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

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 900 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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. Free WiFi.

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,

More Details

Steve or Sharon Wells
Member since: 2010
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
15 July, 2018

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 Willow

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin rental in Willow

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Free Wifi
  • 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 enclosure
  • Full upstairs bathroom with shower and toilet. Half bathroom downstairs with toilet.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Convertible bed(s) - 1 sofa bed/futon , In living area
    Upstairs Bedroom - 1 large double bed , Upstairs
    Upstairs Bedroom - 1 large double bed , Upstairs
    Downstairs Bedroom - 2 single bed , 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
  • 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
  • swimming
3 docks Over 1000 feet of shoreline Short walking trail


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Private Lakeside 3BR Cabin w/ 1000ft Shoreline & 3 Docks to explore
average rating of 4.9 based on 58 reviews

Beautiful Property!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time visiting Alaska. Thanks to Steve and his wife for addressing any needs or concerns , and going out of their way to welcome us in and feel at home. Beautiful property that is a must visit!!

Thanks again.

  • Review Submitted: 30/05/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always a pleasure having such nice guests, hope to see you and the family in the future.
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Very quiet and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

It was surprisingly quiet even though there are neighboring houses. It had nice docks. If you had your own kayak or something that you could take out on the lake that would be nice. I didn't go at the right time for fishing but horse back riding out of Palmer was great. Steve made sure we had what we needed and helped us with any tips on what to see. I wanted a pretty low key vacation and it was great for that. Cabin is very nice. Has what you need and is a good escape from technology. Little phone service and no internet.

  • Review Submitted: 22/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spacious, comfortable, private.

  • 5 of 5

My husband, 13-year-old son, and I spent three nights at Rainbow Lodge at the end of July. We would happily return! I knew the cabin (house!) would be more space than we needed, but what a treat! Steve has everything perfectly appointed. We definitely needed more time for the cabin, the lake, and the area at large. The beds and linens were so comfortable, and the outdoor amenities--deck, chairs, paddle boat, beautiful property, etc.--added to the enjoyment of our stay. We took Steve's advice to rent canoes from Tippecanoe in the Nancy Lakes Rec Area, and the canoe loop was one of the highlights of our trip.

  • Review Submitted: 20/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Jose, CA

Cozy and clean

  • 4 of 5

This was a cozy, clean, quiet, peaceful place to stay. If you are looking for fancy pants, this is not it but it was perfect for what we wanted - and most importantly it was nice and clean and had comfy beds! It was nice to know that the owner was close in case any thing went wrong.

  • Review Submitted: 14/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome experience!!

  • 5 of 5

Clean lodge overlooking a beautiful lake. We enjoyed hearing the loons every morning. Very helpful and gracious owner. We highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 07/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cave Creek, AZ

You will not be disappointed!!!

  • 5 of 5

I have stayed in my fair share of VRBO's over the years and generally have been pleased. This VRBO rental has been exceptional. The location is exactly what you are looking for if you want a quiet cabin in the woods on a lake. There were many times that I went out of the upper deck and absolutely could not hear anything, total silence. Once the weekend came the activity picked up but did not affect the experience. Steve was a very active owner and lives next door in another cabin and is very hospitable. No Wi Fi at the cabin but you can get it at the local library. Cell phone and texting were fine on roaming.

  • Review Submitted: 23/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Rental Rates for this holiday cabin in Willow

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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 cancelled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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