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Skier's and Bald Eagle Photographer's Paradise

Bedrooms 1
Space 300 sq ft
Property type cabin


About the property

Lake-front Cabin With Queen Bed And Kitchen

Swan View cabins are located thirty miles north of Haines, Alaska, in one of the most breathtaking settings on the planet. The lake-front cabins sport awe-inspiring views of the lake and surrounding snow-capped mountains. The property sits right in the heart of the Chilkat Bald Eagle preserve. There is private access to the lake.

This is a nature lover's paradise. Bald eagles nest within sight, and trumpeter swans nest in the lake; rearing their young all summer and fall. For bird watchers, spring and fall migration brings a wide variety of bird species.

For photographers, the cabins are the perfect location for daily expeditions to the Eagle Preserve, the Chilkat summit and surrounding areas. It is a short drive to the Eagle Preserve Council Grounds, where thousands of bald eagles gather in the fall. Bear, moose and wolves live nearby. In fall and spring, opportunities abound for capturing the Northern Lights. Private guided photography expeditions are available.

The location is perfect for winter recreation. The cabins are located in a belt of drier and calmer weather, with more sunny days and better snow conditions than coastal Haines.

Snow shoeing, cross-country and back country skiing opportunities abound. Cross-country ski trails are maintained nearby, and the nearby Chilkat Summit and Chilkat Mountains offer unlimited mountain skiing.

For anglers, Cut-Throat Trout, Dolly Varden Char, Sockeye and Silver Salmon are plentiful in the waters of the lake. The nearby Chilkat River has excellent fishing, especially for Silver Salmon in October and early November. There is ice fishing on the lake in the winter.

The main cabin is winterized and stays toasty warm with a vented propane heater. It has a queen-sized bed, fully-equipped kitchen, and bathroom with shower. The cabin has an outdoor deck, excellent drinking water as well as a DVD player with a broad selection of movies. It also has a twin hide-a-bed couch for a child or smaller person.

Check-in time is 2pm and check-out time is 11am.

Children are welcome. Guided tours and canoe rentals are available.

More Details

Joe Ordonez
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
January 11, 2018

About Joe Ordonez

Joe Ordonez has lived and guided in Haines, Alaska since 1987. Joe is an avid wildlife photographer, river runner, and skier. He and his wife, Edie, own Rainbow Glacier Adventures LLC, in Haines. Joe and Edie live at their house next door to Swan View Rental Cabins and look forward to serving as your hosts.

Joe Ordonez purchased this cabin in 2011

Why Joe Ordonez chose Haines

Joe first saw this property when working with Walt Disney for the film, White Fang, and fell in love with it instantly. Twenty years later, it came available for purchase and we didn't have to think twice!

The combination of stunning views and lakeside access, were what originally sold us on this property. The property is at the end of a back road, so it is a peaceful spot. In the winter, the weather is colder than on the coast and there is little wind, making this a perfect place for skiing and winter recreation.

Joe is a wildlife photographer and guide, and is currently working on a book about the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. The property abuts the Eagle Preserve, and its about a fifteen-minute drive to the Eagle Council Grounds, where thousands of bald eagles gather in the fall and early winter.

We love to explore and recreate, and it is great to be able to ski and ice skate out the front door on the frozen lake in winter, and canoe, kayak and fish the lake when it is not frozen. The nighttime views of the stars and Northern Lights are breathtaking.

What makes this cabin unique

Being up the highway, there is an 'interior' feel to the climate. This means warm summer and colder winters, with better snow. Driving from Swan View Cabins to photograph eagles is easy and safe compared to driving to the Eagle Preserve from town. Even in the dead of winter, it often rains in town and so to drive to the Eagle Preserve often requires driving from rain, through slush, to reach the Preserve. Swan View cabins are on the 'dry side' of the Preserve, so its a snap to drive from the cabins to the Eagle Council Grounds. Its nice to be there early before the other photographers arrive!


Haines Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • One queen bed. There is a twin hide-a-bed couch as well for a small person.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • whitewater rafting


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Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Haines, Alaska
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
33 mile
Nearest Ferry
34 Miles
Haines, Alaska
Nearest Golf
27 Miles
Haines Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Haines Highway
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
33 Mile Restaurqnt
Nearest Ski
Cross Country ski out the door!
Nearest Beach
Just below the cabins on the lakefront
Car: recommended

Swan View cabins have easy access to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, the Chilkat River, and Chilkat Summit and the town of Haines.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Tax Rate 8.0%

The rates above are for the main cabin, which is available year-round, except December and January. There are two smaller summer cabins on the property, with bathrooms but no kitchen. This could be a perfect arrangement for a family with kids. The adults could stay in the main cabin, the kids in the small cabins. Please contact owner for details about these cabins. Check-out is 11am and check-in is 2pm.

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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