Casefile Summary
RST 437
Chistochina-Mankomen Lake Trail
Trail Location
The Chistochina-Mankomen Lake Trail Is Located in Southcentral
Alaska Approximately 5 Miles North of the Community of
Chistochina. the Route Runs From the Glenn Highway, Tok Cutoff,
At Milepost 37.7, Northward To the East Fork Chistochina River,
Where It Turns Eastward and Then Northward, Following the East
Fork Chistochina River and Eagle Creek To Mankomen Lake. the
Location of the Trail, Based On Historical Evidence, Has Been
Mapped By DNR, Division of Land Personnel, On USGS 1:63,360
Gulkana D-1, D-2 and C-2 Quadrangle Maps. the Route Is Approximately
35 Miles Long.
Historic Documentation
The Chistochina-Mankomen Lake Trail Was Historically A Mining
Access Route. the Trail Is, Included in the 1973 Department of
Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) Trails Inventory On
Map #83 (Gulkana 1:250,000 Quadrangle) As Trail #16 and #19.
A Synopsis of Historic Documentation (Copies of Sources in File)
Regarding Construction Or Use of the Route Follows:
1959: the Route Is Shown in Part On 1959 1:250,000
Gulkana, Alaska Quadrangle.
1966: Bureau of Land Management 44ld513 File, A067448,
States: "The Subject Trails Have All Been Examined By Bureau of
Land Management Personnel. the Locations Have Been Noted On Maps
And the Trails Have Been Marked On the Ground. It Is in the
Public Interest That These Trails Be Maintained for Public Use."
Attached USGS 1:63,360 Scale Maps Show the Route, Labelled
"Mankomen Lake Trail." the File Contains A Report On the Native
Allotment at the Beginning of the Mankomen Lake Trail, Which
States: "According To the Information in the Case File, Public
Use of the Mankomen Lake Trail, A-067488, Began in the Early
1900'S, Which Is Prior To the Applicant's Claimed Use and
Occupancy. the Type of Use Identified Is Hunting and Trapping
And for Access To Public Waters for Fishing. the Trail Is Used
Regularly By the Residents of Mankomen Lake. Therefore, the
Applicant's Use of This Trail Was Not Potentially Exclusive of
Others and the Certificate of Allotment, When Issued, Will Be
Subject To the Mankomen Lake Trail." the File Contains A Master
Title Plat Dated 5/13/66 Which Shows the Route;
1973: Bureau of Land Management Memorandum Regarding the
Mankomen Lake Trail, 3/12/73, States, "Trail Appears To Have
Originated As A Wagon Road, Perhaps Used To Haul Ore Out of the
Mines Northwest of Mankomen Lake." the Memo States That the
Cleared Width of the Trail Is 10-12 Feet, But Recommends A 100
Foot Width for the Right-Of-Way. the Memo States: "This Trail
Provides Winter Access To Mankomen Lake As Well As Important
Trapping, Hunting, and Fishing Access. Trail Receives Moderate
Recreational Use By Dog Sledders of Chistochina";
1994: Map Submitted By Jim Fry To RS 2477 Project,
3/12/94, Shows the Southern Part of the Route With the Note
"Trail #2 Was in Use More Than 50 Years. A Few Years Ago Someone
Moved the Sign in Counter Ne About A Mile. This Part of the
Trail Barely Passable (Sic)."
Land Status
Division of Land Personnel Researched State Status Plats, Bureau
Of Land Management (BLM) Master Title Plats and BLM Historical
Indexes To Identify Servient Estates and Historic Federal
Pertinent Servient Estates and Withdrawals As Shown On Bureau of
Land Management and Alaska Division of Land Records Are Listed As
1. State of Alaska;
2. Ahtna,, Inc.;
3. Copper Valley Telephone Cooperative,, Inc.;
4. Cheesh-Na,, Inc;
5. USS 5932/50-93-0085, Native Allotment; Date of
Occupancy: 8/1/67;
6. A067448, 44ld513 Right-Of-Way, Date of Application:
7. Bureau of Land Management;
8. BLM Order 63-2, Recreation and Public Purpose,
Effective 3/15/63, Affecting Metes and Bounds Within T14n, R5e,
Crm, Revoked 10/21/64;
9. BLM Order 65-5, Small Tract Classification, Effective
5/7/65, Affecting 45.83 Acres Within T14n, R5e, Crm.
Acceptance of Grant
The Earliest Reservation Along the Subject Route Was for BLM
Order 63-2, Recreation and Public Purpose, Effective 3/15/63,
Affecting Metes and Bounds Within T14n, R5e, Crm. This Order Was
Revoked 10/21/64. Documentation in the File Shows Construction
Or Use of the Route Occurred By 1959, With Reference To Use of
The Trail Beginning in the Early 1900'S. the Grant of the RS
2477 Right-Of-Way for the Trail Was Accepted By Construction and
Use, Subject To Valid, Existing Rights, When the Land Was Not
Reserved for Public Purposes.

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