Chuit River

There are only a few ways for the public to access the Chuit River without trespassing on private lands. From the north side there is public access across Kenai Peninsula Borough property in Section 30 and from the Pan Am Road at road mile 7. There are no other public access easements to the river across the private uplands. The following easements are shown on the Chuit River Land Status Map

  1. River mouth access: Persons may boat or walk up the river from its mouth at Cook Inlet (staying below the ordinary high water mark and not entering the uplands).
  2. Section line access: There is a 50 foot section line easement on the east side of the western line of Sections 19 and 30 on Kenai Peninsula Borough property that can be reached from mile 1.2 of the Pan Am Road. The section line easement meets the river about three-quarters of a mile upstream from Cook Inlet. A natural gas pipeline has been buried in a portion of this easement.
  3. Mile 7: At mile 7 of the Pan Am Road (at the old gauging station, cable crossing) there is a trail easement and a one-half acre site easement for public access to the river. Fishing and hunting are not permitted from or on the access easement.
  4. The Pan Am Road may be accessed via a public access easement on Chuitbuna Lake.
  5. The public may not use the old road that runs south from the Pan Am Road to the river about a mile west of Chuitbuna Lake. It is on private property and is not a public easement.
  6. At mile 9 of the Pan Am Road, it is possible to put rafts or canoes in at Lone Creek from the 100 foot road easement and float to the Chuit River, continuing to the river mouth. However, there is no public easement for the Pan Am Road in section 20 where it crosses private property before reaching Lone Creek. Permission from TNC and the other private property owner would be required to cross the private property in order to reach Lone Creek from the Pan Am Road. The state has an alternate easement to build a road around the private property, but as of this printing no road has been constructed.
  7. The Beluga Road may no longer provide a public right-of-way all the way to the Pan Am Road. A portion of the Beluga Road crosses privately owned property just north of where it intersects the Pan Am Road. Permission of the landowner would be required to cross this private property.
  8. The powerline and pipeline routes depicted on the map are included as landmarks only; they are not public access easements.
*For the official record descriptions of the easements described above, contact BLM.