• The Slaven's beach on the Yukon River

    Yukon - Charley Rivers

    National Preserve Alaska

Public Use Cabins

A Coal Creek Camp cabin viewed through golden aspen leaves of fall.

NPS/Josh Spice

Take yourself back in time with a stay in one of the seven public use cabins that are available on a first come, first served basis in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. Split some wood and head inside to light a blaze in the wood stove, under the light of an oil lamp. Enjoy the warmth as your gear dries out from a long journey down the mighty Yukon River, whether it be on a recreational float or hunting trip.
Please replace the firewood, but keep the memories.

GPS units should be set at NAD 27 Alaska.

Refer to cabin policies for information on regulations.

 
 
Nation public use cabin
Nation Bluff Cabin
N65º 12' 12.32" W141º 44' 17.61"
Distance from Eagle: 49 mi
How to find it: Downstream from the mouth of the Nation River at the base of Nation Bluff
Sleeps: 1 comfortably or a couple if sharing the bed, 3 max
History: The cabin was built in 1934 by Christopher 'Phonograph' Nelson to support his trapping activities. The National Park Service restored the cabin in 1995 and protected it from wildfires in 1999.
 
Glenn Creek public use cabin with golden leaves of fall
Glenn Creek Cabin
N65º 17' 59.58" W142º 05' 23.65"
Distance from Eagle: 62 mi
How to find it: One-quarter mile down river from the mouth of Glenn Creek on the left bank of the Yukon River.
Sleeps: 3 comfortably, 6 max
History: The cabin was built by Dr. LeFevere of Fairbanks in the 1950's as a hunting cabin.
 
Kandik public use cabin in winter

Kandik River Cabin
N65º 22' 34.08" W142º 30' 46.46"
Distance from Eagle: 77 mi
How to find it: One-quarter mile up the Kandik River on the west bank
Sleeps: 2 comfortably, 5 max
History: The cabin was constructed in 1981, as the Ricketts-Trainor Cabin, in support of a subsistence lifestyle. It was rebuilt in 2010, after being destroyed during the breakup flood of May 2009.

 
Slaven's Roadhouse in fall colors
Slaven's Roadhouse
N65º 21' 01.93" W143º 07' 12.01"
Distance from Eagle: 100 mi
How to find it: Downriver from the mouth of Coal Creek on the left bank of the Yukon
Sleeps: 12 comfortably, 30 max
History: The cabin was built in 1932 by Frank Slaven, Sandy Johnson, Alfred Johnson, Arthur Reynolds, and Ed Brown. This historic roadhouse was restored in 1993 and is now used as a public use facility, volunteer residence, and 'dog drop' along the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race route.
 
Slaven's public use cabin in fall
Slaven's Public Use Cabin
Distance from Eagle: 100 mi
How to find it: 100 yards from Slaven's Roadhouse along the upper trail to Coal Creek Camp
Sleeps: 4 comfortably, 8 max
History: The National Park Service built the cabin in 1993 for public use.
 
Coal Creek public use cabin
Coal Creek Camp
Distance from Eagle: 100 mi by river, 4 mi by two-track trail from Slaven's Roadhouse
How to find it: Hike a four mile trail to Coal Creek Camp from Slaven's Roadhouse or fly into the Coal Creek airstrip
Sleeps: 2 comfortably, 4 max
History: This historic mining camp was built in the early 1930s to support gold dredging operations. The National Park Service completed restoration of the camp in 1999, and it is now used as a summer operations base. There is one designated public use cabin available year round, located on the hillside above the camp.
 
A visitor splits wood in front of the Smith public use cabin
Smith Public Use Cabin
N65° 25' 38.76'' W143°, 33' 16.71''
Distance from Eagle: 114 mi
How to find it: Before the mouth of Eureka Creek on river right, at the start of a shallow side channel as the river turns left.
Sleeps: 3 comfortably, 6 max
History: It was built in 1984 in support of a subsistence life style at the site of the 1920 Ray Bell cabin. After the flood of 1991, it was rebuilt under NPS permit.

Did You Know?

Steam Tractor

The Washington Creek steam tractor was used in an effort to transport coal before it was determined that the coal in Yukon-Charley was too soft to be burned by sternwheelers.