include plywood sleeping platforms, a kitchen counter, shelves, table and benches, wood stove, fire extinguisher, and an outdoor latrine. Firewood is not provided and can be hard to find at some cabins, so gather dead and down wood on your way in.

Alaska State Parks makes an effort to inform the public that we make no guarantees regarding the condition and/or presence of the items mentioned above, and we appreciate being informed of any issues associated with the condition of the cabin and accommodations provided.

The lake is popular with fishers, jet-skiers, and water skiers in the summer, and with snowmachiners and ice fishers in the winter. There is excellent fishing all year for stocked species: rainbow trout, king and silver salmon, grayling and arctic char. Fishing during the open water months is best from a boat. Ice fishing huts are available for rent, usually between November and April.

During the winter months, State Parks offers day use ice fishing huts for rent.

The road to the lake (ice fishing huts) and the cabin is not plowed in the winter, so a 4-wheel-drive is advisable. It is only a couple hundred feet from the plowed access road to the lake and cabin.

  • Birch Lake Cabin (16' X 20')

    Sleeps 6 (maximum 6). $45 per night with a maximum stay of 5 nights per month. The cabin is available for rent between September 16 and May 1. The log cabin offers a 2-person sleeping platform on the main floor and a half-loft sleeping area above. There is a wood-burning stove, table and benches, and a counter with cabinets. Covered porches are on the front and rear of the cabin.
    Birch Lake Cabin Fact Sheet and Map (pdf)




Salcha River State Recreation Site (near Fairbanks)

Salcha River Cabin

Salcha River SRS is 40 miles southeast of Fairbanks just off the Richardson Highway and next to the Salcha River. Winter activities include snowmachining up or down the river (when frozen) and cross country skiing. Its location makes it a great get-away from Fairbanks.

Cabin furnishings include plywood sleeping platforms, a kitchen counter, shelves, table and benches, wood stove, fire extinguisher, and an outdoor latrine. Firewood is not provided and can be hard to find at some cabins, so gather dead and down wood on your way in. For water, renters need to melt snow in the winter, or use the river. Please be sure to purify the water.

Alaska State Parks makes an effort to inform the public that we make no guarantees regarding the condition and/or presence of the items mentioned above, and we appreciate being informed of any issues associated with the condition of the cabin and accommodations provided.

  • Salcha River Cabin (12' X 14')

    Sleeps 3 (maximum 3) with a maximum stay of 3 consecutive nights. $35 per night. The cabin is used by volunteers in the summer and is not available to the public for rent from May 1 to September 30. The cabin is accessible by highway vehicle until snows get too deep, then it is a 400 yard unplowed road to cabin. Salcha River Cabin Fact Sheet and Map (pdf)



Quartz Lake State Recreation Area (near Delta Junction)

Glatfelder Cabin

Quartz Lake SRA is known for its excellent sport fishing and often attracts large crowds. Rainbow trout, silver salmon and arctic char are stocked in Quartz Lake. Nearby Lost Lake is stocked on an annual basis with catchable size rainbow trout. The fish might not survive the winter, though. It's a favorite spot for those who want to avoid the crowds. A variety of hiking trails and boating opportunities are available in this area. Bears are a hazard in back country travel. Please take the necessary precautions and report any threatening animal behavior to state park staff.

Cabin furnishings include plywood sleeping platforms, a kitchen counter, shelves, table and benches, wood stove, fire extinguisher, and an outdoor latrine. Firewood is not provided and can be hard to find at some cabins, so gather dead and down wood on your way in.  Quartz Lake SRA cabins do not have firewood or a woodshed. For water, renters must bring their own, or purify lake water or snow.

Alaska State Parks makes an effort to inform the public that we make no guarantees regarding the condition and/or presence of the items mentioned above, and we appreciate being informed of any issues associated with the condition of the cabin and accommodations provided.

During the winter months, State Parks offers day use ice fishing huts for rent. Call the Fairbanks office or the DNR Public Information Center for more information.

  • Quartz Lake Cabin (20' X 24') New Quartz Lake Cabin

    Sleeps 6 with a maximum stay of 3 consecutive nights. $35 per night. This cabin is on the south side of the Quartz Lake parking lot and can be driven to year-round. The road into the recreation area is steep near the cabin, so please use caution. The cabin is used by volunteers in the summer and is not available to the public for rent from May 1st to September 30th. Quartz Lake Cabin Fact Sheet and Map (pdf)

  • Glatfelder Cabin (15' X 20')

    Sleeps 4 (maximum 4) with a maximum stay of 3 consecutive nights. $35 per night. The cabin is a half mile walk from the campground and is accessible by boat in the summer. In the winter, the cabin may be accessed by snowmachine or skiing from the frozen lake, or by walking. The road into the recreation area is steep, so please use caution. Tire chains or 4-wheel drive is recommended in the winter. This cabin is available to rent year round.
    Glatfelder Cabin Fact Sheet and Map (pdf)



Fielding Lake State Recreation Site (near Delta Junction)

Fielding Lake Cabin

Fielding Lake is nestled among tundra covered hills within the Alaska Range in the Interior. This large lake has excellent fishing. Other summer activities include wildlife viewing and hiking. Winter activities include ice fishing and all kinds of snow activities. Access to the park is at Mile 200.5 of the Richardson Highway. Facilities include a small campground, latrine, and boat launch. Please respect the private property adjacent to the park.

The Fielding Lake area is subject to high winds and blizzard conditions in the winter, so use caution and be weather aware. The elevation of the park unit is 2,973 feet, so be prepared for chilly nights, particularly in the winter. Winter ice on the lake often remains until July.

The road to the park from the Richardson Why. is not plowed during the winter. From late spring to late fall, the cabin is accessible by road. Otherwise, cabin users must park on the highway and travel 1.5 miles to the lake. Travel can be by snowmachine, dog team, skis, or snowshoe.

Cabin furnishings include plywood sleeping platforms, a kitchen counter, shelves, table and benches, wood stove, fire extinguisher, and an outdoor latrine. Firewood is not provided and can be hard to find at this cabins.  Fielding Lake Cabin does not have firewood or a woodshed. For water, renters must bring their own, or purify lake water or snow.

Alaska State Parks makes an effort to inform the public that we make no guarantees regarding the condition and/or presence of the items mentioned above, and we appreciate being informed of any issues associated with the condition of the cabin and accommodations provided. 

  • Fielding Lake Cabin (12' X 14')

    Sleeps 6 (maximum 6) with a maximum stay of 3 consecutive nights. $45 per night. Water supply is from snow, lake, or the stream. Please purify the water before using. Firewood is scarce in this high mountain valley, so bring in at least one day's supply.

    Fielding Lake Cabin Fact Sheet and Map (pdf)

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