Cabin at Twin Lakes
Now the centerpiece of a National Register Historic Site, Richard Proenneke built his cabin from 1967 - 1968.
Richard Proenneke is an example of self-reliance and independence. Only a person of extraordinary energy could have lived the life he chose. Despite his remote location, he maintained many friendships and wrote back to anyone who sent him a letter. He saw his correspondence, films and journals as a way to share a life untethered to the commercial world. Though fiercely independent, he was not a hermit.
Dick's book One Man's Wilderness and video 'Alone in the Wilderness' give a complete account of his first year at Twin Lakes. His journals form the basis of several other books and videos:
You can purchase these books and videos through our non-profit partner, Alaska Geographic.
Did You Know?
Pilot Matt Nieminen was the first to fly into Lake Clark country in 1930, in a Waco 10 biplane on floats. Nieminen is seen here on the floats of a Fairchild 71 at Two Lakes, just after he became the first to fly over Mt. McKinley in it.