Johnny Sack Cabin

Johnny Sack Cabin is located at Big Springs, five miles east of Mack’s Inn on Highway 20 in Island Park, Idaho. The cabin can be reached via a short, paved walking path starting in the campground at Big Springs. The cabin’s unique location, contraction, and furnishings provide for an interesting visit.


Johnny Sack, a German cabinet maker, came to the United States in his 20’s. In 1929, he leased a small tract of land at Big Springs from the Forest Service. The cabin was started in 1932 and completed three years later. Even though he was a bachelor all his life, he had many friends and visitors. Consequently, he added on to the house over the years.

What makes the craftsmanship of Johnny Sack’s cabin unique is the use of bark in the details of the house and his furniture. Through a careful preparation of the lumber, the bark remains on the wood, providing a creative texture and color to the trim of windows, wall panels, ceiling lamps, chairs, desks, beds, and other wooden items.

After Johnny’s death in 1957, the cabin was to be removed along with all the other private Cabins in the area. Through the efforts of interested citizens, the cabin, and its colorful history was preserved. The cabin is maintained by a local nonprofit organization.

Directions From Rexburg:

  1. Head north on 2nd E. past Walmart
  2. Turn right to merge onto US-20 E toward St Anthony/W Yellowstone travel 58 miles
  3. Sharp right onto S Big Springs Loop Rd  
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