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Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Interior of Public-Use Cabin

Gulf Coast Area (near Yakataga)

Midtimber Lake Cabin

Midtimber Cabin Exterior

Cabin Specifications

★ Minimum Occupancy: 1 Guest
★ Maximum Occupancy: 8 Guests
★ Site Access Method: Fly in
★ Stay Limit: 7 Nights
★ Check-in/out Time: 12:00pm
★ Pets Allowed: Yes**
★ Fees: (see fee page)
★ Cabin Dimensions: 12' x 8'
★ Heating Method: Oil Stove (#1 Diesel or Kerosene - Bring your own)

Location Map


★ 2 Single Bunks
★ Table and benches
★ Counters for food prep
★ Pit Latrine
★ Outside Bench
★ Bear-Proof food storage box

Midtimber Lake Cabin is located within the Yakataga State Game Refuge. This cabin is perhaps one of the most wild and remote locations within the Alaska Public-Use Cabin System. The Midtimber Lake Cabin is cedar-constructed and has an eight-foot covered porch that doubles as a cooking area. The broad face of the Bering Glacier and the seemingly endless strand of sandy beach along the coast make this area a scenic wonderland.

Midtimber Lake Cabin offers a host of recreational opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast. Backpacking, hiking, kayaking, hunting, and beach access are just a few opportunities available in this area.

The Midtimber Lake Cabin is located on the northwestern end of Midtimber Lake within the Yakataga State Game Refuge. Fishing and Flying and Cordova Air fly regularly in the area and are familiar with landing sites. Float plane landing are possible depending on ice and weather conditions. The natural airstrip adjacent to the USGS Field camp (known as Moose International) is accessible by tundra-tired planes as conditions allow.

GPS: LAT: 60° 04'472.67" N. LON: 143° 21'08.75"

Special Notes:
No cell phone coverage in this area. Satellite phones would be highly desirable for those needing to reach emergency services. Charter aircraft regularly monitor Channel 10 Marine VHF.

** 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.

Bear Care: Bear, both brown and black, inhabit the area along with a variety of wildlife. Precautions should be taken while hiking and staying in the area to avoid an encounter. Midsummer foliage obscures views along the trail and the possibility of surprising a bear or other wildlife is very likely. Making noise and carrying some method of personal protection against bears is advisable.

Weather in this region is subject to extreme and rapid changes. Storm systems developing in the Gulf of Alaska tend to make this an exciting area to experience their full effect. Preparation is the key to enjoying this area in spite of whatever weather or other conditions occur. All surface water needs to be treated prior to drinking. Be aware that the waters of Vitus Lake may be untreatable at certain times of the year due to salt water intruding up the Seal River and causing brackish conditions. Midtimber Lake may have the same brackish conditions due to storm surges, but as of now, the water can 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 axe, 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