Alone in the Wilderness - the story of Dick Proenneke
Dick Proenneke's cabin on the shore of Lake Clark


Dick Proenneke spent his first summer in the Twin Lakes region scouting out the best cabin site and cutting logs. He returned the next summer to build his cabin, stayed through that winter and the next summer before he returned to Iowa for the winter. Dick hadn't planned on returning to Twin Lakes, but he changed his mind and returned the next spring and remained at Twin Lakes for 30 years, leaving only occasionally to visit his family.

Dick Proenneke's cabin

Dick Proenneke spent much of his time studying the wildlife of the Twin Lakes region. Birds, squirrels and even a weasel got used to Dick and would come to his cabin looking for a handout. A brown bear attacked his cabin one time, but Dick was able to chase it off before either one got hurt.


Dick Proenneke's cabin in Winter

Babe Alsworth, a bush pilot friend of Dick, brought in food and supplies. Dick hunted and fished. He even volunteered as back country interpreter and naturalist in Lake Clark National Park.

Dick Proenneke used snowshoes to get around in Winter

Dick bought a J-3 Piper Cub in 1967 which he used to explore the area around his cabin. Unfortunately he crashed near Sheep Mountain when flying back to Iowa. He had seriously damaged his back, but he was able to make his way to the Alaskan Highway. Luckily he was able to get a ride to a hospital. Dick didn't fly a plane again, but he was able to return to his cabin in the Spring.

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