A History of Caribou Island Cabin

HISTORY: Who built the cabin or why is unknown. The cabin was probably used for trapping. If you have information, photographs or stories regarding this cabin, (or any other cabins) please contact the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

NARRATIVE DESCRIPTION: The Caribou Island cabin is a one-story log cabin consisting of a single rectangular room. The cabin is situated on the shore of Tustumena Lake in a stand of mature spruce trees. The Caribou Island cabin condition is classified as standing "good" with very little alteration since its construction.

The Caribou Island cabin is built of spruce logs cut in the area by ax and crosscut saw. The cabin is located approximately 72 feet from the shore of Tustumena Lake. The foundation of the cabin consists of sill logs placed directly on the ground without a prepared foundation. The outside dimensions of the single room cabin are 14 feet wide by 17 feet, 11 inches long. The one sided spruce logs have been peeled of all bark. The facade end consists of two sided logs. The log diameter averages 10 inches at the butt end and 7 inches at the tip. The cabin logs are scribe-fit (Scandinavian, or chinkless) and chinked with native moss. The logs are interlocked with a full dovetail notch. The facade and east elevations have 11 courses of logs and the north and south elevation have 10 courses of logs, all set horizontally.