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On The Wildlife Refuge

Bedrooms 1
Space 500 sq ft
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Studio Apt With Channel, Glacier And Mountain Views.

Large studio apartment with panoramic views of the Gastineau Channel, Mendenhall Wildlife Refuge and the Mendenhall Glacier. Private waterfront deck and entry.

Bald Eagle nest within 100 yards. Great for bird watching. Beautiful sunsets, in a "dry belt" so we get half the precipitation of downtown Juneau. Quiet with very little traffic.

Fully equipped kitchenette which includes dishes, flatware, pots & pans, coffee maker, toaster, stovetop, convection microwave, full size refrigerator w/ice maker, sink, washer dryer. Satellite TV, free Wi-Fi. Dining area large enough to seat 4 people, sitting area. Queen size bed, dresser, two closets, large bathroom with double vanities, tub/shower with grab bars. Limited number of stairs (12) and a semi-accessible path.

BBQ Grill, fire pit on the beach.

Close to walking/hiking trails, boat ramp, kayak & bike rentals. 8 miles to downtown. 17.5 miles to airport, 20.5 miles to Ferry terminal.

Rental car recommended, available at the airport.

No Smoking, No Pets, Please Remove your shoes at the door.

More Details

Betty and Mark Johnson
Member since: 2017
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 5, 2018

About Betty and Mark Johnson

My husband, Mark, and I are retired but we love to travel, fish, hike and do a lot of volunteer work in the community.

Betty and Mark Johnson purchased this studio in 1988

Why Betty and Mark Johnson chose North Douglas

Mark grew up in Illinois and I grew up in Idaho but both ended up in Juneau, Alaska. We spent 3 years looking for a home and when we found this one we loved it so much we bought it the same day. We believe we have one of the best places in the world to live, and we've seen a lot of the world.

What makes this studio unique

The air and water are clean, and we don't have the hustle and bustle of a big city. We love to travel but love coming home. We had stressful jobs and the tranquility here was our saving grace.


North Douglas Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq ft
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Large full bath with double vanities, tub/shower with grab bars
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen size bed
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
No Pets, No Smoking


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On The Wildlife Refuge
average rating of 4.875 based on 16 reviews

Best place I have stayed in Juneau.

  • 5 of 5

I have been traveling to Juneau several times a year for the past few years. This is by far the best place I have ever stayed in Juneau. The accommodations are very comfortable with all the amenities you my want or need and a world class view.Both Betty and Mark are warm and welcoming.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, Eric & Bea for the great review, especially with your strong ties to Juneau. It was winderful to have you here and hope to see you again.
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Amazing View!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the Douglas Island property immensely. The owners were extreemly helpful and gracious and went out of their way to answer our questions. Betty makes a most excellent crab dip! The view is amazing. Want to see eagles? This is the place! The property is conveniently located to all the surrounding sites, and nicely tucked away from the bustle of Juneau. We highly recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the kind words. We're glad you had such a good stay and good weather. We hope to see you again.
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Beautiful place in a beautiful setting!!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay on the wildlife refuge. This is a very comfortable place in an amazing setting! Betty and Mark have made this a great place to stay! We woke up every morning to the sound of Bald Eagles and even got to see a seal in the channel off of the deck! The view of the Mendenhall Glacier was spectacular and we just couldn’t get enough of it! I am so glad we stayed here and enjoyed the peace and tranquility away from downtown. We would definitely stay here again!!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Karen and Chris, Thanks so much for the great review. We work diligently to make a stay with us special. We'd love to have you visit again. Betty & Mark
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A fantastic place to spend a vacation!

  • 5 of 5

If you want to stay in a place that is very comfortable and well-equipped, this is the place to stay. But if you want to stay in a place with spectacular views, you must stay in this place. Other places in town have views of parking lots. We had the breathtaking view of Mendenhall glacier! And the eagles and hummingbirds and swallows made everything just all that more incredible. Betty and Mark are wonderful hosts, and we really enjoyed their company. They were so kind to tell us places to go and things to do, as they have lived there quite a while. It is a great value for the money and we would highly recommend anyone staying there.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review. We enjoyed having you with us, hopefully we'll see each other again. Alaska or Oklahoma! Betty & Mark
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A gem of a find! Beautiful quiet location and studio, stunning views, and wonderful, helpful hosts!

  • 5 of 5

The studio attached to a private residence, with its own entrance and expansive views from its own small deck, overlooking a wildlife preserve on the narrowed Gastineau Channel, with its four-times-per-day changing of tides, appearing as marshland at low tide and lake-like at high tide, with the gorgeous Mendenhall Glacier in the background, was a perfect refuge-home to come back to after sightseeing the Juneau area among its throngs of noisy tourists and cruise ship occupants "on shore leave". Juneau was vibrant and fun and full of activities (and stores), but after steeping ourselves in all of this for a while each day, we were delighted to drive over the bridge of the Gastineau Channel back to Douglas Island and head up the 7 miles to our lovely, serene abode and watch the birds in the preserve, Eagles nesting in large trees on our block, and assorted other wildlife in the area. Its great to walk out on the marsh/beach (our helpful hosts provide assorted sizes of boots to accomplish this), view the small fishing boats, the birds and beach critters up close, and take walks around the beautiful surrounding neighborhood. At high tide, the water turns into a lake. Our hosts, Betty and Mark, were exceptionally accommodating, wonderful to talk with, and provided advice and muffins and a few basics to tide you over if you forgot to shop at the grocery store on the way there!

The highlights of our stay, recommended by the owners:

(1) Driving to Mendenhall and taking a short hike to the beach there, where the glacier supplies a waterfall, and there are great views of the glacier itself.

(2) Taking the Mt. Roberts Tramway from downtown Juneau (where the cruise ships dock) to the top of the mountain, affording stunning landscape views of the whole Juneau area and waterways.

(3) Catching the boat in Juneau that tours the Tracy Arm Fjord, about a 7-8 hour adventure, chugging through baby icebergs and ending up at the amazing blue South Sawyer Glacier to watch the calving ice, sunbathing seals on iceberg chunks, and the bears, eagles, and mountain goats we spotted during our trip there and back. This was our favorite adventure during our Alaska vacation - even more than our two days at Glacier Bay - because the smaller sized boat takes you up close and personal, with great information and commentary given by the captain. It's a "don't miss"!

(4) A fabulous seafood meal at the Twisted Fish in Juneau on the Wharf.

(5) Hiking at Fish Creek.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you took full advantage of your trip to Juneau! We love being here and so enjoyed your company. Thank you for joining us. Betty & Mark
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Comfort of Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I visited Juneau in April and were very happy with our choice to stay at Betty and Mark's lovely property. The apartment was very cozy and clean, which made it very comfortable for our stay. We felt very welcome and the private entry was nice so we never felt like we were disturbing anyone around. We had everything we needed; Mark and Betty were beyond lovely hosts and ensured we had everything we needed to ensure our stay was great. The location is perfect for visiting Juneau, the view from the room was outstanding... and we were close to everything in a few minute drive. We even enjoyed walks just outside the house, which was very convenient and nice for lazy mornings or afternoons. We would highly recommend staying with Betty and Mark "On The Wildlife Refuge" if you are planning a trip to Juneau.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
17.5 Miles
Juneau International Airport
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Hanger on the Wharf
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Auke Bay Ferry Terminal
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
McGivney's Downtwon Sports Bar
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Eaglecrest Ski Area
Car: necessary

Juneau has a multitude of things to do and see. Whale watching, sport fishing, hunting, skiing, camping, hiking, biking, kayaking, sailing, scenic drives, arboretum, museums, souvenir shopping.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $38
Refundable Damage Deposit $250

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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