Public Lake Cabins of Alaska

Barber Cabin

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Barber Cabin offers a remote lodging experience on the Eastern Kenai Peninsula of south-central Alaska. The rustic cabin has few amenities, but provides access to the great outdoors and a scenic mountain lake. There is great fishing in Lower Russian Lake, and hiking and biking trails abound. Wildlife viewing is good in the area as well, though visitors should watch out for bears.
The cabin can be accessed by hiking, biking, skiing, horseback or floatplanes.


The accessible log cabin has bunk space for six and a maximum occupancy of eight people. It is equipped with counter space, table, benches and a wood stove for heat. A splitting maul and hand saw are available. An outhouse is also provided.

There is no electricity, potable water, mattresses, bedding, cooking utensils or cut firewood at the cabin. Visitors should bring sleeping bags and pads, a cook stove, cooking gear and food. Water taken from the lake should be treated or boiled before consumption.


Barber Cabin is located off of the Russian Lakes Trail and is 3.4 miles from the trailhead at Russian River Campground. Turn onto Barber Cabin spur trail at mile 2.5.

The route in winter is 4.2 miles long and follows the Russian River Campground entrance road, the summer trail for 1.8 miles, then a marked winter route and across the frozen surface of Lower Russian Lake.

Cabin can be accessed by hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, skiing, and float plane.

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