- CABIN SIDING: The cabins were resided with rough-cut lumber from Ken Key’s mill in Grangeville, Idaho. All of this lumber was jet boated in during the spring of 2013 (Elk horn cabin completed) and Spring of 2014 (Bear and Bugle Cabins completed). A torch was used to put a slight burn on the rough-cut wood to seal it and then Sikkens stain was applied.
- CABIN WALLS: The old paneling from the 60s and 70s were removed and sheetrock was hauled in on a jet boat in March. Tape and texture was done in the spring and propane heat was added to the cabins, in order for the mud to dry. Joe Wood and family (from Grangeville) were brought in to help with the drywall.
- CABIN WINDOWS & DOORS: The windows were all boated in from Vinegar Creek boat ramp in the Spring. Vinegar Creek boat ramp is located 26 miles from the main highway out of Riggins ID. They were purchased in McCall, ID about a 45 minute drive south from Riggins, ID.
- CABIN FLOORING: the old carpet was removed that had been in since the 80s .. gross! Wood floor was put down. The wood flooring was hauled in, by boat, from Lewiston, ID.
- CABIN PORCH/STEPS: Wood was salvaged from the Painter Mine Cabin (upriver from Mackay Bar). The Painter Mine Cabin’s shop had beautiful cedar lining the roof. Once this property switched hands, Mackay Bar was awarded the contract to remove building structures from the land. Mackay Bar tore down multiple buildings and any salvageable materials were hauled downriver to our ranch. The cedar from Painter Mine shop was made into the steps/patio that are currently out front of the cabins.
- CABIN COUNTERTOPS: Buck Dewey poured concrete countertops for the bathroom vanities on site at Mackay Bar. Copper sinks were used as well.
- CABIN HEATING AND UTILITIES: The old propane water heater was replaced (and moved to the outside for ventilation purposes) and a new propane heater was installed.
Many friends and family helped out on the cabin projects when we first became owners of Mackay Bar Outfitters & Guest Ranch 6 years ago.
As a final mention, it’s always important to stock up on items such as screws, nails, tools, etc. When you’re here at Mackay Bar Ranch nestled in the Frank Church Wilderness on the “River of No Return” it’s not as if you’re able to run to the store for misc items. If you are out something, it will take at least a week to get it in! Many times, if items are ordered on Amazon Prime by the latest Friday morning, we can have them delivered to Arnolds Aviation in Cascade ID on Tuesdays. By Wednesday, if the weather is good, the mail plane can bring in the supplies!
We hope you’ve enjoyed a peek into our world here at Mackay Bar Ranch and the extra grit and perseverance it takes to build and remodel in the backcountry! Be on the lookout for more before and after photos and details over the next three months in regards to our ranch upgrades!