Johnny Sack’s Cabin

Visitors planning a trip to scenic Island Park, Idaho often head this way in the name of outdoor adventure. That said, there’s a rich history to be found here as well, especially for those who take the time to add a stop at Johnny Sack’s Cabin to their itinerary.

A Testament to Time in Island Park

Situated along S. Big Springs Loop Road in Island Park, Johnny Sack’s Cabin is today a highly popular area tourist stop with roots dating back to 1929. This historic and handcrafted log cabin was designed and constructed by Johnny Sack in the early 20th century on land leased from the United States Forest Service. The cabin worked as Sack’s personal home and included a water wheel which still stands today and was originally designed to harness water’s specialized power to produce efficient levels of electricity. It took nearly three years for Sacks to complete the cabin due to its construction using hand tools. These included draw knives, planers, scrapers, and saws exclusively. Johnny Sack’s cabin was added to the National Register of Historic places as of 1979 and currently belongs to the United States Forest Service.

Plan a Visit

Those looking to step inside the Johnny Sack cabin can visit this historic stop between mid-June and mid-September annually. It remains a testament to how early settlers implemented such a unique left of craftsmanship into their homes and stands as a reminder of quality engineering and durability. From the split bark decoration to the eye-catching interior, it’s a fascinating place to see history brought back to life. The cabin remains a top destination for Island Park visitors and remains open thanks to efforts by local volunteers, the Island Park Historical Society as well as the Fremont County Parks and Recreation Department.

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