Richard Proenneke, called Dick, has become an icon of wild living in Lake Clark Park and Preserve. He was born in Iowa, and he worked as a rancher before joining the Navy the day after Pearl Harbor.
After he received a medical discharge in 1945, he took up ranching. In 1949, he created his 1st visit to Alaska at the invitation of a friend. He lived and worked in Alaska off and on for years, creating his 1st visit to Twin Lakes in 1962. By 1967, he had begun work on a cabin there. He completed it in 1968.
His cabin wasn’t the first cabin on Twin Lakes. Richard’s cabin, is known for its outstanding craftsmanship, that reflects his unshakeable wild ethic.
The cabin was built using only hand tools, many of which Richard himself had designed . Throughout the thirty years he lived at this cabin, Richard created homemade furniture and implements that reflected his woodworking genius.