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why us

I came to McCarthy for the first time in 1993 and was mesmerized. Unlike today's footbridge, during the summer months, a hand-pulled tram was the way we crossed the Kennicott River. I took a job at the McCarthy Lodge and bought Swift Creek with a small down payment from tips I had saved through the season.

Over the next 12+ years, my time was shared between McCarthy in the summers and Homer in the winters. During that time, I co-founded Roadside Potatohead (aka The Potato) and had the cabins at Swift Creek built. Although The Potato was first sold in 2004, it's still in the "family” — and going strong! In 2010, I made the decision to work year-round in Homer where currently I'm on staff at Kachemak Heritage Land Trust and Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge. I'm thrilled to once again spend quality time in one of the most beautiful places on Earth — Wrangell St Elias.

McCarthy Cabins is host to three cabins on three separate properties, one being Swift Creek. Our summer team includes three furry family members; Mouse, BooBoo, and Fluffball Marshmallow. We hope you will join us this summer to visit this special place – we would love to share it with you!

Denise Jantz
Owner/Manager
McCarthy Cabins

 
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Here, I'm cleaning a Copper River red salmon around 1997

Here, I'm cleaning a Copper River red salmon around 1997

Roadside Potatohead on the west side of the Kennicott River, 1998

Roadside Potatohead on the west side of the Kennicott River, 1998

Mouse and BooBoo, two of McCarthy Cabins' resident fur balls

Mouse and BooBoo, two of McCarthy Cabins' resident fur balls

Fluffball Marshmallow, our resident house bunny

Fluffball Marshmallow, our resident house bunny