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Interior of Public Use Cabin

Pasagshak River State Recreation Site

Pasersaq Cabin

Pasersaq Cabin exterior
Pasersaq Cabin interior
Pasersaq Cabin
Pasersaq Cabin

Cabin Specifications

★ Minimum Occupancy: 1 Guest
★ Maximum Occupancy: 8 Guests
★ Site Access Method: Drive-in
★ Stay Limit: 5 Consecutive Nights
★ Check-in/out Time: 12:00pm
★ Pets Allowed: Yes**
★ Fees: (see fee page)
★ Cabin Dimensions: 14' x 16'
★ Heating Method: Wood stove


★ Fire Ring
★ Picnic Table
★ Outhouse
★ Wooden Bunks
★ Benches
★ Loft
★ Dining Table

This public use cabin is located between milepost 7 and 8 on the Pasagshak Road across the highway from Lake Rose Tead. The cabin is about a mile before the Pasagshak River State Recreation Site day use and camping area at the river mouth.

The cabin has 4 bunks, a loft, and is heated by wood stove. Wood is not provided. A small gravel parking area by the cabin can accommodate about two vehicles. This access and parking area will not be regularly plowed, so snow and ice may limit vehicle access to this site in winter months.

The cabin and outhouse were built to ADA specifications, but the trail to the outhouse wasn't finished to a full ADA grade before ground freeze in 2022. Planning is underway to bring this trail to full ADA in spring of 2023.

The Pasagshak area is popular for hiking, hunting, fishing, surfing, whale watching, birding, photography, kayaking, and camping. The cabin front porch faces Shaft Peak where mountain goats and Sitka black-tailed deer can often be seen in the alpine with binoculars from the cabin porch. The Pasagshak River across the highway from the cabin is usually a great salmon fishing destination from June until October.

The cabin site is part of Pasagshak River State Rec Site but is surrounded by general state lands open to public use. The general state lands surrounding the cabin site are open to public access but are part of a grazing lease. Any gates opened for access, including the gate to access the cabin site, need to be closed immediately to keep the cattle from getting out of their grazing enclosures.

Pasersaq, is the Alutiiq word for Pasagshak. This cabin name was selected by the Citizens Advisory Board in consultation with local tribes and the Alutiiq Museum.

The Pasersaq cabin is about an hour drive from the city of Kodiak, on the left-hand side of the Pasagshak Highway, about a half mile past the Lake Rose Tead turnpike crossing. Between mile posts 7 and 8. If you reach the Pasagshak River State Rec Site parking lot at the river mouth, you've gone too far.

N57° 28' 45" W152° 26' 60"

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

Primary heat source at the cabin is woodstove. Plan to bring your own firewood or cut and collect driftwood from beaches or down trees. Limited wood available in area. Only dead and down wood should be cut. Do not cut down trees.

Pallet burning is prohibited.

The water can be collected in the nearby lake or small streams. Water must be treated or boiled.

Average temperatures in the summer are in the 50's and 60's. The coastal climate is cool, and high average rainfall of 60-90 inches creates a wet environment. Have warm clothing and quality rain gear, inclement weather can occur quickly and last for days. Winter snow conditions vary from wet and snowy to cold and clear.

Check for Availability on Reserve America

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