State Public Use Cabins are filling up fast

Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2002

As people from all over the world finalize their plans to visit the Kenai Peninsula this summer, Chris Degernes, Alaska State Parks Kenai Area Superintendent, is encouraging local residents to beat the stampede and get their reservations made for the public use cabins that are available on the Peninsula.

Reservations for cabins may be made six months in advance according to Degernes which means bookings are already being made for the end of summer. "There are still some cabins available for May, June, and July dates so the best advice I have for people is to go to the web site, and check out the public use cabin availability. Find when the cabins of interest are available and contact the State Parks office at Morgans Landing at 262-5811 and we'll help you make reservations for a great family outing," said Degernes.

The cabins on the Kenai Peninsula are the most popular cabins within the State Parks system. Those in Kachemak and Resurrection Bay receive one hundred percent occupancy during the summer.

The cabins are rustic and require campers bring their own sleeping bags and cook stove and utensils. "It's like camping in a civilized situation, so on a rainy day you can come in and get a fire going, dry things out, and sit there and watch rain outside instead of crawling into a damp tent," added Degernes.

Drinking water is available at all the cabins but filters and boiling water is recommended. Hiking, boat, or water taxi can reach public use cabins on the Peninsula. It' recommended that campers be in good enough physical condition to hike the 3.5 to 4.5 miles to the cabins and watch the tides because the main access is along the beach at low tide in Resurrection Bay and there are couple of tight spots that are submerged during high tides.

"Actually it provides some privacy and remoteness because in one of the cabins there are tight spots on either side, so you are guaranteed that you aren't going to have any walk through visitors until the tide goes out, so it's a nice sensation to feel you have the whole place to yourself," said Degernes. The cost for most of the cabins is $50 a night.

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