Attraction Category: Museum, National Forest, and Point of InterestAttraction Tags: Attraction Idaho, Attraction Island Park Idaho, Family Attraction Idaho, Family Attraction Island Park Idaho, Historic Home Idaho, Historic Home Isloand Park Idaho, Museum, Museum Idaho, Museum Island Park Idaho, US 20 Attraction, and US Highway 20 Attraction
Interested in spending time at the historic Johnny Sack Cabin in Island Park Idaho? Enjoy beautiful scenery, wildlife viewing and interesting people. In 1929, Johnny Sack leased a small tract of land from the United States Forest Service and began building his log cabin at Big Springs. Little did Johnny know when he first acquired the choice building site, his home would become a landmark one day discussed in the United States Congress.
Due to its unique location and picturesque setting, the Johnny Sack cabin and nearby water-wheel have long been one of the most photographed sites in Island Park. The cabin attracts thousands of visitors each summer interested in the log and stone structure as well as the building’s colorful creator.
The Johnny Sack Cabin is open to the public from mid-June through mid-September, and visitors are invited to visit and see firsthand the unique craftsmanship of one of Island Park’s early settlers. One of Johnny’s trademarks is the split bark decoration used in the cabin’s furniture and interior. He took great pride in detail work. One ceiling lamp, still hanging in its original location, contains seventy-two individual handcrafted pieces of wood. A double bed was made of ninety-six wood pieces which Johnny nailed and glued together. Today many of the individually crafted pieces of wood furniture Johnny created for his home remain in their original location.
The Johnny Sack Cabin became part of the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 and is the property of the USFS. Come take a tour! It’s free, but donations are much appreciated!
- More Attraction DetailsSave to ListAddress: South Big Springs Loop Road
Island Park, Idaho 83429Hours: June 15-Sept 10th: Daily: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
- Local Points of InterestLocal Shopping:
Robins Roost Grocery, Grubstake Market and Deli, Island Park Fly Shop
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