Visit Richard Proenneke's Cabin
Step into the home of one of Alaska's foremost wilderness icons. Sit at Richard Proenneke's writing desk where he wrote his famous journals and gaze out at the view of Upper Twin Lake. Explore the cabin and surroundings on a tour with a National Park Volunteer. Take a hike to Teetering Rock and imagine the thousands of miles Dick Proenneke wandered in his thirty years at Upper Twin Lake. The cabin is managed as an outdoor exhibit and is usually staffed throughout the summer by National Park Volunteers who are available to give tours of Richard Proenneke's home.
The Richard L. Proenneke National Historic Site is usually accessed via small aircraft that land on Upper Twin Lake. Visitors often arrive from Anchorage or Port Alsworth but any air taxi, from any location that has planes equipped with floats, would be able to land. Visit our directions page for a listing of authorized air taxis and their locations.
A few hardened tent sites with an "outcan" are available for overnight camping on a first come, first served basis. The tent sites are across Hope Creek from the Proenneke cabin. You must be prepared for a creek crossing to access the Proenneke cabin from the camping area. Bear resistant food containers are required when camping anywhere along the shoreline and may be borrowed from the visitor center in Port Alsworth or commercially in Anchorage. Leave No Trace principles strongly encouraged. The Twin Lakes area is one of the busiest camping and backpacking areas in the park.
Richard L. Proenneke National Historic Site
National Historic Sites are places recognized by the National Park Service for their significance in American History. The Richard L. Proenneke National Historic Site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007 in recognition of its stature as an excellent and well-known example of an Alaskan bush log cabin. It is also recognized for Richard Proenneke's voice in the preservation of wilderness in Alaska. Proenneke's interests, talents and circumstances made him influential in shaping and educating the public about the wisdom of conservation of our natural world.
Help us protect Dick Proenneke's cabin so that generations of visitors will be able to experience what it has to offer. The site is managed as an exploratory exhibit.
Extend Your Visit
Many people chose to extend their visit to Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. There are options for backpacking trips that begin or end at the cabin or camping on Twin Lakes and hiking the shorelines or paddling the lakes with kayaks. Visit the getting around page for guided trip options.
Did You Know?
Richard Proenneke built his cabin on Twin Lakes using only hand tools and his own labor. He began work on the cabin in 1968 at the age of 51 and lived there until 1998, when he was 82.