Public Lake Cabins of Alaska

Eagle Glacier Cabin

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Eagle Glacier Cabin is open year-round for outdoor enthusiasts. This remote retreat is tucked into a peaceful lake setting that offers spectacular mountain views and its very own glacier. The site is accessed by hiking or snowshoeing or cross-country skiing 5.5 miles from the Amalga Trailhead off of Glacier Highway.

This cabin has two big seaplane issues, however. The lake is too small and the beach is rocky. On some maps the lake appears to connect in a way that would allow seaplanes to easily land, but they cannot. The lake is about 3000 feet long with tall trees at either end.


This chalet-style log cabin can accommodate five people and comes equipped with a double bunk, a single bunk and a sleeping loft. Other amenities include a table with benches, propane furnace, wood stove, shovel and bucket, broom, axe, splitting maul and food preparation space. Propane is supplied for the furnace. The cabin has a covered front porch. A picnic table and campfire ring are located in front of the cabin overlooking the lake, and there is also an outhouse. Water, firewood and electricity are not provided. Water is available from a nearby stream, but visitors should be sure to treat water before drinking or cooking with it ( water safety tips ). It is recommended that visitors bring their own water supply. Cooking facilities are not available. Visitors should pack sleeping bags, sleeping pads, a cooking stove, lanterns or flashlights, cookware, plates, utensils, food, toilet paper, garbage bags, a fire extinguisher and fire starter. Visitors are expected to pack out trash and clean the cabin before leaving.


Located 23 miles northwest of Juneau at mile marker 27.3 Glacier Highway. Access is via the 5 1/2 mile Amalga Trail. The trailhead is on north end of Eagle River Bridge, and follows upstream on north side of Eagle River to the cabin. The trail is fairly strenuous but with little total elevation gain. It is not recommended for cross-country skiing because of bumpy terrain, so snowshoes are advised in the winter. Allow for 3-1/2 to 4 hours to hike to the cabin carrying a full overnight pack. The trail continues on another 2 miles past the cabin toward Eagle Glacier.

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