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Alaska lakefront cabin--sleeps 6. Adventures nearby! WI-FI. Fish from dock.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Lakefront cabin w/bath, 2 bedrooms, large deck.

Long Lake R & R

Lakefront cabin provides rest and relaxation. Enjoy the water from the decks, dock, paddleboat, canoe, and rowboat, or bring your own toys. Upstairs sitting room offers a wide view of the lake. Two bedrooms sleep six with one queen and two sets of bunk beds. New kitchen for 2018 in Maple and stainless steel with contemporary island bar. Wood stove and radiant heat keep you warm year around.

Kitchen features all the amenities to prepare your own meals, full size refrigerator, microwave, gas range, dishwasher, good quality cooking utensils and dining ware.

Bath is a new addition to the cabin and is large with 36x48 shower. There is also an outhouse!

Eastern and southern decks give you the best morning and afternoon sun.

There are relaxing chairs, quaint drink and snack tables, and a propane grill on the main deck.

The bath includes toilet, sink, extra-large shower, vanity mirror and plenty of room. In floor radiant heat keeps the chill off in the winter and a sunny window allows breeze in the summer. Towels, shampoo and conditioner, and hand soap are provided.

Kitchen is L shaped with a separate island at counter height and an attached fold up ledge that seats two at table height. Kitchen features new full size range, dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, tea kettle, plenty of utensils including instant read thermometer and plenty of preparation bowls if you like to prepare elegant meals. Pots and pans, cutting boards, knives and serving utensils will keep you well equipped to enjoy cooking while not losing sight of the lake.

The domestic water is potable but softened. As some people are on a low salt diet and softened water has a slightly increased sodium content, we make pure Alaskan Matsu-Water available in a handy container on the counter for drinking. It's great!

The master bedroom has a queen bed, closet, two bedside lamps and tables and a western facing window. The 2nd bedroom has two twin beds plus closet and window with a great lake view. The upstairs sitting room has a bunk bed that sleeps two. All beds feature matching duvets. Plenty of extra linens are in the closets should you need them.

The upstairs sitting room has a Smart TV, love seat, easy chair, cool Alaska Willow hand built chair, lamps, and the best indoor lake view. You will enjoy the sitting room any time of the day for games, reading, or simply looking out the window.

The living room on the main floor is large enough to seat your entire party for relaxing in front of the fire with your morning coffee or evening beverage. Great lake view, too. A large couch, rocking chair, easy chair, lamps and tables still provide plenty of moving around room in this main cabin area.

Dining is at the 6-place Maple table with matching chairs at the window looking over the deck and lake. Make the table any size you wish to seat from 1-6.

On the lake is an L-shaped dock with plenty of room for swimming, water skiing, or boating. On the lake shore are two older docks converted to sitting areas to watch the lake life. Please wear a life jacket around the water.

The entry way off Michigan St. is a narrow, private drive that opens into a larger circular drive with lots of parking space. There is no boat or winter toy launch from the property. We keep it that way to allow the blueberries and other vegetation to grow along the lake. You may, however, launch from Sides Drive across the lake and a few "blocks" north, then tie up or park on the lake in front of the cabin.

The deck is 12x40 plus a wrap-around to the south. Great morning and afternoon sun (or shade) along the entire deck and late afternoon/evening sun on the southern portion. A wide stairway leads from the deck to the lake level, or there is a driveway leading right to, but not onto the lake.

Washer and Dryer are now installed and work beautifully.

WINTER RENTALS? Available after Labor Day and before May 1 by special request only. Iditarod weekend available. It takes a little extra preparation on our part and some minor flexibility on your part to use Long Lake R&R in the winter, so please ask if that's something you want to do. Many folks feel that the shoulder seasons and winter are the best times to be at Long Lake for winter recreation and beauty.

More Details

Bob Congdon
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 23, 2018

About Bob Congdon

Bob was born and raised in Alaska and Joani has been here since 1973. We've owned the cabin for over 30 years and have done some upgrades this past year to make it more comfortable for guests. We live in Anchorage but frequently visit the cabin and are only a phone call away.

Bob Congdon purchased this cabin in 1984

Why Bob Congdon chose Willow

You will like this lakefront retreat for the variety of uses and its closeness to great adventure in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. The lake is open to all water sports and can range from active families enjoying summer and winter sports to one of the quietest, most restful places. The wood stove and radiant heat keep it warm in the winter and many windows allow good summer cooling.

If you like to prepare nice meals, we've incorporated good quality food preparation equipment in the kitchen. If you like to eat out, there is a deli, local fast food, and a decent restaurant all within 5 miles.

The bath will meet your needs in a colorful, clean, large room with extra large shower.

We like this area because it's close enough to Anchorage to get there in about 1.5 hours, yet far enough away that peace and quiet abound, particularly during the midweek or weekend mornings.

What makes this cabin unique

We particularly like the large deck, upstairs sitting room, and lake front for anything from morning coffee to tubing, depending on weather and what we feel like doing. That's the magic of this place. Games and puzzles on the dining room table in front of a fire, rowing, canoeing, swimming plus winter activities. You name it. They're all right here.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a wonderful house. We really enjoyed our stay here, and it was close to everything we wanted to do while we were here. The boys enjoyed fishing, and we were lucky enough to see Denali without cloud cover.

What a treat! Thanks for everything
Jun 2016
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cabin rental in Willow

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Extra large shower. Also a clean outhouse is available
  • Large shower, sink, toilet, mirrored cabinet. Towels, soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Closet, bedside tables and reading lamps.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Closet, bedside table and reading lamps.
  • Sitting area has bunk beds and reading lamp.
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • swimming
It's a cabin, so naturally there's also an outhouse. Works great, lighted and heated if you wish. Nice for outdoor activities any time of the year. The indoor plumbing works year-round too in a large, modern bathroom. Arrival not before: 4:30 p.m. Departure not after 10:30 a.m.


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Alaska lakefront cabin--sleeps 6. Adventures nearby! WI-FI. Fish from dock.
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews
Charleston, SC

Amazing cabin right on the lake

  • 5 of 5

Amazing cabin right on long lake. Was the prefect getaway. Quiet, easy drive to Nancy Lake park for hiking and water sports. Updated kitchen perfect for cooking in. Large back porch overlooking the water perfect for relaxing at night. Would easily stay here again

  • Submitted: 10-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The cabin was spotless and we had great views from the deck. The kids could go down to the dock to swim and take the paddle boat out for a swim.

We want to come back for a longer stay.

  • Submitted: 12-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Kennewick WA

Absolutely beautiful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is very roomy and very clean it is placed on Long Lake which is beautiful and we even got to take a rowboat out and catch a lot of Pike we had a wonderful time got to meet the hostess soon as we got here and he was extremely helpful and nice to us whoever stays here will absolutely enjoy this little piece of paradise

  • Submitted: 20-Aug-2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice house

  • 5 of 5

Beautifull on the lake with kano. Thank you for the great time.

From the Netherland

  • Submitted: 8-Aug-2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hannibal, MO

Great vacation rental

  • 5 of 5

Cool house with great access to Long Lake. Having use of the boats was great for our boys, and we enjoyed watching planes land on the lake. Thanks!

  • Submitted: 26-Jun-2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice little lake cabin

  • 5 of 5

I stayed there with my son and a friend, going hiking with Denali state park an hour to the North and some places near Palmer an hour to the East. The cabin was a great home base. Boating on the lake, relaxing around the fire, and watching the sun rise over the lake were good fun. Lot's of folks on the lake seem to own their own airplanes, with an airstrip and water planes coming and going once in a while. Although no fan of traffic in general, these small planes were interesting and only flew during the day. The owner, Bob, was very helpful. We felt welcome on arriving and glad we had gotten to stay here upon leaving.

  • Submitted: 30-May-2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Willow, AK
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Willow Trading Post, Willow, AK
Nearest Golf
42 Miles
Palmer, AK
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Willow, AK flag stop
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Parks Highway
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Eagle Quest
Nearest Ski
Cross-country on lake
Car: necessary

Visitors will enjoy one of South-central Alaska's best views of Mt. Denali from the road into the cabin or from the lake in front of the cabin.

Bring your own gear for cycling, 4-wheeling, jet-skiing, boating, tubing, water skiing, paddle boarding, fishing and walking right from the cabin, or hiking and exploring old mines in nearby Hatcher Pass. Easy launch for summer boats just across and up the lake off Sides Drive.

Eagle Quest Restaurant and Lodge is a few minutes away near Deshka Landing with good food and outstanding cinnamon rolls, or try Sheep Creek Lodge 20 miles north on the Parks Highway. Pizza, deli-food and a two small grocery stores plus a well equipped, quaint hardware store are available on the Parks Highway near mile 69.

The world famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race starts just North on Willow Lake and every team passes right in front of the cabin. Keep track of your favorite mushers from the comfort of the warm cabin or join the crowd right out on the frozen lake to cheer them on. Some years one can walk right up to the trail on packed snow. Other years one might need skiis, snowshoes, or a motorized snow vehicle. Many folks set up grills, tents, shelters, coolers and other comforts next to the trail for an afternoon of fun. Dress warmly!

Some of the world's best salmon and other fishing is within 10 miles along the Parks Highway, at the Deshka River, along the Susitna River, or among the many lakes and streams in the Susitna Valley or Matanuska Valley. Pike fishing is available from the cabin dock or rowboat or canoe. Great way to spend an early morning or late evening.

For those who wish to fly in, a float-plane can tie to the dock, or land your wheel plane at Willow.

Willow has a farmers's market on Fridays, 2-7 pm from July through August. Check it out to stock up on local produce and gift items for your weekend.

Talkeetna is just 45 minutes north. There you can take a flight-seeing trip to Mt. Denali or charter a river-boat for fishing and sightseeing. On Willow Lake, just a few minutes away, charter a fly-in fishing trip to any of the remote lakes or streams. These are quite popular day trips.

Wasilla is 40 minutes to the south. Most visitors will pass through it on the way to Long Lake R&R. There, many big box stores, restaurants, vehicle repair and every other amenity a traveler needs are always available. We like to stop at Three Bears grocery about 10 minutes north of Wasilla. This smaller store has everything from excellent meats to fresh vegetables, lots of hardware, fishing equipment, hunting supplies, a liquor store, deli, and excellent prices. It's kind of like a small Costco with more variety.

NOTE: a new Three Bears opened Summer 2017 in Houston, AK, about 15 minutes south of Long Lake R&R. This is really close by Alaskan standards, and it is a great store, but smaller than the one near Wasilla.

Contact the owner at any time during your stay at Long Lake R&R to talk about what to see, where to go, or any questions you may have to further your enjoyment of this fun and relaxing lakeside cabin.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cabin rental in Willow

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$33 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection C$78.29

No pets; No smoking. No refunds within 25 days of beginning of rental period. If Iditarod race does not transit Long Lake, refund of any rate above standard rate for the period minus $100 processing fee will be made within 45 days. Standard owner Credit card fees are included. VRBO may charge additional fees. Late check out Memorial Day and Labor Day on request. If wish to stay over one of those nights, regular nightly rate applies.
Regular arrival not before 4:30 p.m. Departure not after 10:30 a.m.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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