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Kachemak Bay

China Poot Cabin

China Poot Cabin

Cabin Specifications

★ Minimum Occupancy: 1 Guest
★ Maximum Occupancy: 6 Guests
★ Site Access Method: Air taxis are available, marine trailhead access
★ Stay Limit: 7 Nights
★ Check-in/out Time: 12:00pm
★ Pets Allowed: Yes*
★ Fees: (see fee page)
★ Cabin Dimensions: 16' x 16'
★ Heating Method: Wood Stove (Bring your own wood)


★ Fire Ring
★ Outdoor Bench
★ Table with Bench
★ Two double bunks
★ Splitting Axe
★ Hand Saw

5/30/23 NOTICE: Currently snow melt has accelerated with higher than normal water levels when crossing the flooded area on the China Poot Lake Trail. Currently the flooded area is 700ft wide with places that are 2 ft deep with soft, mucky, and rooty bottom. Hip waders are strongly recommended. Use caution if crossing. There is a new log bridge located up stream from where the existing trail meets the flooded area that crosses the main channel only. China Poot Lake Cabin is not in the flooded area but might not be accessible by foot for some users until the water levels lower. The China Poot Lake Trail is accessible by float plane.

China Poot Lake Cabin is located on the shores of scenic China Poot Lake also known as Leisure Lake. China Poot Lake is approximately 2.4 miles from the Halibut Cove Lagoon trailhead. Special park attractions include Poot Peak, China Poot Bay, Halibut Cove Lagoon, and China Poot (Leisure) Lake.

China Poot Lake Cabin offers a host of recreational opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast. Fishing, boating, kayaking, and hiking just to name a few. You will have the opportunity to observe sea otters, seals, porpoise and whales. Land mammals include moose, black bear, mountain goats, coyotes and wolves. Bird watching is another favorite pastime; species include eagles, gyrfalcons and puffins.

On the East shore of China Poot Lake, approximately 13 air miles from Homer and approximately 2.4 trail miles from Halibut Cove Lagoon trailheads. Air taxis are available for fly-ins directly to the cabin and water taxis are available for marine trailhead access. There is no dock facility at the cabin. A short 300-foot trail connects the cabin to the China Poot Lake Trail 0.2 miles north of the China Poot Lake Campsite. The cabin trail is signed at the junction.

GPS: N59 32.541 W151 11.950

Special Notes:
* Pets must be kept on a leash as there are bears and other hikers in the area.

Water out of the creek must be treated.

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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 reservation call center at 1-844-351-9733 9am-5pm..

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
DNR Public Information Center:
(907) 269-8400
DPOR Director's Office:
(907) 269-8700