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    I will be staying at a cabin on POW island this spring, it has no boat and has a propane heater with propane provided.

    Any suggestions, hints on what to bring or take into consideration? What is the heater like? Any way to sue wood to dry clothes? I plan to bring a small stove, pad and sleeping bag.

    This is my first time at a FS cabin.

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    All the FS cabins I've been in, are each a little different. However, all of them had bunk beds and both a wood stove and a fuel oil stove. I bring wood and fuel with me. Most of the wood near by is water soaked and anything burnable has long been used near the cabins.

    Have a safe trip.

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    Toilet paper-the mice usually eat up what's at the cabin.
    Lantern and fuel/the lantern can help provide heat if there isn't a wood stove. You might even want to consider a Mr. Heater/portable Buddy heater.
    Make sure your pad is thick, those plywood bunks get pretty uncomfortable after a few days.

    I've never seen one on POW with propane, which cabin will you be in?
    You'll have to check on the FS website to find out if a wood stove is there. Stid is right, there's usually one provided.

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    Default Staney cabin

    Propane heater - PROPANE PROVIDED

    I had to go check this out also ... That is a new one on me.

    You must remember the cabins are bare. You really must bring it all.

    The Staney cabin is a hike from the parking spot for your rig. The nearest boat launch is Winter Harbor. You can only work the cabin by boat at high tide.

    I have been to the cabin several times and it has always been a long way to the water across the tide flat.

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    Thanks for the info Johnnie.

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    Just curious why you can only reach the cabin at high tide? To muddy at low tide? No where to tie the boat?

    Staney cabin on POW, website say propane stove, no cooking service, propane provided (struck me as odd).

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    I would guess the stove was for heating only.

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    I don't think you could cook on any of the Cabin stoves .... they are for heating. You must bring your own cooking system.

    The tidal flats are very large at the mouth of Staney Creek. I guess it is hard to explain but we have between like ... 10 ft and up to 20 ft tidal swings. The only time the water is up to the beach at the cabin is at the high tides of the higher tide swing. At low tide water is way out there type thing. Some tidal flats are very soft (or have soft places) and are not walkable.

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    DonV-just curious, are you planning to bear hunt?

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    Yes I will be on my first AK bear hunt! Any suggestions/ideas welcome, PM me

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    I always prepare my meals before leaving to the cabins. Normally make up pots of spaghetti, stew, chili, chicken & dumplings, fettucini, etc at home...vacuum pack and freeze. Travel day, throw them in the cooler to keep lunch meat, etc cool. Once at the cabin toss a package in a hot pot of water...minutes later enjoy a meal fit for a bear hunter without the preparation/clean up mess.

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    What site does people use to make reservation for cabins? I can not find a site that has cabins in seldovia.
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    Gary this might be what you are looking for.
    http://www.dnr.state.ak.us/parks/cabins/kenai.htm

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    Cool, Thanks for the help
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