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Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Interior of Public-Use Cabin

Lower Chatanika State Recreation Area

Olnes Pond Cabin

Olnes Pond Cabin Exterior
Olnes Pond Cabin Interior
Olnes Pond Cabin Interior 2

Cabin Specifications

★ Minimum Occupancy: 1 Guest
★ Maximum Occupancy: 4 Guests
★ Site Access Method: Vehicle
★ Stay Limit: 5 Nights
★ Check-in/out Time: 12:00pm
★ Pets Allowed: Yes**
★ Fees: (see fee page)
★ Cabin Dimensions: 10' x 16'
★ Heating Method: Wood Stove (Bring your own)


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

Amenities include a wood stove, small table, kitchen counter, sleeping platform, and is wired for electricity. Guests will need to provide their own firewood and generator. The cabin is available for reservation September 30th to May 1st. For water, renters need to melt snow in the winter.

The Lower Chatanika State Recreation Area encompasses approximately 400 acres at mile 10.5 of the Elliot Highway. The Lower Chatanika recreation area provides access to the Chatanika River and an abundance of recreational opportunities including: camping, fishing, hiking, berry picking, boating/floating, ATV/Snow machining, Ice Fishing, Dog Sledding, night sky viewing, and cross country skiing to name a few.

Please help keep it neat and attractive for those who will use it after your visit.

This quaint cabin is located at the entrance of Olnes Pond Campground, in the lower Chatanika State Recreation Site. The turn off for the cabin is located at mile 10.5 of the Elliot Highway, approximately 22 miles north of Fairbanks. Follow the access road one mile to the entrance of the Olnes Pond State Campground. The cabin is located on the right as you enter the campground.

GPS: 65°4'37"N, 147°44'38"W

Special Notes:

The Alyeska gate and road, south of the park, accesses the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Right-of way. Security measures for the area require you to have a Right-of way Use Guidelines or RUG. To obtain one call Alyeska Pipeline Security at (907)450-5707.

** 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

This cabin has a combination lock on the door. Once you make a reservation, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from Reserve America with important information about the cabin, including a combination for the door lock. 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