Priest Rock Public Use Cabin

Stay in a rustic cabin to experience remote Alaska living for yourself. Split some wood and head inside to light a fire in the stove. Enjoy the warmth while your gear dries out from a day on the water.

 
A wooden cabin with a porch is backdropped by water and mountains
Take yourself back in time with a stay in the Priest Rock Cabin on Lake Clark.

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Wooden bunk beds inside a wooden cabin
Bunks inside the cabin

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A Wild Paradise

The Priest Rock Cabin sits on the north shore of Lake Clark, approxiately eight miles north of Port Alsworth. The cabin is perched above a small creek that runs into the lake. It commands a sublime view of Lake Clark's upper reaches, backed by mountains rising to 6,000 feet. It's an ideal place for kayaking, boating, fishing and wildlife viewing.

Experience Lake Clark's History

The cabin was originally built and lived in by long-time Alaskan Allen Woodward of Anchorage who was a summer resident of Lake Clark from about 1950 to the early 2000s. Woodward built the cabin in the mid-1970s after his original cabin suffered severe damage during flooding in 1971.

Allen Woodward is a veteran naval aviator from the Pacific Theater during WWII. After the war, as a civilian, Woodward continued his love of aviation with a career with the Civil Aeronautics Administration, the predecessor to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He worked in the first flight control tower in King Salmon before working in the control tower in Anchorage in the 1950s before switching to being an FAA pilot flying all over Alaska.

Allen Woodward was part of a generation of Alaskans who built and lived in remote log cabins as aviation was making remote living more accessible throughout the state. Some of Lake Clark National Park’s most famous residents, Dick Proenneke, of One Man’s Wilderness fame at Upper Twin Lake, and Jay and Bella Hammond, former Alaska Governor and First Lady on Lake Clark, built cabins during the same period.

Proenneke, Hammond, and Woodward represent the post-WWII veterans who were pilots and early settlers in the Lake Clark country. Aviation allowed them to see Lake Clark for the first time and afterwards enabled them to own property there and to access their cabins. Aviation was a transformative agent throughout Alaska beginning in the 1920s opening up the territory after WWII.

In 1979, Allen Woodward sold the first of his three cabins on Lake Clark to the National Park Foundation to become the office for the new Lake Clark National Monument, even before it was designated as a National Park in 1980. This cabin is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

Beginning in 1986, Marian Woodward joined her husband for summers on Lake Clark in the cabin at Priest Rock, hosting visitors, gardening, and enjoying life on the lake until the early 2000s.

In 2000, Allen and Marian Woodward donated a rare and largely intact Bristol Bay double-ender wooden sailboat that was in use in the commercial salmon fishery, c. 1916 to 1950. The double-ender is now restored and on display at the park’s visitor center in Port Alsworth.

The Woodward Cabin at Priest Rock will offer park visitors the opportunity to stay in one of Lake Clark’s iconic and historic log cabins. Visitors will be able to experience the same sights and sounds that the Woodward family enjoyed for many years on spectacular Lake Clark. Allen and Marian Woodward have made it possible for park visitors and residents to experience both the cabin and the Bristol Bay Double-ender from the mid-century history of the region.

Know Before You Go

Facilities: The cabin is rustic and accomodates up to six people. It is equipped with a wood stove, table, chairs and a nearby outhouse. Sleeping accomodations include wooden bunks--three single beds and one queen bed. There is no electricity or running water at the cabin. Fresh water is available in the lake but must be treated.

Getting There: The cabin is 120 air miles from Anchorage and 8 miles from Port Alsworth. Visitors must arrange their own transportation.

Transportation: Cabin is only accessible by floatplane or boat; water taxis may be available from Port Alsworth. There are no mooring buoys at this location. For information, see our Directions page.

Reservations: Reservations are required. Reserve online at www.recreation.gov

Price: $65 per night.

Stay Limit: The maximum consecutive stay limit is 5 nights for a limit of 21 nights in a calendar year.

Cabin Rules and Other Considerations:
  • Dogs are allowed at the cabin.
  • Please use wood sparingly for heating purposes only.
  • You are responsible for bringing your own cook stove, lighter, utensils, sleeping pads, bedding, toilet paper, drinking water, and/or means of treating drinking water.
  • Park regulations require all food, garbage, and other scented items be secured inside the cabin at all times because bears frequent this area. Food storage violations could result in immediat termination of the cabin reservation in addition to a fine.
  • Trash needs to be removed from the park. Pack out all trash and remaining food with you. There is no public trash collection in Port Alsworth.
  • No smoking in the cabin. All cigarette butts must be packed out with garbage.
 
a map of the land status around Priest Rock Public Use Cabin
Please be respectful of private property around the cabin and along the shore of Lake Clark.

Last updated: September 5, 2017

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 226
Port Alsworth, AK 99653

Phone:

(907) 781-2218

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