Mat-Su Public Use Cabins

The Alaska State Parks offers public use cabins at four state parks facilities in the Mat-Su Valley - Kesugi Ken and Byers Lake in Denali State Park, Matanuska Glacier, and Nancy Lakes State Recreation Area.

Public-use cabins are rustic and provide a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Some cabins are accessible from the road system, while other require hiking or even canoeing to get to. The series of cabins in the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area are accessible by canoe with a series of easy portages. In the winter, cabins are accessible via snowmobiles as well. The newest cabins, at Kesugi Ken Campground, feature spectacular views of the Alaska Range in a developed campground, with trails nearby for hiking or skiing in the winter.

Most cabins have a woodstove and bunks but otherwise are not furnished. Users must bring in their own wood for campfires, as well as supplies and sleeping bags. Cabins sleep from two to eight people, depending on location. They are perfect for family camping trips, and they are very affordable.

The cabins are very popular and users should make plans well in advance. Users can reserve cabins online up to seven months in advance by visiting the Alaska State Parks web site.