Phoenix Lake Log Cabin


The storied and picturesque Log Cabin stands proudly above the shores of Phoenix Lake on Marin Municipal Water District’s Mt. Tamalpais Watershed. Built in the late nineteenth century using local redwoods, it may be the only log house of its kind remaining in Marin County. The cabin was originally built for the Porteous family who once owned the land, but it has most recently served as a gathering and meeting place. It underwent partial renovation in 1940 and 1989, but today the building is no longer in use and the original logs used in construction suffer from insect infestation, woodpecker damage, and rot.

A recent Historic Structure Report summarized the cabin’s historical significance, important architectural details, current condition, and a range of options for what might be done with the building and surrounding grounds. The Marin Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors has directed staff to proceed with a full restoration. MMWD completed a Basis of Design Report and cost estimate for the full restoration in June 2016. MMWD is pursuing funding opportunities. Please contact if you are interested in getting involved with this project or have any suggestions.
Explore the Log Cabin
Although access to the Log Cabin is limited until it can be restored, a virtual tour has been developed, which offers self-directed 360-degree views of both its interior and exterior. A new trail and interpretive signs at the cabin also offer insights into the history and architectural significance of the site.
Project Overview