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Lynx Lake Loop Canoeing Information
 
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Lynx Lake Loop, Nancy Lake Recreation Area

The Nancy Lake State Recreation Area is located 75 miles north of Anchorage along the Glenn highway near Willow. It contains an eight-mile chain of lakes called the Lynx Lake Loop. The portages and designated campsites are well marked along the canoe trail. Public-use cabins are also available for rent. The Lynx Lake Loop is an ideal weekend trip although it can be paddled in a full day. A longer trip can be made by continuing south from Lynx Lake to Butterfly and Skeetna Lakes before returning on the same route to rejoin the loop.

For those who prefer river canoeing, there is a put-in via the Little Susitna River at mile 57 of the Parks Highway in Houston. The river is mostly flat, but some canoeing experience is advisable because of the water temperature and remote location. Travel time on the river is four to five hours. For more information, contact:

Canoe rental and shuttle service is available at Nancy Lake from the following.

  • Tippecanoe
    PO BOX 1175
    Willow, AK 99688-1175
    (907) 495-6688


Map of the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area


 
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