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Steve or Sharon Wells

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

Private Lakeside 3BR Cabin w/ 1000ft Shoreline & 3 Docks to explore

10 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Private Lakeside Cabin, 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

Rainbow Lake Lodge is a completely private cabin home on its own spacious lot on a lake in Willow, Alaska. The living area is on the second floor giving guests a panoramic view of the surrounding birch tree forest and beautiful Rainbow Lake. There are two bedrooms upstairs each with a queen size bed and a downstairs bedroom with two twin size beds. There is a full kitchen and the bathroom offers you all the comforts of home.

In the summer there are three docks in different locations along our 1,000 feet of shoreline which gives our guests the opportunity to enjoy the sun as it moves across the sky. We have a short walking trail which winds its way through the property passing our flower and vegetable gardens ending at our gazebo.

Our cabin has two large decks which overlook the lake. Our neighbors on the lake are mainly here on the weekends so if you stay with us during the week you might have the lake mostly to yourself. We have no neighbors that are visable across the lake from the guest cabin which gives you unobstructed views of the Alaska wilderness. There is no public access to the lake so only property owners have access. The lake varies from absolute silence most of the time on week days to busy with watercraft enjoying the long Alaska days during the weekend.

We only have one rental on the property so you will not have to share your cabin with any other guests. We have our own cabin on the neighboring property and are always available to answer questions or assist in making your stay an excellent experience.

Rainbow Lake Lodge is located on Rainbow Lake in the heart of the Matanuska Susitna Valley, between Anchorage and Denali National Park, bordering on the Nancy Lake Recreational Area Park in Willow, the home of the Iditarod Sled dog Race restart. There are many summer recreational options. Fishing, hiking, boating, 4 wheeling, flightseeing (Mt McKinley glacier landings), touring the historic Independence gold mine, dogsled demonstrations, sightseeing and more.

Our beautiful property offers an excellent chance to just relax and enjoy the loons calling and the occasional moose, bear, or smaller wildlife that does wander by. The area is well known for its excellent fishing with Willow Creek offering salmon, trout and grayling fishing. Guided trips can be arranged. Fly out trips for flight seeing and fishing can also be arranged.

Keywords: MatSu, Parks Hwy, fishing, Willow, lakeshore, private cabin,

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Steve or Sharon Wells (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Steve or Sharon Wells

Steve and Sharon are long time Alaskans. We have been bringing our family and friends to the lake since 1978. We built both the vacational rental and our separate Log Cabin Lodge and spend as much time here as we can. Steve is retired from the State of Alaska, has been a pilot, registered hunting guide, enjoys fishing, snow machining, and is a veteran. Sharon operates her own business in Anchorage as a Registered Guardian.

Steve or Sharon Wells purchased this cabin in 1992

Why Steve or Sharon Wells chose Alaska

We choose this area because it is conveniently located just an hour and half driving time from Anchorage, on a lake with a south facing view, on well maintained roads, with all the conveniences and far enough away to be on the edge of a wilderness type setting.

What makes this cabin unique

Quiet. Easy drive from Anchorage. Private Lake. Your own fully equipped apartment with beautiful view of the lake. Excellent stop over to or from Denali National Park. Travel advice and tips from Alaskans who have been to all the tourist points of interest and can offer some tips that will make your visit unique and enjoyable.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have a fantastic week with Steve & Sharon and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We will definitely be making annual plans to visit Rainbow Lake in the future to take advantage of the great location and great hospitality. We a great time using Steve as our guide and trip planner and will enjoy our week's worth of memories for years to come.

Briefly we:

1.Took a guided fishing trip with Lonn at where we all caught and released too many rainbows and silver salmon than we could count, truly exceptional.

2. Did a drop off fishing trip out of Talkeetna with TriRivers charter and it was a beautiful day by the river to relax and catch fish.

3. From Talkeetna again we took a flightseeing trip with Talkeetna Air into Denali Park and Mt. McKinley landing on the mountain glacier with absolutely clear and calm skies which provided a camera full of pictures.

4. Day trip to Hatcher Pass and Independence Mine making a loop from Willow over the pass to Wasilla and back.

5.Relaxing by the lake when we took the time.

Truly a trip to remember for years to come.
Aug 2013
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Private Lakeside 3BR Cabin w/ 1000ft Shoreline & 3 Docks to explore
average rating of 4.9 based on 48 reviews
McCune, KS


  • 5 of 5

2 of us spent 5 days, 4 nights at this cabin. We were greated by the owner Steve (and his grandchildren Emma and Lucas). They all gave us the run down of the cabin as well as the area. This cabin is right on Rainbow Lake - since we stayed over Memorial Day weekend, there was a fair bit of boat and PWC traffic, but after the holiday, the lake was quiet.

This cabin is far enough away to feel secluded, but is close enough to small grocery stores/gas stations. Ot is close to the Deshka landing for king salmon fishing, and Talkeetna and Denali ate easy day trips.

Steve suggested a flight tour of Denali which we did with Talkeetna Air Taxi including a glacier landing. This was awesome!

Will be back.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Relaxing lake retreat

  • 4 of 5

We had a great experience at the lake, the grounds and setting were superb. The owners were very helpful and wanted to make sure we had a good time.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Midland, MI

Great secluded spot to experience Alaska.

  • 5 of 5

Rainbow lodge was a great experience and exactly as described. Steve was a wonderful host and provided us with some very valuable recommendations. The beds were comfortable. The property was clean. The kitchen well-stocked with pots and pans and some basics (like coffee - thanks!). If you want to stay in the Willow area, this is a good base camp. Not many fish in the lake that we could tell but plenty in nearby rivers. It's a little far if you want to explore Denali but provides easy access to local fishing, Independence Mine and the Palmer area of Mat-Su. This rental was at the end of our trip and we would have dearly loved access to a washer/dryer. And a dishwasher would have been a real treat but I don't know what kind of stress those would have placed on the well water/septic tank combo. Regardless, we were not disappointed at all and highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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  • 5 of 5

Rainbow Lake Lodge was EXACTLY what a crazy busy family of four needed in a vacation! The serenity that surrounded us was unlike anything we've experienced before and allowed us to decompress, slow down, and enjoy the beauty of the the nature that surrounded us and the pleasure of each other's company.

Gone were the hundreds of cable channels and tablet games and instead we explored the Well's beautiful property and took out the paddle boat onto the lake at 11:30 at night to fish while listening to the loons and watching the lake otters.

The hosts are wonderful! Always available, always willing and ready to help make our stay an enjoyable and memorable one! And that it was!

We didn't want to leave and are already planning our next trip! Rainbow Lake Lodge is definitely a place we would come to again and would recommend to our family and friends! In fact, we already have!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Weldona Colorado


  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here for our Honeymoon. Steve was very accommodating and helped us find things to do to pass our time! Without his help we never would have seen done some of the amazing things we did. The cabin is great and comfortable like home. The dock is close and it's nice and quiet. Thanks Steve we will try to get back someday!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Jber, ak

Family time

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful time at rainbow lake lodge. The owners are some of the nicest people we have ever met. So helpful and hospitable. The views from the property are just gorgeous. We brought our young kids and they had the best time. There was plenty for them to do and explore. We will defiantly be bringing our kids here again next summer. Worth every dime I spent!!!!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind comments, we look forward to seeing you again next trip. Remember to reserve early if possible.
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Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Willow Airport
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Parks Highway
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Eagles Quest
Car: recommended

Guided fishing nearby

Canoe Rentals nearby

Flightseeing to Mt. McKinley

Tour Historic Independence Mine

Year round Dogsled demonstrations nearby


Rates & Availability

Willow Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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summer 2016
May 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 5.0%

If you choose to pay w Credit card - fee 3.5%
50% deposit of total rental cost required to hold reservation. Deposit is refundable if reservation is canceled 90 days prior to rental start date

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Alaska Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Downstairs Bathroom - toilet
    Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • Full upstairs bathroom with shower and toilet. Half bathroom downstairs with toilet.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , In living area
    Upstairs Bedroom - 1 queen , Upstairs
    Upstairs Bedroom - 1 queen , Upstairs
    Downstairs Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Downstairs
    Pack n Play Baby Bed - Pack n Play Baby Bed available
  • Queen size Beds (2) Upstairs bedrooms each with queen size bed, Downstairs bedroom with two twin size beds, Baby Cribs (1) portable crib available upon request, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • snowmobiling
3 docks Over 1000 feet of shoreline Short walking trail

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