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General Information

Chena River State Recreation Area is a vast park in Alaska that spans approximately 397 square miles and provides a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities. Within this recreation area, there are several public use cabins available for reservation, including Chena River SRA Public Use Cabin #4.

Cabin #4 Specifics

  • Location: Cabin #4 is one of the accessible cabins that require a hike, ski, or snowshoe to reach, depending on the season. Its precise location within the Chena River State Recreation Area would be detailed on the park's map or on the Alaska Department of Natural Resources website.

  • Amenities: Typically, these cabins come with basic amenities like a wood stove for heating, bunks or sleeping platforms, a table, and sometimes an outside toilet (usually a pit latrine). You'll need to bring your own sleeping gear, cooking equipment, and firewood or know how to safely gather it if allowed.

  • Capacity: Public use cabins usually accommodate a fixed number of occupants, often between 4 to 8 guests. Ensure you are aware of the capacity limits when making a reservation.

Access and Transportation

The method of reaching the cabin can vary with the seasons. During the summer, access might involve hiking or biking, and in the winter, skiing, snowshoeing, or using a snowmobile could be necessary. Specifics about the trail length and difficulty level should be researched prior to planning your trip.

Reservations and Fees

  • Reservation System: Cabins in the Chena River SRA are typically reserved through the Alaska State Parks reservation system. It is advisable to make your reservation well in advance, especially during peak seasons, as these cabins can be quite popular.

  • Fees: There is usually a nightly fee for using the cabins, which contributes to their maintenance and upkeep. Be prepared to pay this fee when you make your reservation. Check for the most current pricing as fees can vary.

Rules and Regulations

  • Leave No Trace: Users are generally expected to follow 'Leave No Trace' principles. This means packing out all your trash and leaving the cabin as you found it for the next occupants.

  • Wildlife: The recreation area is home to wildlife such as bears and moose. Store food safely, and be knowledgeable about wildlife safety practices.

Safety Considerations

  • Preparedness: It is crucial to come prepared for diverse and quickly changing weather conditions. Bring proper gear for extreme cold, rain, or other possible weather scenarios, particularly if your visit is during the off-season.

  • Wilderness Skills: Knowledge of basic wilderness skills is advised, including navigation, first aid, and understanding of survival techniques, in case of any unexpected situations.

Additional Tips

  • Local Conditions: Before you go, check for any park alerts or changes in conditions that could affect your stay. This may include fire bans, trail closures, or special wildlife notices.

  • Communication: Cell service can be unreliable or nonexistent in remote areas. Consider bringing a satellite phone or another form of emergency communication if possible.

Always check with the Alaska State Parks website or the relevant park management for the most current information regarding public use cabins, as details can change with time.

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