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Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Interior of Public Use Cabin

Birch Lake State Recreation Site

Birch Lake Cabin

Berry Patch Cabin Exterior
Berry Patch Cabin Interior
Berry Patch Cabin Interior
Berry Patch Cabin Interior

Cabin Specifications

★ Minimum Occupancy: 1 Guest
★ Maximum Occupancy: 6 Guests
★ Site Access Method: Drive-in
★ Stay Limit: 5 Nights
★ Check-in/out Time: 12:00pm
★ Pets Allowed: Yes, always on leash
★ Fees: (see fee page)
★ Cabin Dimensions: 16' x 20'
★ Heating Method: Wood Stove (Bring your own wood)

Amenities

★ Fire Ring
★ Picnic Table
★ Table with seats
★ Broom and Ash Scoop
★ Axe and Saw

This cabin is nestled between the lily pad-covered lake and forested wetlands. Birch Lake has a developed boat launch and boat tie-ups, drinking water well (seasonal), outhouse, tent campsites as well as RV sites. Birch Lake Cabin furnishings include plywood sleeping platforms, a kitchen counter, shelves, table and benches, wood stove, fire extinguisher, and an outdoor latrine. Firewood is not provided and is hard to find at Birch Lake, so be sure to bring your own fire wood.

The lake is popular with fishers, jet-skiers, and water skiers in the summer, and with snowmachiners and ice fishers in the winter. There is excellent fishing all year for stocked species: rainbow trout, king and silver salmon, grayling and arctic char. Fishing during the open water months is best from a boat. Ice fishing huts are available for rent, usually between November and April.

This cabin was funded by the Sports Fish Restoration Fund and constructed by volunteers and State Park staff for your use and enjoyment. Please help keep it neat and attractive for those who will use it after your visit.

Location:
The turnoff to Birch Lake is located at Mile 305.3 Richardson Highway, approximately 59 miles southeast of Fairbanks. Follow the access road 0.3 miles to Birch Lake State Recreation Site (SRS). The cabin is on the left side of the parking lot as you drive into the recreation area. No parking permit is required.

GPS: N 64° 18.83' W 146° 38.74'

Special Notes:
* The road to the lake (ice fishing huts) is not plowed in the winter, so a 4-wheel-drive is advisable. It may take several days after a snowfall before park staff can plow out the cabin.

Pack out everything you pack in.

Check Availablility on Reserve America

Important Info

This cabin has a combination lock on the door. Once you make a reservation, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from Reserve America with important information about the cabin, including a combination for the door lock. Print out this confirmation e-mail and bring it with you to the cabin. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail within 24 hours of making the reservation, please contact the DNR Public Information Center at (907) 269-8400 Mon - Fri 10am-5pm.

Remember that these cabins are not hotels. Always be prepared! Be sure to bring:

  • Sleeping bag and pad or air mattress
  • Food
  • Cookware, dishes, utensils
  • Cooking stove and fuel
  • Matches, lighters, paper fire starter
  • 9-volt battery for smoke detectors
  • First aid items
  • Plastic trash bags
  • Jug of water
  • Saw or ax, just in case
  • Firewood
  • Flashlight
  • Lantern and fuel

Mission Statement

"The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation provides outdoor recreation opportunities and conserves and interprets natural, cultural, and historic resources for the use, enjoyment, and welfare of the people."

Accessibility Notice

Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Atwood Building
550 West 7th Avenue
Suite 1380
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 269-8700
Fax: (907) 269-8907