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Nancy Lake State Recreation Area is a scenic park located in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley in southcentral Alaska, approximately 67 miles north of Anchorage. The recreation area is known for its interconnected lakes, which are popular for canoeing and paddle sports, as well as fishing and hiking.

Camping Amenities

The camping facilities at Nancy Lake State Recreation Area include:

  • Campsites: The park offers both backcountry and car-accessible campsites. Backcountry sites are reached by canoe or on foot, while car-accessible sites are mainly at South Rolly Lake Campground, which has facilities for tents and RVs.
  • Cabins: For those preferring a bit more shelter, the park has a number of public-use cabins available for rent that are situated around the lakes.
  • Toilets: The area provides vault toilets, but running water and flush toilets are not available.
  • Water: Campers are advised to bring their own drinking water or be prepared to treat water from the lakes.
  • Picnic Areas: Picnic facilities are available, which may include tables and fire pits.


Nancy Lake State Recreation Area offers a variety of outdoor activities including:

  • Canoeing and Boating: The park features a chain of lakes known as the Nancy Lake Canoe Trail System, which is perfect for canoeing and kayaking adventures.
  • Fishing: Fish species in the area include rainbow trout, Arctic char, and grayling. Remember that a valid Alaska fishing license is required.
  • Hiking: There are several hiking trails in the area, offering a chance to explore the surrounding wilderness on foot.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The park is a habitat for moose, bears, beavers, and a variety of bird species.
  • Winter Activities: In the winter months, the park becomes a destination for cross-country skiing, dog sledding, and snowmachining.

Regulations and Safety

  • Bear Safety: The area is home to Alaska's bears, so proper food storage and bear safety knowledge are crucial.
  • Weather Preparedness: Weather can change rapidly, so come prepared with layered clothing and rain gear year-round.
  • Boat Safety: Life jackets are a must when enjoying the lakes.
  • Fire Regulations: Stay informed on current fire regulations and whether there may be any burn bans when you plan to visit.

Reservation and Fees

  • Reservations for campsites and public-use cabins can be made through the Alaska State Parks website or associated reservation system.
  • Fees vary depending on the type of campsite or cabin rented, and day-use parking may also be subject to a fee.

Contact Information

Before heading out, it is recommended to contact the Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation or the specific park office for the most current information regarding conditions and availability.

  • Telephone: You can reach out to the Alaska State Parks office for up-to-date information.
  • Website: Alaska State Parks Website offers resources including maps, reservation details, and contact information.

When visiting Nancy Lake State Recreation Area, always practice Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the natural environment, and ensure that the park remains a beautiful and safe place for both people and wildlife.

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