April 21, 2016
New Public Use Cabin Policy beginning October 1, 2016
In an effort to more equitably
assign public use cabin reservations while allowing enough time for users to
coordinate transportation, we have developed the following change to our
existing Public Use Cabin Policy.
As you may know, the Refuge’s
public use cabins are available to the public year-round as long as they are
not being used by Refuge Staff for management activities. Users are required to
check with the Refuge office (907-883-5312) beforehand. If not being used by
the Refuge staff or other users, a permit for no more than 14 consecutive days
will be issued. However, demand for the cabins during the fall moose hunting
season (generally August 24-September 17), usually exceeds the supply, and thus
the following lottery system will be instituted for the 2017 fall moose hunting
1. Applications will only be
accepted October 1-31, 2016. These applications will be available from the
Refuge office (907-883-5312) at any time, and can be picked up in person,
emailed or snail-mailed to applicants.
2. The applications will
include options for selecting which cabin is preferred, along with a second
choice. Periods of use will be no more than 6 consecutive nights.
3. The applications will be
randomly selected no later than close of business of the second Monday of
November. Winning applicants will be notified immediately by telephone and/or
mail. Alternates will also be identified in the event of cancellations.
While the primary purpose of
the cabins is to support Refuge management activities, the Fish and Wildlife
Service will continue to make every effort to accommodate the recreating
public. Additionally, staff will attempt to make sure the cabins are adequately
stocked with firewood, propane and emergency rations, but is a good idea to
call ahead to confirm.
For additional information,
please call the Refuge Manager at 907-883-9401
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