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Lakefront Log Cabin - Spectacular Views! Centrally located on 6 private acres

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Bedrooms 1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Cabin, 1 Bedroom + Sleeping Porch, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-6)

Located in south central Alaska, on the shores of Cottonwood Lake in the heart of the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, Alaska Loon’s Nest Cabin Rental is centrally located between Palmer and Wasilla on seven secluded acres, yet within minutes of town and attractions. The cabin is only 40 minutes from Anchorage and three hours from Denali National Park. Come stay in a truly Alaskan log cabin on a pristine trout-filled floatplane sized lake, surrounded by the Talkeetna and Chugach Mountain Ranges.

Sip your coffee while listening to the call of the loon echo across the pristine waters of Cottonwood Lake. Or, sit on the dock and watch the trout jump in the evening glow of a long summer night as an eagle glides directly above. Better yet, wet a line with one of our trout poles and catch a rainbow trout for dinner. Explore the lake in the paddleboat, canoe or kayaks (lifejackets provided) or just trout fish with gear provided. Take a swim off our dock and soak in those warm summer days on the floating dock. Roast marshmallows and share stories around the lakeside fire pit. Relax and let time stand still!

Enjoy a place where time stands still, and breathtaking beauty abounds!

Keywords: Lakefront Log Cabin

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Ron Zmuda
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
October 13, 2016
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About Ron Zmuda

As a sourdough (lifelong Alaskan), Ron has a deep love for Alaska and the outdoors. When not selling real estate, Ron loves fishing, hunting, and sharing his tales of Alaskan adventure. A “jack-of-all-trades”, Ron built the family home and has kept the family homestead cabin in tip-top shape for over forty years. Ron has a deep love for this great state, and would love to help you plan your Alaskan vacation!

Why Ron Zmuda chose Palmer

Alaska Loon's Nest has been my family treasure since 1962. This original homesteader’s cabin was built in the 1950’s, and has been tenderly maintained by my family for over 45 years. The cabin features richly hued knotty pine throughout, with modern upgrades, while maintaining its original Alaskan history and charm. The cabin front offers expansive views of the lake and two mountain ranges, including the Hatcher's Pass area directly across from the cabin. Two decks, one lakeside and one with a gas BBQ overlooking the perennial flower beds and garden area, add to your enjoyment of this “one-of-a-kind” Alaskan setting!

What makes this cabin unique

Come enjoy a one-of-a-kind Alaskan setting while being within minutes of major attractions and conveniences. You'll soon discover why Cottonwood Lake is still a 'jewel' in the chain of lakes in the area, and why Alaska Loon's Nest seems like it's nestled in a world of its own. Watch eagles fly directly overhead on their daily flight path, visiting moose and fox, waterfowl, trumpeter swans, and my favorite, the loon. Take an early morning or late evening paddle around the lake as the loons' eerie calls echo across the water, and you'll understand why time seemingly stands still at Alaska Loon's Nest! Please note that the owner's home is next to the cabin rental.


based on 35 traveler reviews

Lakefront Log Cabin - Spectacular Views! Centrally located on 6 private acres
average rating of 4.9714284 based on 35 reviews

Fantastic Stay

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at this wonderful cabin for 4 nights in August. Ron and Cindy are great hosts. We had 4 people in the cabin. 2 in the bedroom and the other 2 slept on the porch. Waking up on the porch to that wonderful view was awesome. We did a lot of day trips out this cabin but we also spent a lot of time on the dock fishing with Ellie May (the dog). I would be willing to bet that almost everyone who has ever stayed here would love to take that dog home with them.

Cabin was clean and very nice. Washer and dryer in the cellar were just what we needed. We grilled out Halibut and Salmon on the gas grill out front. The television came in handy to watch our Packers play a pre-season on Friday night (only watched a few minutes as we didn't want to miss any time outside on the dock).

We hope to go back soon and we would absolutely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Super comfortable cabin, so relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

This is our 2nd time to rent this super comfortable and relaxing cabin. Ron and Cindy, the cabin owners, live next door and are very nice and gracious hosts. They give you privacy but are there if you need something. The cabin sits on a small hill about 50' from the water's edge of a small lake. The view from the lake with mountains in the background is just beautiful. The queen size bed is very comfortable and my wife and I slept like babies in it. The kitchen is small but is well stocked. We fixed some nice salmon in the oven and breakfast and the stove worked great. The cabin is located a 30 minute drive from Hatcher Pass, which is a must visit with beautiful views and great hiking trails. We highly recommend this cabin and would not hesitate to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful home base for our family!

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed in this cabin for 8 nights during the last week of July first week of August 2016. There was enough room for the 4 of us (2 adults, 2 teens) without us being on top of each other. There was basic TV (with a DVD player - we bought some cheapie movies from the Walmart nearby to watch) and WiFi. There are several grocery chains near by for supplies (Walmart, Fred Meyers). We also found a good pizza place in Palmer (Humdingers) and a good burger place in Wasilla (the Loose Moose). We bought our fishing licenses at Walmart. Follow the directions that get emailed to you - our GPS took us on a different route which took us to a closed road. Once you become familiar with getting to the cabin, it is not a problem!

The cabin was wonderfully cozy right next to Cottonwood Lake. The owners have a boat dock on their property and allowed the usage of their paddle boat and kayaks. They even had PFTs available for all of us! The owners' dog, Ellie Mae, LOVED going out on the paddle boat and hanging out with the kids on the dock. She got very excited each time someone caught a rainbow trout. We saw some salmon swimming in the lake, but catching salmon in the lake was prohibited. There are fishing poles available to use and bait in the frig. There was even a lot of mosquito repellent on the shelf in case you forgot some.

The heater kept the cabin nice and toasty when it got chilly. Otherwise there are several windows you can open to let in the air. The enclosed porch area was the best area to hang out in with all its windows. We spent most of our time here. There were several seating options outside, weather permitting. The Zmudas made our family feel very welcome in this cabin. They live next door and were available if we had any questions. We really enjoyed our time here in Wasilla and staying at this wonderful cabin! If we ever come up this way again, we would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Can't say enough good things about our stay. We were very impressed with everything. The cabin is immaculate and so Alaskan! Everything we needed and then some. It is surrounded by gorgeous gardens and lawn. Obviously this place is loved and has seen many happy times! The view was amazing and the accessibility to the lake and fishing gear made it a perfect relaxing stay. Ron and Cindy were exceedingly gracious and know all about the lake and area. Ellie May even trained us how to throw her stick! She is an amazing lab with a great attitude. Thank you so much for sharing your piece of paradise.

P.S. Ron, thanks for baiting Lynn's hook and setting her bobber. She caught a fine trout with that bait which made for her first fish ever and a terrific dinner!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased that your stay was enjoyable. And especially happy you caught fish as you know the weather has been exceedingly warm which hinders a rainbow trouts appetite. Thank you.from us and Ellie Mae!
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Great location, beautiful view.

  • 4 of 5

This cabin is very cute with a great view of the lake. It is very close to the owners house so privacy is a bit limited, however, Ron and Cindy were wonderful and we hardly ever saw them. We saw moose, eagles and Loons with babies. Great location to go out and explore Alaska.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Barely seen you guys around also. It appears that you took advantage of the location and enjoyed the many natural attractions in the area. Thank You
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Peaceful, beautiful and everything we were hoping for

  • 5 of 5

I cannot begin to express how happy we were with our stay at Loon's Nest. We were greeted with delicious salmon dip made by Ron, and it kept getting better from there. Ellie May was a highlight for my family, especially my two year old daughter. We loved that she even joined us on the paddle boat! The cabin was cozy, comfortable, and had everything we needed. Cannot wait to return here!!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased that you were able to take advantage of the lake and the toys we provide to enjoy it. A big thank you from us and Ellie Mae.
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Close to major attractions such as Musk Ox Farm, Reindeer Farm, Iditarod Headquarters, Hatcher's Pass and Independence Mine, Matanuska and Knik Glaciers, Alaska Railroad Depot-Wasilla, Alaska Native Heritage Center, salmon fishing, flight seeing tours, and Denali National Park.


Rates & Availability

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May 1 2017 - May 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
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Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
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Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 5.0%

May 15 - August 31
$215/double occupancy*
Weekly rate: $1350/double occupancy*
*$15/night each additional person 12+years old.
*plus 5% bed tax applies to all rates
Children under 12 free.
3 night minimum stay
Maximum 6 people

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Gateway Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 860 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower, no tub, bar soap, hair dyer, towels
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1) Private queen bedroom with built-in cabinetry and vanity and sitting area., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Double-sized Lazy-Boy sleeper sofa in living room, double 8' thick futon sofa in living room, and double futon sofa in sleeping porch.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Dock, paddle boat, 2 kayaks, canoe, lifejackets, trout poles, lakeside fire pit, lawn games available for guests' use (owner's home is next to the cabin).

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