Our Original lakefront cabin! Remote from all others! Truly private- you'll think your at the end of the world! Quiet and serene- you feel you have the lake to yourself and in essence you do. Only trains and float plane fly-bys will remind you of the outside world.
Started in 2001 with a beetle kill epidemic. Trees from on site. A Sawmill, a few years, and a touch of sweat. This wilderness gem has evolved to the perfect spot to enjoy Alaska!
New for 2016! The Ketchikan- waterfront location, stunning views of the lake, mature trees...
make tranquil the predominant note.
Easy access with parking very close, and a driveway to other cabins nearby make this the most "social" cabin.
Our latest cabin, the Yakutat is nestled on the center of the lakefront. Nearest the Sauna it is the longest stroll from parking, ensuring a sublime remote experience.
Built in a natural clearing it is tucked into the young trees. The wrap around windows fill the space with light, and the deck perches you above the lake for stunning views of the mountains to the west and south.
Initially conceived as a place for extra Guests to lay their heads at the end of the day, the Nabesna has taken on a cozy life of its own. It is dominated by the rhythms of the Alaska railroad. Six trains pass the front deck daily during the summer "tourist" season. One long coal train goes by each week in the silent depths of winter.
Windows were added, the roof overhangs extended, the deck fireplace perfected...
It is truly a place to "stop and listen to the pines under which your cabin is built."
The heart of any lake property for a Finn is the sauna. Usually built first and right on the shore, it enables quick dips and relaxing evenings.
A Sauna bath is more of a ritual than a hurried cleansing. The wood-fired stove brings the sauna room to temperature over 60 minutes and provides the crackle, the soft illumination, and the pleasant scent of a spruce fire.
Bathers spend 20+/- minutes in the heat (80-95 degrees C) then dip in the lake and sit on the deck rehydrating. The conversation flows, stress disappears. The cycle repeats as often as you wish, generally 2-4 times. Afterward summer sausage is grilled at the nearby fire pit, evening light fades and the sleep that follows is truly fabulous!
The property is located at the first railroad work site as the Alaska Railroad began out of Seward in 1905. It is graced by some truly ancient trees, abandoned wooden boats, and old industrial detritus.
The Workers harvested Hemlock from the other side of the lake and hacked them into the railroad ties that build the first tracks.
When the railroad was completed these original "tie hackers" dispersed to their favorite spots throughout Alaska to homestead. Andy Simons settled here and became the first registered hunting guide in Alaska. The Mountain to the northeast bears his name.
The original cabin dates from that period and has survived only thanks to it's concrete foundation and it's metal roof. The railroad cabin spent decades abandoned and only now is undergoing a meticulous restoration. Hopefully in the future you will be able to stay in it as well.
The Lake shore is dominated by the effects of the biannual "jokulhlaup." This glacial lake outburst flood occurs every other year in the fall and causes the lake to rise 6+ feet in 2 days. This means massive amounts of driftwood come down the Snow river and ends up on the shore. The cabins are built high to accommodate this event.
This Gallery has some images taken over the years as the property has evolved into what it is today. Looking forward it would have not been possible to anticipate where we are now!
Many of the Biggest draws to Alaska are within 35 minutes.
Fishing, rafting, hiking, historic places, museums...
The fecundity of nature surrounds you...
Some days it is as if you are the visitor and the animals come out to see whats new...