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Willow Winter Public Use Cabin Overview

If you crave solitude, and enjoy the rigors of Alaska in the winter time, the Willow Cabin at Exit Glacier is a wonderful place to stay and experience the beauty of Kenai Fjords in the winter time!

Willow Cabin is equipped with propane heat, as well as propane fueled stove, oven, refrigerator, and lights. The cabin is fully furnished with table and chairs, a couch and bunk beds with mattresses. It has two bedrooms and sleeps up to four people. Basic cooking utensils, pots and pans, and flatware are provided. A pit toilet is located near the cabin. There is no running water – visitors need to melt snow or carry in drinking water. The park will not be providing cleaning supplies or sanitizer. No pets are allowed in the cabin.

Reservations are required and can be made by emailing Public Use Cabin Reservations or by calling 907-422-0500. We will begin accepting reservations for cabin use on October 15 for the coming winter season. The cabin is available for use from mid-November to mid-April depending on weather and road conditions. Each reservation is limited to no more than three nights. A full day will be between different reservations. Occupancy begins and ends at noon.

The cabin costs $50 per night. Reservations must be canceled at least 10 days in advance to receive a refund or credit, unless the cabin is inaccessible due to weather. Refunds are only available for reservations made using an approved credit card. Credits may be applied to the current season only on a space available basis.

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Willow Cabin can be reached by cross-country skis, bicycle, snowshoes, dogsled, and snowmobile, once snowmobile access has been approved for the season. The road to Exit Glacier is usually closed at the Box Canyon Gate, 1.5 miles off the Seward Highway. From there it is approximately 7 miles to the cabin, but you may have a shorter ski if the road is still open to the Forest Service or National Park Service boundary. Be sure to park at the turnoff before the gate. Keep the gate clear for access by mushers and emergency vehicles.

This page includes information about Willow Winter Public Use Cabin in Kenai Fjords National Park | At the edge of the Kenai Peninsula lies a land where the ice age lingers. Nearly 40 glaciers flow from the Harding Icefield, Kenai Fjords’ crowning feature. Wildlife thrives in icy waters and lush forests around this vast expanse of ice. Sugpiaq people relied on these resources to nurture a life entwined with the sea. Today, shrinking glaciers bear witness to the effects of our changing climate. | Alaska | https://www.nps.gov/kefj/index.htm