Legacy Project

Log Cabin at Phoenix Lake

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. The Parks Conservancy in partnership with MMWD is pursuing funding opportunities as MMWD develops the project schedule and approach.


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.   


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Full rehabilitation would bring the cabin back to as close to its original condition as possible

The building’s distinctive curly redwood window and door trim were made from wood from a fallen tree on the property

The Log Cabin currently suffers from years of damage from insects, woodpeckers, and weather


Contact Matt Leffert at to support the restoration of the Log Cabin and other projects and programs helping to maintain and restore Mt. Tam.


Join us to help pull invasive weeds, restore habitats, maintain trails, count wildlife, protect breeding frogs, and more: